Detroit Tigers: 4 way too early offseason needs for 2024
3. Bullpen arms
While the Tigers bullpen has improved drastically from the beginning of the season, Scott Harris cannot use band-aid solutions once again. He needs to get proven, major league arms for this bullpen.
Right now, the Tigers have two arms that A.J. Hinch can 100% trust in Jason Foley and Alex Lange. After that, it gets a bit shaky. Jose Cisnero has quieted down a bit after an abysmal start to the season, but I'm still skeptical. Tyler Holton as a lefty has been solid, but can you really trust him in leverage?
There are quite a few high-profile bullpen arms on the free agent market this offseason, but I don't see Scott Harris spending around $15 million a year on a reliever. To be quite honest, that's not a very smart use of financial resources anyway. So no Josh Hader, probably.
But there are other arms like Ryne Stanek, Emilio Pagan, and former Tigers Michael Fulmer and Joe Jimenez that would be much more in the Tigers' price range. They don't have to break the bank for a reliever or two. We just want to see more than a bunch of minor league signings.