Detroit Tigers: 4 candidates we’d love for Scott Harris to hire as GM

Tigers' new president of baseball operations Scott Harris speaks during his introductory news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.
Tigers' new president of baseball operations Scott Harris speaks during his introductory news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. /
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Orioles assistant GM Sig Mejdal

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OAKLAND, CA – MAY 1: Trey Mancini #16 and Assistant General Manager Sig Mejdal of the Baltimore Orioles in the dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 1, 2021 in Oakland, California. The Orioles defeated the Athletics 8-4. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images) /

Do you like analytics? Well, this is the GM candidate for you. Mejdal has spent his entire career using analytics and sabremetrics to try to get players in the best situations to succeed.

He got his baseball career started with the Cardinals in 2005, where he led their at-the-time new analytics department. In 2012, the Astros hired him to be their director of decision sciences. Under his watch, the Astros led the wave of analytics is major league baseball, ranking near the top of the league in shift-usage.

When Mike Elias became the GM of the Orioles, he took Mejdal with him to be his assistant GM. While in Baltimore, he has continued to do his thing when it comes to analytics, completely reshaping the Orioles’ analytics department.

Mejdal seems like an ideal fit for the Detroit Tigers, given the analytics backgrounds of both Scott Harris and A.J. Hinch. Plus, he’s familiar with Hinch from their days in Houston.

The Tigers have made a huge shift toward analytics over the past couple of years. If they wanted to double down on that, Mejdal would make a lot of sense.

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