The Detroit Tigers are off to a decent start this offseason with the trade for OF Mark Canha, and now Sunday night's signing of starting pitcher Kenta Maeda. While both of these moves are fine, they don't really move the needle for this team.
Canha and Maeda are both fine players that are slight upgrades to what they had last season, but they don't raise this team's ceiling. They can't be the headliners to this offseason. Scott Harris needs to do more.
And next week, he'll have a huge opportunity to do so.
The MLB Winter Meetings will take place from Dec. 4-7 in Nashville. Every year, this is where most of the big moves of the MLB offseason go down. Aaron Judge, Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, and others all signed massive contracts during last year's meetings.
This is where Harris needs to strike. Last year, all he did was trade Joe Jimenez for Justyn-Henry Malloy. The groundwork was also laid for the Gregory Soto trade. While the Jimenez deal is looking like a pretty good trade, he didn't make any additions to the team at last year's Winter Meetings. That needs to change in 2023.
If Canha and Maeda are part of a larger overall plan, with several more moves on the way, then this could be a great offseason for the Tigers. We really need to see Harris' plan here. This roster still has holes.
Will the offseason continue after the Winter Meetings? Of course. There's still roughly two months to go after the meetings. But this is where Harris has a chance to get things done. He can set things in motion and get his plan into place.
Harris is off to an okay start with Canha and Maeda. But it's time to make things happen. He can't stand on his laurels any longer. Go out and make some moves. It could be the difference between a division title and another mediocre season.