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5 Possible Options at 2nd Base for Detroit Tigers

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5 Possible Options at 2nd Base for Detroit Tigers

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The Detroit Tigers are going to be packed with offseason decisions that are going to influence how the next few years play out. Perhaps none of those decisions are as important as 2nd base where the Tigers are now in a major crossroads of keeping what they have or going out and finding either a cheaper option so that they can go after high priced players in other areas or go big at 2nd base to shore up an infield that has long been known for defensive shortcomings. The one thing we do know is that in the next few months the Tigers are going to be extremely active in the 2nd base market.

As the Tigers look to lock up someone keep in mind that the Tigers have a few different options. They could lock up a player long term -- and certainly some of the 2nd baseman on the market are only going to accept deals that lock them in for essentially the rest of their careers -- or they could pick a veteran on the market and use them as a one or two year rental. It is easy to see the Tigers going in either direction as the Tigers would love to lock up a player long term so that they do not have this same problem in a season or two, but if it is more feasible and easier on the budget perhaps with the caliber of older 2nd basemen available Dave Dombrowski heads in that direction.

So check out the 5 best options for the Detroit Tigers currently on the market for 2nd base. What winter surprise could be in store for the Tigers? Most likely it is going to involve one of these names.

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5. Brian Roberts

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Brian Roberts is an interesting name because he has had tremendous years in the past but health issues and age have really gotten to him. Still he is a gamble that could hit the jackpot if the Tigers want the risk.

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4. Mark Ellis

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Mark Ellis is the classic glue man who would serve as a Placido Polanco type player for the Tigers. The Tigers always have a need for players like Mark Ellis so don't be surprised if they put in a call.

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3. Kelly Johnson

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A left handed hitter with some pop, Johnson is a guy the Tigers have already attempted to sign or trade for in years past so don't be surprised if he is at the top of the list of potential 2nd baseman.

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2. Robinson Cano

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This is only if Mr. Ilitch decided he doesn't like money and wants to give every person in Detroit a complete aneurysm. He has done it before.

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1. Omar Infante

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Of course who better to fill the 2nd base hole than the guy who has done it the past two seasons? He is going to be pricey, but if the Tigers don't like the other options there could be comfort in re-signing Omar Infante much like they did with Anibal Sanchez last offseason.