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

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Jul 28, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor (3) completes the double play during the fifth inning as San Francisco Giants first baseman Darin Ruf (33) slides into second base at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers sign Chris Taylor

Wait, a super-utility guy? What? How is that impactful?

Perhaps since Tigers fans may have not seen one hit some sort of power (21 homers in 2017, 17 in 2018, 17 so far this season) and one who has had a wRC+ of over 100 in his time in five seasons.  Not to mention this season, he has an fWAR of 3.7 and before you say “so, your point?” he has played in centerfield, second base, shortstop, left field, a pair of games at third and right field this season.

The best part about Taylor? He does not have a negative DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) in any of those positions listed above. He is a solid defender who can get on base consistently and that is something the Tigers could use. Manager AJ Hinch loves utility players so why not get the most impactful one on the market?

Salary numbers for all three would be hard to guess, considering there could be a possibility of a strike this off-season. But adding two of these three high-impact players in addition to other smaller deals to address the lack of depth would help the Tigers get closer to playoff contention.

The Tigers just need to be the smartest team in free agency. Spend smart to get impactful players and these three to me, are a good start.

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