Scott Harris may have found the Detroit Tigers a third baseman.
For the Detroit Tigers and the fan base, there have been many questions and speculation about this team's direction. For the owner who said he wants to be upfront and honest with his fans, Scott Harris has been pretty quiet since Winter Meetings.
There has been a lack of roster moves from the Detroit Tigers front office. At least a lack of moves that involved player acquisition. The Tigers still have holes in the field and areas that will not get filled themselves.
There are not many options left on the free agent market. However, Scott Harris may look at one of his old friends to help fill this role. The San Francisco Giants recently designated Tommy La Stella for assignment.
Now, there's not a ton to be excited about with La Stella, but there is more than enough reason to think that could be a move that Harris makes to help fill the gap still left at third base. Being that Harris was with the Giants organization, there may be some attraction to get La Stella to Detroit.
La Stella is a nine-year veteran of the big leagues who has bounced around between five different organizations. He has spent the last two seasons with the Giants, where he has moved between the minors and MLB squad over time.
In 2022, La Stella had 60 games played with the Giants, slashing .239/.282/.350 with 14 doubles and two home runs. He was a designated hitter for most games, but he had spent time at first, second, and third base.
Expecting him to come to Detroit and mix in for time at third base has to be worth considering. If the Tigers are not going to sign anyone that brings a ton of value or makes a big move, La Stella might not be the worst.
Allowing La Stella to mix in with time alongside Ryan Kreidler might be a good plan. Well, any plan that includes signing someone is better than what they're doing now. La Stella is not a permanent solution or even a good one, but his connections to Harris make him a good addition.
A guy who slashed .239/.282/.350 with just 11 walks over 180 at-bats does not jump off the page at me much, but it would be better than what they have done to this point.