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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Keston Hiura brings competition to Detroit Tigers spring training.

The Detroit Tigers signed Keston Hiura to this deal, and while he's not on the active roster, he will take part in spring training with the team. Hiura's on his minor-league deal but will push to make the team's roster. However, Hiura has to prove himself at spring training.

For Hiura, he may flame out and serve as a Triple-A depth addition. He played in 80 Triple-A games last season, slashing .226/.316/.449 with eight doubles, a triple, and 14 home runs with 32 runs driven in. He had 23 walks and 11 strikeouts last summer.

So, at worst, he could serve as another infielder in the mix with the Triple-A Toledo. But, in Lakeland, he's going to bring competition. Having this competition is good. It brings out the best in some players, and having this in camp is good for the players fighting for positions.

After all, the Tigers brought Hiura on this minor-league deal and seem to think he can bring something to the organization. But this chance to prove himself in Lakeland could be huge for the team. If nothing else, the competition amongst infielders could be a nice bonus.

He could help shape the 2024 roster by being around and stirring up the competition among infielders fighting for jobs. After all, this team has a ton of versatility so that it could foster some development among players across multiple positions.

At the end of the day, Hiura's signing could be depth and nothing else, but it was worth the gamble at the very least.

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