Detroit Tigers: 4 players team should have traded for this offseason

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INF Ha-Seong Kim

Yet another player I've wanted the Tigers to trade for for a while now, Kim is the first entry to not get traded this offseason. He was mentioned as a possible trade candidate a few times this offseason as the Padres planned to cut payroll

Kim was a 4.4 fWAR player last season. That's really, really good. He doesn't hit for a ton of power, though he did hit a career-high 17 homers a year ago. What he does do well is get on base and make a ton of contact — the perfect type of hitter for a Scott Harris-bulit baseball team.

His defense is outstanding. He won a Gold Glove last season as a utilityman. He played second, third, and shortstop. The Tigers love positional versatility, and Kim clearly has a lot of it.

Kim is making $7 million this year and is a free agent after the season, though he does have a mutual option for 2025. As a rental, he wouldn't have cost that much to acquire. He just seems like a perfect fit for what the Tigers want.

Who knows? Maybe the Tigers inquired about Kim and the Padres wanted a king's ransom in return. It's possible, but it doesn't seem likely. A.J. Preller is crazy, but he's not Al Avila.

This one truly puzzles me. Kim is a good player who would have been a perfect fit for the team, and could have potentially solved the third base problem.