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Detroit Tigers: How My Free Agent Suggestions Are Faring This Spring

PEORIA, ARIZONA - MARCH 09: Carlos Santana #41 of the Kansas City Royals during an at bat against the Seattle Mariners in the sixth inning of the MLB spring training baseball game at Peoria Sports Complex on March 09, 2021 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
PEORIA, ARIZONA - MARCH 09: Carlos Santana #41 of the Kansas City Royals during an at bat against the Seattle Mariners in the sixth inning of the MLB spring training baseball game at Peoria Sports Complex on March 09, 2021 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /
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GOODYEAR, ARIZONA – MARCH 01: Carlos Santana #41 of the Kansas City Royals. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

I had suggested Santana to the Detroit Tigers this past offseason for two chief reasons: firstly, they would need a first baseman after the departure of fan-favorite CJ Cron. Secondly, Santana, despite his abysmal batting average over the past several seasons, has shown both the ability to hit for power and to walk; two skills the Detroit Tigers struggled with mightily over the past few seasons.

Should the Detroit Tigers Have Signed Carlos Santana?

MLB Trade Rumors had projected a Santana deal at one year, $6 million but Santana would ultimately sign in the Central Division with the Kansas City Royals for 2 years, $17 million. Considering the Detroit Tigers only gave a multi-year deal to Robbie Grossman, it would seem that a heftier two-year pact would have been out of the cards financially.

That said, Santana has been the model of consistency this spring. In the article from December, I trumpeted such predictability, although Santana has essentially no ceiling. The Detroit Tigers opted for more ceiling, control, and a cheaper price with Renato Nunez, who agreed to a $1.3 million deal if he makes the club; not a bad investment for a 30-home run guy in 2019.

Here are Carlos Santana’s numbers thus far in spring:

It is hard to envision Nunez being a part of the next contending Tigers team, but the same could be said for Santana; simply considering the length of his contract and his age. If Nunez’s power can translate to Comerica Park, he’s a possible trade chip and actual flip candidate as the Detroit Tigers begin to build.

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