Chicago White Sox: Detroit Tigers in more major rumors
The Detroit Tigers are coming. The AL Central should be dominated by the Chicago White Sox in 2022 and potentially beyond but the Tigers are going to be so tough. The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Guardians are falling off so that leaves the division wide-open for these two (the Kansas City Royals are still a bit away).
After making some big moves so far this offseason, they have been in rumors for one of the big free-agent shortstops. Of course, Carlos Correa is the biggest rumor out there because of the fact that he was spotted having lunch with Tigers manager, AJ Hinch. Hinch was also Correa’s manager with the Houston Astros where they had so much success.
Now, however, it sounds like they are looking elsewhere. The newest report out there is that Javier Baez is on the Tigers’ radar. That would be an interesting move by the Tigers as they are clearly into getting a good shortstop. However, Baez is a downgrade from Correa. It might be a cheaper option but not a better option.
That is good news for the White Sox but it isn’t official and Baez is still pretty good. With some of the young players that the Tigers have coming up, this is a team that could be good in short order. It will be very interesting to see how they compete with the White Sox.
The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers are both coming for the division title.
Baez has a familiarity with the midwest. Before his post-trade deadline stint with the New York Mets, he spent his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. Coming back to this part of the country might make sense for him. They will pay him a fair contract, they have a spot for him, and they should be pretty good.
Those are the three things that free agents look for. It might take another year or two for them to be as good as the White Sox but you never know. Baez is either unreal or very underwhelming. He needs to find that consistency with the bat that he once had.
Regardless, the hope now needs to be that these rumors force the White Sox to become more active. There are plenty of great moves to make that can really help improve their chances of winning the World Series. The division may not be as weak as it was in 2021 so they need to get going. In the meantime, Tigers vs White Sox is getting steamy.