Detroit Tigers: An early look at some possible free agent targets
SP Jameson Taillon
I knew I wanted to put a starter on here, and I struggled between Taillon and Sean Manaea. But in the end, I went with the former No. 2 overall pick due to his consistency.
You pretty much know exactly what you’re going to get from Taillon from year to year: an ERA in the high 3s to low 4s, low walks, low strikeouts. He won’t miss a ton of bats. His career ERA of 3.83 is pretty much right on par with his career 3.81 FIP, again speaking to his consistency.
The big thing with Taillon has always been his health. The 30-year-old has had both Tommy John surgery and flexor tendon surgery, and has even survived testicular cancer. But the last two years he’s been fully healthy, so hopefully the injury woes are behind him, for his sake.
Taillon used to be able to dial it up close to triple digits, but nowadays he’s hovering around 95 mph with his fastball. His four-seamer is part of a vast repertoire that include six pitches. The other five are as follows: slider, curveball, cutter, sinker, and a changeup. He has upped his cutter and sinker usage this year according to Baseball Savant.
Spotrac projects that Taillon would have an AAV of about $11 million over his next contract. They predict he’ll get a three-year, $33 million deal. For the Tigers, who are going to need starting pitching help with both Tarik Skubal and Casey Mize out long term, this seems like a good deal to make.
Taillon is dependable when healthy. If the Tigers can improve their injury prevention, he would be a nice fit in Detroit. Chris Fetter could always work on some stuff with him too to make him even better.