The 2023 season is over, and since the Tigers did not make the playoffs, it's time to look toward the offseason. The Tigers have a lot to address this winter. The offense, while it was better, still has a long way to go if they want to be competitive in 2024.
The pitching could use some work as well. While they have some young arms like Tarik Skubal, Matt Manning, and the emerging Reese Olson, they still need to find some more innings, especially if Eduardo Rodriguez doesn't return.
This is a massive offseason for the Detroit Tigers. They need to make some moves and take advantage of a weak AL Central. It only took 87 wins for the Twins to win the division this year, and it probably could have taken even less.
It's time for Scott Harris and company to get serious. This team can compete next season, but it just needs some help.
Here are 4 team needs for the Detroit Tigers to address this offseason
1. Third base
This could really be all four needs. Third base was a huge need last offseason, and Harris completely neglected it. He thought a cast of characters that included Nick Maton, Zach McKinstry, Andy Ibanez, and Matt Vierling would get it done. Obviously, it did not.
That can't happen again. The Tigers NEED an everyday third baseman that can provide some thump in the lineup. They have Colt Keith and Justyn-Henry Malloy in house, but both of their future defensive homes are huge question marks.
In free agency, by far the best third base option on the market is Matt Chapman, Defensively, he's a wizard. He's one of the best in the game, right up there with Nolan Arenado. Offesively, he'd basically be Javier Baez with more walks.
I'll go more into detail in the future about why the Tigers should avoid signing Chapman, but for the price he's likely to command, he's not worth it.
The Tigers may have to get creative to fill third base, but they have to do whatever it takes. Tigers third baseman were fourth-worst in baseball this year with a -0.9 fWAR. That has to change. Third base is by far this team's biggest need.