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Detroit Tigers: 4 recently non-tendered free agents to consider

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1B/OF Dominic Smith

Smith is a former first-round pick of the New York Mets back in 2013. He was one of their top prospects before debuting in 2017. He, like Rios, really broke out during the shortened 2020 season, putting up a whopping 166 wRC+ in 199 plate appearances. He finished 13th in NL MVP voting that year.

Sadly, he's struggled the last two years with injuries and underperformance, which is why the Mets ultimately decided to move on from him. But with the Tigers potentially looking for a contingency plan at first base in the event Spencer Torkelson continues to struggle, Smith could be a good fit.

He bats left-handed, meaning he could potentially platoon with Torkelson, although he actually hits for a higher average against lefties, though most of his power comes against righties.

If the Tigers are willing to deal with Smith's poor defense, he'd make a good option. He's pretty bad in the field, both at first base and in the outfield. He's been a DH most of his career because of it.

But he is also in need of a change of scenery. Maybe the Tigers' new hitting staff could work on some stuff with him and get him back to that 2020 form.

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