What more can the Tigers do to upgrade their roster before Opening Day? Jim Bowden weighs in

Need something to look forward to?

Here’s a positive thought: If and when baseball’s lockout finally ends — whether it be in early February or later — we should be in for a wild few days. There will be a scramble to sign players and get rosters set for camp. There will be a lot of action in a relatively short span of time.

The Tigers have already proven they’re serious about making moves this offseason. And don’t be surprised if there are at least one or two more additions.

To get a sense of what this could look like, we checked in with The Athletic’s resident general manager, Jim Bowden, and got his take on the Tigers’ offseason and what’s ahead.

You gave the Tigers an ‘A’ for their offseason work so far. What do you think should be Detroit’s biggest priority once there’s a new collective bargaining agreement in place? What can the Tigers do to complete a productive offseason?

Bowden: I think even if the Tigers do nothing else the rest of the offseason, it’s still been a huge win for them. To improve the team up-the-middle as much as they have — by acquiring two-time Gold Glove Award catcher Tucker Barnhart in a trade with the Reds and signing electric shortstop Javier Báez and left-handed starter


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