The annual MLB Winter Meetings will take place next week in Nashville. It is sure to be an exciting four days across the league. Hopefully, it will be exciting for the Detroit Tigers as well.
Last season, the Tigers were not very active at the Winter Meetings. Pretty much all Scott Harris did was trade Joe Jimenez for Justyn-Henry Malloy. That needs to change this time around.
There's a lot of things Harris needs to get done at this year's Winter Meetings. The Tigers' roster is still full of holes. If they plan on competing in 2024, there is still a lot of work to be done.
In an effort to help Harris out a bit, we've put together a checklist of things to do at the Winter Meetings. This won't necessarily be a list of players to acquire, rather a list of needs to fill — and there's plenty of them.
This won't necessarily be a ranking either — just a list of things to accomplish at the Winter Meetings. So with all that out of the way, let's get started.
1. An impact bat
This is probably the No. 1 thing left to do this offseason. Scott Harris needs to acquire a power bat for this lineup, preferably a third baseman.
It's probably not going to happen in free agency. Your best options there are either a Jeimer Candelario reunion or 39-year-old Justin Turner. So Harris is likely going to have to swing a trade here.
I've personally been a big Ha-Seong Kim fan. While he's more of a glove-first guy, he's still coming off a 4 and a half WAR season for the Padres. With that team looking to shed some payroll, he could be someone worth going after.
That's just one name though. There are also rumors that the Astros might trade Alex Bregman. That doesn't seem like a likely target for the Tigers, especially given he's only got one year left before free agency, but we've seen crazier things happen.
This is where we need to see some creativity and risk-taking out of Scott Harris. The time to play things safe has come to an end. It's time to make things happen.