Detroit Tigers: 3 free agent shortstop options they could pursue

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 19: Miguel Sano #22 of the Minnesota Twins slides safely into second base as Jose Iglesias #1 of the Detroit Tigers fields the ball during the eighth inning of the game on August 19, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 5-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 19: Miguel Sano #22 of the Minnesota Twins slides safely into second base as Jose Iglesias #1 of the Detroit Tigers fields the ball during the eighth inning of the game on August 19, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 5-4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 9: Shortstop Ronny Rodriguez #60 of the Detroit Tigers throws out Paul DeJong #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals at first base as second base umpire Tony Randazzo looks on during the second inning at Comerica Park on September 9, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Tigers have a handful of options for their starting shortstop in 2019. Here are three free agents that could fit into the mix.

Detroit Tigers General Manager Al Avila has a laundry list of tasks to accomplish this offseason. One of the biggest needs is at starting shortstop. Presently, the team has three big league middle infielders on the roster: Niko Goodrum, Dawel Lugo and Ronny Rodriguez. Goodrum is expected to start at second base, with Rodriguez the likely shortstop if the season started today.

However, the season doesn’t start today, and the Tigers have a long offseason to find someone else who can start at short. While the team is in rebuilding mode, that doesn’t preclude them from exploring the open market to find a veteran to plug in for a year or two while guys like Sergio Alcantara, Wenceel Perez, Willi Castro and Jose King develop on the farm.

Plus, if the Tigers find a shortstop stopgap that performs well, they could always shop them in July to acquire more prospects as they trudge along in their rebuild.

Here are three free agents that the Detroit Tigers could pursue this offseason to help bridge the gap between the future of the position and the current set up.

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