Detroit Tigers may work the phones to bring in a left-handed hitting infielder.
The Detroit Tigers have continued to make slow baby steps in the right direction. It’s pretty early in the offseason, and going to take time for the Tigers to get everything done. But the good news is, it’s a long offseason.
One of the things that Scott Harris said when addressing the media is that he plans to target a left-handed hitting infielder for the team’s infield moving forward. However, the free agent market is ultra-thin regarding left-handed bats in the infield.
While some first basemen might fit the build of what the Tigers are looking for, they may not be the short-term fix that the Tigers are looking at. The Tigers may have to reach beyond the free-agent market to find what they are looking for.
There are many different options out there, but looking for a left-handed bat, the Tigers may have to get creative. But it could happen in an offseason full of change where Scott Harris is going to make some wholesale changes to the organization.
This might require working the phones and putting together a trade for the Tigers. They may have to reach out to the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers to check in on the Lowe Brothers. Former MCB Site Expert, Rogelio Castillo, broached the subject in the past, and with a new regime in power, this is an option to consider once again.
But beyond that, the trade market is where the Tigers will likely be able to bring in the left-handed bat they are looking for to help add to the infield. It seems like they are looking for a bat for the left side of the infield or a second baseman who fits this need.
However, Harris also mentioned wanting a short-term bridge at first base. This makes me feel like there could be a possibility to target someone to play first base as a left-handed bat since there are a couple on the market that could pique the interest of the Tigers.
While that may not lead to a trade if the team goes out and trades for someone, the trade seems more likely if they are looking to add in a third baseman who swings it from the left side. It will be interesting to see how the Tigers attack this moving forward, but they may have to dip into the trade market.