Detroit Tigers: 4 way too early offseason needs for 2024
The Detroit Tigers needs for this upcoming offseason are already forming
The Detroit Tigers just past the 40-game mark of the regular season, meaning they are a quarter of the way through the season. The teams strengths and weaknesses are already beginning to show. Today, we're going to focus on the weaknesses.
The offseason is still a long ways away, but it's never too early to talk about the offseason. Here's our top four way too early offseason needs for the Detroit Tigers in 2024.
1. Second base
The Tigers will be headed into the 2023-24 offseason without a true second baseman on the roster. Sure they have Zach McKinstry and Nick Maton, but both of those players seem to be platoon players at the moment, though McKinstry might play his way into an everyday role.
Jonathan Schoop will be off this team, one way or another, by this offseason. It may even happen by the end of the month. So the Detroit Tigers are going to need a second baseman.
Unfortunately the free agent options there are not great, similar to the free agent class of third baseman this past offseason. You'd likely be looking at either Kolten Wong or Adam Frazier if they chose to go the free agent route. Not exactly inspiring.
If you look at players who primarily play shortstop, one intriguing option is Enrique "Kike" Hernandez of the Boston Red Sox. He can also play the outfield too, and we all know the Tigers love positional versatility. Sadly, he hasn't hit very well each of the last two years, so that may not be a viable option.
So more than likely, Scott Harris will either have to swing a trade or fill the position internally. Wenceel Perez, Ryan Kreidler, and Andre Lipcius could be candidates there.