Detroit Tigers: 4 players to target in free agency this winter

Taking an early look at the free agent market for the Detroit Tigers.
Sep 3, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jack Flaherty (15) pitches
Sep 3, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jack Flaherty (15) pitches / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Detroit Tigers should consider investing in Jack Flaherty.

If the Detroit Tigers lose out on Eduardo Rodriguez this off-season, they may want to add another arm with big-league experience who can help bolster the rotation. While E-Rod is a southpaw, they may have to bring in another right-hander to help batten down the hatches.

A lefty may be the probable option; it's early, and we're making simple speculations for the Detroit Tigers off-season. That said, the team should consider bringing in Jack Flaherty to see if he can "find it" as part of the Tigers rotation.

Flaherty was one of the premier up-and-coming arms in the league a few years back while with the St. Louis Cardinals organization. But things did not work out. By way of injuries and some struggles on the mound, Flaherty has not quite been the same. Why not take a flier on him?

The Cardinals moved Flaherty this summer, hoping to recoup some value. They traded him to Baltimore to help bolster the Orioles' rotation down the stretch. Flaherty made 27 starts with two relief appearances in 2023.

Flaherty accumulated 144.1 innings pitched, managing a 4.99 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. He walked 66 while striking out 148 opposing hitters between his time with the two ballclubs this summer.

At one point, Flaherty was someone who could contend for a Cy Young award. While the 28-year-old has yet to get back to that level of performance, he's still better than some of the arms the Tigers have run out there. It's worth at least exploring the idea of bringing in Flaherty.