Detroit Tigers: 2 players who will be non-tendered in arbitration, 1 who will return

Who could be non-tendered by the Detroit Tigers this offseason?
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1 player who will be tendered a contract: Akil Baddoo

Now this may be a bit confusing, since Baddoo was a part of our "5 players who won't be back in 2024" piece we ran earlier this week, so we aren't expecting him to be back next season. However, we are expecting him to be included in a trade this offseason, and they can't trade him if he's not signed to a contract.

Baddoo is projected to earn $1.7M in arbitration, which again, is not much at all. But the Tigers have other left-handed hitting outfielders like Riley Greene, Kerry Carpenter, and Parker Meadows are all still not arbitration-eligible for a year or so. They'll be cheaper than Baddoo, and you know this team is going to want to save a penny any way they can.

However, Baddoo is likely to still have some value in a trade. He won't be a feature piece, but he'll make for a nice throw-in piece to finish a deal. He's still just 25 years old, has good speed, has some pop, and some good plate discipline to boot. He just needs some consistency, but the Tigers are likely out of patience in that regard.

So while we think Baddoo will be tendered a contract, we don't think he's coming back next season.

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