The Detroit Tigers should try and sign free agent infielder Michael Young. The veteran would provide depth at the corner infield positions which is something the Tigers could use.
After trading Prince Fielder this offseason, the Tigers moved Miguel Cabrera to first base and will go with top prospect Nick Castellanos at third. The Tigers could use a backup plan behind those two. Cabrera is coming off an injury plagued season and Castellanos is unproven. The Tigers will get Cabrera on the field as much as possible, but if he is still bothered by the injuries he might be forced to miss some time. Castellanos is considered one of the top prospects, but he hasn’t played much in the majors. If he doesn’t produce early then the Tigers could be forced to look elsewhere.
The Tigers have a pair of utility players, Steve Lombardozzi and Don Kelly, on the roster right now, but they are much better suited in a reserve role. Adding Young would provide the Tigers with a player with a lot of experience and someone who has produced over his major league career. Over his 14-year career in the majors, Young has made seven All-Star games and won a Gold Glove.
At this point, Young is more proven at the plate and in the field than Castellanos, so signing Young could help ease Castellanos into the big leagues. Castellanos is the obvious future, but a little extra grooming couldn’t hurt.
What Young would also add to the Tigers is leadership. He would bring a respected veteran presence to a Tigers locker room that lost a bit with Jim Leyland retiring after last season. The move could really help the transition for the younger Brad Ausmus as manager.
Reports are saying that Young is considering retirement, but an offer from the Tigers with a chance to win right away could be enough to convince him to keep playing.