Detroit Tigers could bring in another corner infielder to platoon.
The Detroit Tigers are unlikely to make any major moves or sign any huge free agents. As things stand, Detroit will be passive once again and look to coast through 2024 on the road back to competing, allowing Scott Harris and his staff more time to start building the team as they see fit.
There is not a ton to be super stoked about right now with the Detroit Tigers, but some pieces could last a while in Detroit and play a role down the line: the big names, at least, the Spencer Torkelson's and Riley Greene's of the world. However, the Tigers will have to be creative and find value elsewhere.
That will come by taking chances. Whether that means banking on players within the organization or looking at outside options, the team must find some talent to keep stocking the lineup. Looking ahead to 2024, they may consider adding in another bat that plays corner infield or second/third base, respectively.
While this does not mean the team will pursue Matt Chapman to play third base for the Tigers, it may be worth checking in on some infield help for them moving forward. With the addition of Mark Canha to the Tigers' roster after the trade in early November, there may be a shift in how the 2024 roster looks for some of the returners.
While Matt Vierling has infield experience, he was primarily an outfielder and is likely shifting back to the infield more permanently. He's likely the team's starting third baseman going into 2024, and he was average at best. There is room to upgrade. Similarly, at second base, Zach McKinstry was a gold glove caliber utility man and held his own in 2023, but there's still room to upgrade.
McKinstry is valuable in his own right, and fellow utility man Andy Ibañez can also plug in around the field, but the team could certainly use some more depth. That might come by hammering down the hot corner and bringing in someone to work alongside Vierling.
While this does not mean that the player they bring in must be an all-star, the Tigers should aim to address this off-season so they can have a deeper team during the 2024 season. A move may not be imminent either, but Detroit has to do something if they want to find some help for their 2024 lineup and have a bit more depth off the bench.