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

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C Jorge Alfaro

The Detroit Tigers are looking for a catcher. They have many options, both in free agency and via trade, but if they want to go a cheaper route, Alfaro could be a decent one-year stop gap.

Alfaro was non-tendered by the Padres after slashing .246/.285/.383 with a 90 wRC+. He strikes out a lot and doesn't walk. But the Tigers wouldn't be signing him for his offense. He's more of a defensive catcher, though he had a pretty high barrel rate last year.

He's very good at throwing out runners, with a caught-stealing percentage of about 38% for his career. What makes him so good at this is his pop time, which is consistently near the top of the league. He would definitely help the Tigers stop would-be base stealers.

There are better options than Alfaro out there. There are also worse options. But if the Tigers just wanted to go cheap at the position instead of going after someone like Willson Contreras, he could be someone they consider.

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