With the brand new addition of left fielder Mark Canha, the Tigers' outfield already looks a little better going into 2024. There's been a lot of shuffling in the outfield and more okay/bad performances than good ones there. Matt Vierling: good. Riley Greene: good but cut short by injury. Zach McKinstry: not so good. Akil Baddoo: bad. Parker Meadows: okay, but maybe too soon to tell. Basically, the Tigers outfield needs more help, and considering the free agent outfielders pool, who could be better than Cody Bellinger?
What Bellinger managed do with the Chicago Cubs in 2023 was one of the league's biggest storylines from the jump. After a serious decline over the past few years that led to him getting dumped by the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2023 was his best year since his NL MVP year in 2019 and he managed to put up comparable numbers at that, with a .307/.356/.525 final line. The Athletic predicts that he could make $144 million over six years, or $24 million a year, which could be the richest contract of his career and the one that sees it to the end.
Bellinger's presence in center field as a leader there and a solid bat near the top of the lineup would elevate the Tigers significantly all on its own. What's more, he would bring a sort of chill swagger to a team that wouldn't hurt with a bit more of a personality.