Five New Free Agents the Detroit Tigers Should Target Immediately
Major League Baseball’s non-tender deadline passed this evening, which means there’s a new crop of interesting free agents on the market. Here are five players the Detroit Tigers need to pursue.
As expected, the Detroit Tigers tendered contracts to all nine of their arbitration-eligible players. But most other teams saw fit to release a handful of players, and now the Tigers are free to sign them.
We’ve already touched on Eddie Rosario, Kyle Schwarber, Carlos Rodon, and Nomar Mazara, but many other interesting names joined the list this evening, including a toolsy outfielder from Colorado.
Detroit Tigers free agent target: David Dahl
Position – OF
Age on Opening Day – 27
David Dahl was one of the more shocking non-tenders this evening. Yes, he had a very bad 2020 season, and he’s been injury prone in his career. But Dahl was once a top-25 prospect in all of baseball, when he’s healthy he plays well, and he was only expected to make about $2.5 million next season. The injuries are a concern, and like most Colorado Rockies hitters he shows pretty stark home/road splits, but there’s still some upside here. The Detroit Tigers have plenty of playing time available in the outfield, and a healthy David Dahl would at least perform like a left-handed JaCoby Jones. If he could somehow stay healthy and reach his full potential, he’s a real building block.