Five big-name free agents who make sense for the Detroit Tigers

The Tigers are spending big this season in hopes of giving Hinch a rival roster. Photo from The Athletic.

The Tigers’ list of off-season 2021-22 goals is as long as their needs. They have a lot of money to spend and manager AJ Hinch has made it clear that they have no intention of sitting back and waiting to figure things out.

Signing with Eduardo Rodriguez proved that they would not hesitate to spend big money to improve their team. They have a solid little cutout and just need a couple of veterans to get over the hump and get back into a world championship contender which they weren’t so long ago.

Tigers outside the target season 2021-22

This year’s Free Agency category features plenty of top talent but not many teams have the financial flexibility of the Tigers. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top five players they should be looking to sign right away.

5. Brad Hand

Against all odds, the constantly struggling Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen actually did pretty well at the end of the season. But that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t address one of their biggest historical concerns by adding a first-class condo like Brad Hand.

For his career, he posted a Hand ERA of 3.66 and a WHIP of 1.231. He was handed out to the Toronto Blue Jays midseason and is expected to bring the final lucrative deal in his career. Many teams won’t want to overpay for a 31-year-old thinner, so the Tigers can pounce on the spot.

4. Marcus seeds

Marcus Simin is perhaps the most underrated player in baseball. He shoots off in .276/.340/.532 chops with 115 points scored, 102 hits, 15 steals base and a whopping 45 home runs. Tigers need help on the field and can play multiple positions.

The Tigers aren’t likely to turn their attention to Semien right away as they’ll try to run into Carlos Correa first. But if they don’t make a deal, they may also get a cheaper player who could be an offensive factor.

3. Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander enjoyed the best years of his amazing career in the Detroit Tigers uniform. He said he wanted to throw until his late 40s and looked pretty sharp in recent bullfighting sessions, according to scouts. So, why not bring it home?

Tigers already have promising rotations with Casey Miz, Matt Manning, and Spencer Turnbull; So adding one of the best shooters of his generation to guide them would be a huge boost. However, Verlander will be required, so they will have to pay.

2. Cory Seeger

Among the off-season needs of tigers, nothing stands out so much as a short one. Fortunately for them, this year’s Free Agency category will feature the likes of Carlos Correa, Trevor Storey and former World Championship player Cory Seeger, who is expected to turn a big profit next season.

Seager and Dodgers can still work on a deal but were unable to agree on an extension last season, so that seems unlikely at this point. He is one of the best offensive stopping points in the league and is also an extra defender but they will face a lot of competition for his services.

1. Carlos Correa

The Detroit Tigers reportedly made Carlos Correa their No. 1 off-season priority. As we already mentioned, they desperately need a leader and offensive leader. Also, their internal defense was below par last year, so Correa checked all the boxes.

An MLB Insider mentioned to me that Carlos Correa for the #Tigers is “a done deal”. https://t.co/H2yaGcDMG4

Correa built a strong relationship with former Astros manager AJ Hinch, which is why most insiders anticipate that he’ll be looking forward to getting back together with him, this time in Michigan. It’s the best free agency short site available, so they’ll have to spend a lot of money, though.

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