Many feel that the Tigers could pounce on Cespedes if the cost comes down. If he ends up signing with a team like the Orioles, would the Tigers look elsewhere? The team has already had a solid offseason, adding Jordan Zimmermann and filling out their bullpen with much better options than in recent years. Mike Ilitch seems hell-bent on winning a World Series title, and although the Tigers may send signals that they are done signing free agents, it’s hard to ever truly believe that.
Left field is still a big question mark for the Tigers, with Anthony Gose presently slotted in to start. Gose is a career .243 hitter with very little power. If the Tigers can convince Davis to play the outfield for a few years before switching back to first base when the inevitable move to DH comes for Miguel Cabrera, their potent lineup could become one of the best in the league. The Tigers can be players on Chris Davis if his market totally dries up and his value sinks closer to five years and $100 million. That may not happen, but expect the Tigers to be involved if they cannot land Cespedes.