3 ways the Detroit Tigers' latest signing impacts the 2024 roster

Keston Hiura's the Detroit Tigers signing after joining the team on a minor-league deal, but is still going impact the 2024 roster.

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Keston Hiura (18) reacts after sliding into second base for a double.
Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Keston Hiura (18) reacts after sliding into second base for a double. / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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The Detroit Tigers brought in Keston Hiura for depth.

The bottom line is that Keston Hiura will serve as depth for the Detroit Tigers. However, there will still be ways for him to impact the team. Right now, the team's infield will be led by Javier Báez and Spencer Torkelson. However, Colt Keith, Zach McKinstry, and Matt Vierling will likely compete for the remaining second and third base spots.

On the flipside, there's a chance that Keith will lock down the second base after signing his six-year deal. Then Vierling could be the team's starting third baseman. Hiura can be an extra second baseman to mix in for the right side of the infield or even serve as depth at first base if needed.

If Hiura can come to Detroit and settle back in on his career, he could become a player to mix in as a depth add. He's not going to be on the active roster unless he breaks camp with the team, which would take a REALLY loud spring performance. But his infield depth helps on the right side of the field.

If nothing else, he'll come to Detroit and serve as another infielder the team can trot out there. It will be interesting to see how Hiura pans out, and this spring will serve as a good forecast for the season.