The Detroit Tigers have signed two players to big-league contracts this winter — starting pitcher Jose Urena and outfielder Robbie Grossman — but have yet to sign a first baseman, second baseman or, most notably, a catcher.
With three weeks left until the start of spring training, time is running short.
With a flurry of moves expected on both the high end and low end of the market expected in the days leading up to camp, will the Tigers be ready to pounce?
Manager A.J. Hinch, in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, made clear that he would like to have another catcher. But he also said the Tigers were prepared to move forward with what they had if necessary.
“Ideally we would add to our mix and put some pressure on guys to make our team,” he said. “In a perfect world, there’s still a guy out there that can help us, but whether the market produces that, whether that’s how we choose to spend our dollars, is obviously up to (general manager Al Avila).”