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3 key questions the new Detroit Tigers GM needs an answer to

HOUSTON, TEXAS - MAY 05: Manager A.J. Hinch of the Detroit Tigers talks with reporters before playing the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 05, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - MAY 05: Manager A.J. Hinch of the Detroit Tigers talks with reporters before playing the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 05, 2022 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Jul 29, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Tigers left fielder Robbie Grossman (8) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Tigers left fielder Robbie Grossman (8) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports /

Bonus question: ‘Who should be the Detroit Tigers Opening Day right fielder in 2023?’

Austin Meadows and Riley Greene presumably have left field and centerfield locked up heading into next season, but after the departure of Robbie Grossman, the team needs a right fielder and ideally someone who could be a middle-of-the-order bat.

The fun answer, of course, is Aaron Judge–but given where this team is and the bidders the Tigers would be up against, it makes that thought more of a pipedream than a realistic route. Internally, options are limited with Victor Reyes, Willi Castro, Kerry Carpenter, and Daz Cameron. All are considered to be bench options on a competitive club.

Wil Myers, Adam Duvall, Brandon Nimmo, and Stephen Piscotty are all free agent options, or the club could also try to trade for an outfielder to address the need as well.

If the club decides to go a different direction at first base, second base, third base, catcher, and right field, which there is a decent chance they do, over half of the lineup would turn over with what they had opened with last season.

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