Detroit Tigers: Way too early 2022 roster predictions

LAKELAND, FL - Riley Greene looks on during a Spring Training game. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LAKELAND, FL - Riley Greene looks on during a Spring Training game. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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Aug 26, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien (10) puts on the team home run jacket after hitting a home run against Chicago White Sox in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

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Marcus Semien SS/2B

Semien will cost some real money but he won’t cost “Carlos Correa money”. Locking up an up-the-middle player who had an 8 bWAR year in 2019 and a good shot at a 7 WAR year in ‘21 would be a huge addition. 4-years/$90M with a fifth-year club option that can vest if Semien performs well should get the 31-yr old Semien on board.

Starling Marte CF

Marte is completing a fine season once again, this time in an Oakland A’s uniform. He’s currently on a stolen base binge and sporting a .400 OBP. His legs are obviously still good at age 32. His presence in the lineup would be immense. 4-yr/$72M

Justin Verlander SP

Just read this…but skip the part about the Cards playing in the ‘35 World Series. Hey…it was late when I wrote it.

Get creative on the deal. Defer some money to later years. Give Verlander an opt-out after the second year. Get a club option after year three. Load it up with incentives Verlander can strive to reach. Get it done. The man will compete and his riding ride will lift all boats.

3-yr/$54M with incentives everywhere.

Collin McHugh RP

McHugh is having a big comeback season in Tampa. Shutting everyone down. We know Tampa will likely try to create the next McHugh instead of paying him because that’s what Tampa does. Detroit should be able to get McHugh for 2-yr/$7M after he made $1.8M this year.