Dream Detroit Tigers starting lineup for the 2024 season

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17)
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Batting fifth: 3B Matt Chapman

Of the players in the 2023 free agent class, Matt Chapman might be one of those more likely to come to Detroit if given the right deal, and he's most certainly someone the Tigers should pursue in earnest. The Tigers third base role changed hands multiple times throughout the 2023 season, so it's in dire need of a steady, proven presence there.

Chapman, an AL Player of the Month last year and a doubles machine, would not only be a good defensive addition but a great added bat. His production waned a bit after his stellar April, when he hit five home runs with 20 RBI and batted .372, but he still finished off the year with a respectable .240/.330/.424, his best numbers since 2019.

Most of all, though, the Tigers need a good defensive third baseman, and Chapman is a Gold Glover who just won for the fourth time who led the AL in defensive runs saved, with 12 on the year. He's a no-brainer for the dream lineup, and really should be one in real life too.