The Tigers have their manager. Now they need to assemble a roster.

MLB’s free-agency period began this week, and though uncertainty still shrouds a market that might not develop until deep into the winter, clubs around the league can now begin planning the next steps. There’s still more to come, and players who could be non-tendered before the Dec. 2 deadline might shake up the market for teams like the Tigers.

But any way you cut it, the Tigers enter this offseason with a few clear needs. They need a catcher. They probably need a first baseman. They definitely need a second baseman. If they want to win more games, they need a productive corner outfielder, too. And given the mess that will be starting pitching in 2021, they likely need increased pitching depth on top of everything else. A reminder: The Tigers have money to spend with Jordan Zimmermann’s $25 million salary and more off the books, but especially given the state of financial uncertainty…





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