Since the MLB winter meetings are over, this would normally be the time where we look back and give the Detroit Tigers a grade for what they got done. Well, they didn't do anything.
But neither did most of the league.
Most of the action didn't happen until, quite literally, the 11th hour of the winter meetings. Juan Soto was dealt to the Yankees late Wednesday night after about a week of rumors. Eduardo Rodriguez signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Jeimer Candelario signed with the Reds. There was very little action up to that point.
There were a few teams that were active with some minor moves —the Braves and Mets come to mind. But most teams kind of sat this year out.
The biggest reason for this is obvious — everyone is waiting for Shohei Ohtani to sign. There's a rumor going around that he may sign very soon — possibly by the time this article is published. If that does happen, expect a flurry of moves to follow.
But for now, we get to discuss what happened at the winter meetings — or rather what didn't happen. The Tigers made no additions to the major league roster. They opted not to use their selection in the Rule 5 Draft, which I commended. It's a good first step in their path to competitiveness.
They also announced that they extended A.J. Hinch, which is an outstanding move. It shows that Hinch is committed to winning in Detroit. So they did things here, they just didn't make any player personnel moves.
It's hard to be upset at Scott Harris and company for not doing anything, because again, most of the league didn't do anything. Everyone is waiting for the market to get moving.
But at the same time, Harris still needs to make moves once everything starts moving along. He's still got plenty of time, but he can't just do what we did last offseason, which is, well, nothing.
With all that being said, we can't properly grade the Tigers' winter meetings performance. If we did, it would likely be F's all around, and that's not fair to the front office. If you want something of a grade, we'll go 'I', for incomplete.
We've still got two months of offseason to go. Harris and company still have time to make some moves. But he has to actually, you know, make moves. We cannot have a repeat of last offseason. The AL Central is there for the taking. Be the team that tries to rise above the rest.