With a familiar face and a couple of decent options where the KC Royals already seem set, the Tigers don’t have much to offer in free agency.
Welcome back to Kings of Kauffman’s continuing series analyzing the major league free agent market and projecting who might, or might not, fit the KC Royals’ needs. Today we look at the Tigers’ free agents.
When thinking of which team for the KC Royals to look towards for free agents during this offseason, the Detroit Tigers might not be at the top of everyone’s list. They don’t have a large number of free agents to offer, and those that they do have aren’t necessarily jumping to the front of the list.
While there are a couple of free agents that might garner some attention, it’s unlikely the Royals would make a move for them as they fall into positions that already seem to be set in Kansas City. Still, it’s good to see what is available to see if there might be any good reclamation or bounce-back candidates.
A familiar face from Detroit
The Tigers do have one free agent that Royals fans will be familiar with, Jorge Bonifacio. Bonifacio spent the majority of his career in Kansas City until he was released after the 2019 season. He provided some decent at-bats for the Royals at times and showed production in the minors, but was never able to be what was needed in Kansas City.
It wasn’t a surprise to see him sign somewhere else, but he struggled to get things going in Detroit during the 2020 season as well. He slashed .221/.277/.326 over 94 plate appearances. While the Royals will be looking to fill their outfield, this is one reunion that shouldn’t happen.