It has been quite the busy offseason for the Detroit Tigers. Losing a manager to retirement, losing a starting shortstop as well as the backup and trading a guy who was just given a $200 million contract just two years before. Hiring a new manager means there will be somewhat of a new culture in Detroit, but the winning is expected to continue. If that’s the case, are the Tigers still pursuing Nelson Cruz?
The Tigers’ general manager, Dave Dombrowski, already said that he thinks that his team was set for next year and that no extra help was needed in the lineup — but he has said things like that in the past and continued to surprise baseball with a big move.
Sure, the Tigers have already made a few big moves this offseason, but how big would a bat like Cruz’s be for this lineup that just rid itself of a major power hitter in Prince Fielder? The answer is easy: it would be huge.
Add Cruz to a lineup with Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera and you have a dynamite order that would bring more fear to opposing pitchers than it already does.
Cruz is a guy that can hit 30-plus home runs and drive in 75-plus runs. With a lineup like Detroit’s, a big bat addition to the outfield would be a giant upgrade.
Whether the Tigers still pursue the slugger despite his suspension last year because of the Biogenesis scandal has yet to be seen, but it would do nothing but help the Tigers if they signed him to a one-year deal.
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