The Winter Meetings have come to an end. It was one of the most boring meetings in recent memory. Nothing happened until the very last minute. It's hard to be upset with the Detroit Tigers and Scott Harris for not doing anything because most teams didn't do anything.
The good news is there's still plenty of time left this offseason to get things done. The bad news is, there's still a lot of work to be done.
Today, we're going to list out three moves that still need to be done now that the winter meetings are over. These won't be specific player acquisitions, rather it will be positions that need to be addressed, and players that would be good fits.
We've got a lot of ground to cover, so it's time to get started.
1. An impact bat
This has been priority No. 1 for the entire offseason, and it should remain that way until an impact bat is acquired. The Tigers' offense was better in 2023 than it was in 2022, but needless to say, that's a pretty low bar to clear.
What made the 2023 offense so bad was they could not hit with runners in scoring position. Even if they were average, or even slightly below average, they wouldn't have been nearly as bad.
What's a good way to deal with that? Simply by acquiring better hitters. Mark Canha is a decent start, but they're going to need more than that. The less Matt Vierling comes up to the plate in clutch situations, the better.
Since the free agent market is pretty barren in the hitting department, Harris will have to swing a trade here. I know trading with the Rays is something we don't like to talk about around these parts, but they have some infielders that could be on the move.
Yandy Diaz is a veteran that's coming off a a 164 wRC+ and 4.7 fWAR season. He's signed through 2025 with a club option for 2026. He's 32, but he's been kind of a late bloomer. He might cost a lot, but the bat would be worth it.
Most recently, an old friend has come up in trade talks: Isaac Paredes. Remember him? Yeah, we're not going to talk about the trade that sent him to Tampa. But for whatever reason, the Rays appear to be shopping their 24-year-old third baseman who hit 31 home runs and generated 4.3 fWAR a season ago.
This would not be an easy trade to pull off, but it's something Harris needs to consider. This would be one of those calculated risks he went on about in his opening press conference.
If the Tigers are serious about contending next year, they'll add an impact bat sometime in the next two months.