Detroit Tigers: 3 ways to address the shortstop predicament

Aug 8, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Willi Castro (9) chases a ball hit by Cleveland Indians catcher Austin Hedges (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 8, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Willi Castro (9) chases a ball hit by Cleveland Indians catcher Austin Hedges (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 2, 2020; Dunedin, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays infielder Kevin Smith (78) throws to first for an out against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers trade for SS Kevin Smith: Toronto Blue Jays

Kevin Smith has seen some time in left field for the Jays down in Buffalo, their Triple-A affiliate to add to his versatility. At first glance, his numbers do not stand out until this season in which he has a wRC+ of 147 and has tapped into his power, which was a part of his profile according to our friends over at Jays Journal.

He is currently stuck behind a talented core of infielders in Toronto so there is no room for him to play. The Blue Jays need pitching and perhaps a bullpen arm or starter for Smith could be a temporary and a cheaper solution than if the Tigers decided not to spend money.

He has been known for his defense since his days at the University of Maryland but the power as I mentioned earlier, has picked up. Scouting reports indicated he has soft hands and good range with his arm.

His K rate is down and his on-base percentage is up so he is seeing the ball better. Is that a sign he is ready to come up? Perhaps, but the Tigers could look into what the Jays would want in exchange for Smith.

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