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Detroit Tigers: 3 hitters to explore trading for this offseason

Tyler Kotila
Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy (12) fields a throw to home plate during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy (12) fields a throw to home plate during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Detroit Tigers, Josh Donaldson
New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson (28) throws to first base to force out Houston Astros shortstop Jeremy Pena (not pictured) during the second inning in game one of the ALCS for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports) /

Detroit Tigers should consider adding Josh Donaldson.

Now this one might seem a little out there, but if the Detroit Tigers want to add in a stopgap third baseman, they should consider Josh Donaldson. Now, the intrigue here may not be as high as some other players; it’s worth considering him.

Donaldson is 36 years old, and his career is winding down. But if the plan is not to let Ryan Kreidler do his thing, then finding a veteran stopgap to help manufacture some runs may not be the worst thing in the world.

The former MVP winner spent the 2022 season with the New York Yankees, where he slashed .222/.308/.374 with 28 doubles,15 home runs, and 62 RBI. If the Tigers are going to trot out Jeimer Candelario, I’d rather see Donaldson.

It’s not that he is going to come in and hit 30 home runs for the Tigers, but he would provide some pop and fill a gaping hole at third base. While there’s hope that Ryan Kreidler can settle in somewhere in the Tigers infield, filling that gap with Donaldson is certainly something to think about.

The Tigers may end up paying a bit for Donaldson, as he’s on a contract with a  $23 million yearly price. He is signed through the $23 million season, so it would provide the Tigers with a proven player as the stopgap until they find a long-term solution beyond.

Donaldson is someone to consider with a thin free-agent pool at the third base position this winter. They need to find a solution somewhere, and Donaldson is someone to consider.

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