The Detroit Tigers have an issue with depth on their current roster and adding to them with experience will help. With Akil Badoo and Kerry Carpenter the only left fielders, could the Tigers be interested in free agent Raimel Tapia?
Tapia is not a big power guy, but he hits for average and can steal bases. The Tigers could be interested in the all-around talent to help them on the bases and add speed to the outfield.
In 2022, his first with the Toronto Blue Jays, he batted .265 with eight stolen bases, seven home runs, 52 runs batted in, three triples, 20 doubles, and 109 hits in 128 games. With all of the outfield positions being relatively weak, Tapia could be an upgrade to improve every aspect of the offense. Will he win MVP? No, but he is a speedster who can get to balls in the outfield and stretch a single to double and a double to a triple.
In his seven-year baseball career, Tapia has maintined a .277 batting average, four home runs, 27 runs batted in, seven stolen bases, with only 50 strikeouts. Tapia can hit anywhere in the lineup and be effective wherever he plays. With his 2022 season, Tapia would have ranked above the outfielders totals for the Tigers last season.
Tapia has been showcased as being a very reliable, defensive outfielder that makes few mistakes and can play any outfield position. He would also bring a left- handed bat that the Detroit Tigers have been lacking for a bit now.
Tapia would not cost the Tigers and general manager Scott Harris a lot of money. There may be some discussion as if to would Harris want to spend any more money at all. Tapia would be a nice low-risk, low-cost option for the Detroit Tigers that could be a one-year deal, and if it does not work out, it does not work out. The Tigers need to find solutions to their offensive woes along with their depth or this will be a long season. Management need to take a risk to better this team or this rebuild is never going to end.