The Detroit Tigers have their eyes on a 2-time Gold Glove-winning second baseman.
According to Jon Morosi, the Tigers are among a handful of teams showing interest in Kolten Wong:
Source: Kolten Wong’s market is heating up, amid all of today’s infield movement. The Cardinals, Tigers, Mariners, Rays, Cubs, and Phillies are among the teams to check in on the 30-year-old free agent who has back-to-back NL Gold Gloves at 2B. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 27, 2021
Currently a free-agent, Wong has played in the Majors for the St. Louis Cardinals and has a career batting average of .261 while slugging 53 home runs with 288 RBI. He’s also got wheels, having stolen 88 bases. Additionally, he’s the first 2B to win the Fielding Bible award in three straight years.
He’s coming off a five year, $25.5 million deal with St. Louis.
Tigers manager A.J. Hinch wouldn’t mind seeing Tigers sign another catcher
It won’t be long before the Detroit Tigers gather for the 2021 edition of Spring Training in Lakeland, Fl.
And while new manager A.J. Hinch is prepared for the team to move forward as is, “in a perfect world” they’d be able to add another player – specifically, a catcher.
The team already has Grayson Greiner and Jake Rogers as well as veteran backups Eric Haase and Dustin Garneau. However, any additional moves would be up to GM Al Avila.
“Ideally we would add to our mix and put some pressure on guys to make our team,” he said. “In a perfect world, there’s still a guy out there that can help us, but whether the market produces that, whether that’s how we choose to spend our dollars, is obviously up to (general manager Al Avila).”
For Hinch, there wouldn’t be anything wrong with some “versatility” in order to give a push to the players already on the roster.
“You’ve seen us go out and sign a couple players. We’ve had more dialogue than gets reported, and good job by the Tigers keeping that mum. We can only do so much. You’ve got to have a partner on the other side that wants to sign and be here for the opportunities that we have,” Hinch said.
“I’m not afraid of the young players, I’m not afraid of their growth. We saw some young players step forward last year. We’re going to see somebody else surprise us this year. I do think there are going to be deals at the end of this free agency or into spring training that can potentially make us better. Al and the group are working tirelessly to try to figure it out. Whether we add one or two, three, four — I don’t know how many players that we have the ability to add, but it will be for a specific reason to make our team better, to give us a little bit more versatility around our team and ultimately to push some of those young guys.”
As it happens, one available free agent catcher is former Tiger Alex Avila, the son of Al.
– – Quotes via Evan Woodbery of MLive Link – –