GM Dave Dombrowski has been quiet this offseason and hasn’t made any moves to fill the obvious holes in the team, third base and starting pitching. But the move he needs to make is signing Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes.
Cespedes, or the Cuban Centipede as he has been called on the radio waves, is a five-tool outfielder who would be a great addition to the Tigers lineup. His biggest value to the team could be the fact that he would make all of the outfielders expendable in a trade for starting pitching.
Dombrowski has been hesitant to make a trade with a ton of prospects, but adding a young major league ready outfielder would be a great chip to sweeten the pot for a Matt Garza type.
Cespedes hasn’t played live-ball in over 10 months and struck out three times in his first game in the Dominican Winter League. Five other teams are reported to be in the mix for the Cuban Centipede, the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Indians and Orioles along with the Tigers.
This team isn’t good enough to make a run in the playoffs anymore with the top teams getting stronger around them. Dombrowski has to know that he can’t just have the best hitter and pitcher in the game and call it quits on making deals. Adding Cespedes and a quality starting pitcher via trade would make this team a contender and one of the best teams in the AL.