This offseason outfielder Mookie Betts hits the open market, but the Detroit Tigers will not be buyers for the foreseeable future of this organization.
This offseason, outfielder Mookie Betts will become a free agent, possibly after not playing a single regular-season game for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Still, the Tigers are not even going to consider signing him.
The Tigers will not be in the running for a big-name free agent for at least a few years. Possibly in the offseason where Francisco Lindor becomes a free agent if that point does not extend him.
The Tigers rebuild will begin to see the end of the road when the team starts to shell out the money and start signing big-name players to be competitive. Think about it like this; The Toronto Blue Jays are starting to come into this era of competition.
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The Blue Jays have an infield full of young prospects that are going to be phenomenal for the long-run, but their pitching lacks.
They went out and signed Hyun-Jin Ryu, who would constitute a big name signing for them, and in the next few years, they could look to add another big contract or two to the payroll.
If they do sign a big-name free agent, it might be the signal that they are coming out of the rebuild slowly but surely, but that will not happen until 2022 at the earliest. The Tigers are far from out of the woods on the rebuild, but hopefully, the end of the road will come into view sooner rather than later.
The 2020 draft prospects are going to need time to get through the system as well as some other prospects still in the lower levels of the organization. The pitching prospects still need to try and get to the big leagues for the first time.
The Tigers organization is nowhere near in the ballpark to sign a big-name/big-money free agent for the next two years. Avila has his work cut out for him as GM, but with any hope, the end of the road will come into view, but for now, it is still far from over.