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First Things First: Should the Detroit Tigers Bring In a First Baseman?

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Aug 8, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) fields a throw for an out by San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (not pictured) during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 8, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) fields a throw for an out by San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (not pictured) during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports /
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This offseason already has Detroit Tigers fans buzzing. The trade for Tucker Barnhart may not seem like a big deal to many, but to Tigers fans, it’s a giant pounce in the right direction.

With rumors aplenty of the Detroit Tigers potentially signing some big-name free agents, one position remains a question mark, at least until Spencer Torkelson comes up. Who should man first base?

Jonathan Schoop played 114 games at first for Detroit in 2021, while Miguel Cabrera played 44 games.

Schoop was signed as, and can still play second base. Willi Castro, Issac Paredes, Niko Goodrum, and Harold Castro all seem to be good utility players, but none have earned that everyday spot at the major leagues. At least not yet. That means Schoop will seemingly be back at second full time when a certain prospect named Spencer Torkelson makes his debut and becomes the Tigers’ first baseman for years to come.

That takes the Detroit Tigers out of the market for Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rizzo, and Kyle Schwarber, but a second-tier guy could definitely be a nice addition. Let’s take a look at a few of the free-agent or trade options at first base the Tigers could consider.

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