Five New Free Agents the Detroit Tigers Should Target Immediately
Detroit Tigers free agent target: Curt Casali
Position – C
Age on Opening Day – 32
Once upon a time Curt Casali was a 10th round pick by the Detroit Tigers. He spent a little more than a year in the system before Detroit traded him to Tampa Bay for left-handed pitcher Kyle Lobstein, with the Tigers choosing instead to cast their catching lot with another backstop they drafted that year, James McCann. Now McCann is seen as one of the best free agent catchers on the market, but Casali may be a reasonable facsimile at a much lower cost. Among all catchers with at least 450 plate appearances over the past three seasons, Casali ranks 10th in wRC+ (16 points ahead of McCann), 13th in Isolated Power (28 points ahead of McCann), and 13th in walk rate (4.5% better than McCann). To be fair, Casali has played fewer than half the innings of McCann, but he’s proven to be a fringe-average defender, and the Tigers desperately need help at catcher.