The Detroit Tigers already signed a player named Jose Fernandez this offseason, a young left-handed reliever who will compete to be Detroit’s LOOGY next season. However, now that the Angels have released their Jose Fernandez, Detroit should consider adding a name-twin.
Fernandez finally reached the big leagues in 2018, posting a nice .267/.309/.388 slash line with a 94 wRC+ in 36 games. He has always hit well in the upper minors, with a .202 ISO at Triple-A in 2018 (17 home runs in 91 games).
Detroit is in need of a left-handed hitting first baseman – and Fernandez fits the bill perfectly. While Justin Bour, Logan Morrison, Lucas Duda and Luis Valbuena are all options, Fernandez represents a cheap option that has a great chance to outperform all of them.
At age 30, Fernandez doesn’t represent a long-term option for the Tigers. In fact, they’d be lucky to get more than 1-2 years out of him.
However, he represents a nice veteran stopgap that shouldn’t cost much and should give the Tigers solid production at a spot of need. Can’t ask for much more than that.