Detroit Tigers: 3 way-too-early high-impact free agents to target

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Aug 4, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports /

The Detroit Tigers sign Carlos Correa to be their everyday shortstop

Carlos Correa turns 27 next month and has put up an impressive season as he seems to be hitting his stride on offense and defense.

His slash line has been .272/.367/.478 with a WRC+ of 137 with 17 home runs and 59 RBI so far this season. He hits the ball all over the field with power and his current hard hit% contact rate is just below his high in 2017 of 44.6% and his walk and strike-out rates are below the league average. 

He has had some injuries sure but he has played over 100 games in every season but his rookie season and in 2019. Currently, he has an fWAR of 3.9 and we are all familiar with the fact he once played for manager A.J Hinch.

Whatever the state of Michigan has to do as a collective to make this happen outside of money,  whether its stock in all three automakers, renaming a city “Correa City”, this would be high impactful because it would provide a much needed steady power threat and defense at a position that has been near the bottom as a team in fielding (26th according to FanGraphs) compared to Houston, which is ranked number 6 on the strength of Correa.

As painful as this next sentence is to say, Detroit struggles as a free agent destination because it is in the Midwest however, there is enough talent here that doing whatever it takes to make Correa a Tiger must happen. His impact alone could help Detroit get into playoff contention sooner.