Top 50 free agents: Who has Tigers' attention?

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Major League Baseball teams will start busting down the doors to the free-agent mall Saturday morning.

It’s an intriguing class of available players, with several big-ticket items but plenty of bargains to be had, as well.

Let’s start with starting pitching, because it is said that wins championships. This year’s free-agent class is full of solid rotation help, with 18 starters in The News’ top 50, and several more on the cusp.

That’s good news for a lot of teams, but particularly ones watching their purse strings closely. That includes the Tigers, who are seeking to add at least two starting pitchers but probably don’t have the means to go really big given the money they have committed to future payrolls.

The pickings are slimmer for relievers, and that’s bad news for the Tigers, which is why they’re already talking to Joakim Soria about a reunion.

Expect the Red Sox to be the most active of the spenders, given their new general manager, former Tigers executive Dave Dombrowski, has that reputation and the money and trade chips.

The Dodgers and Cubs will be busy, too — and figure to have an epic bidding war for the services of left-handed starter David Price.

Then there’s the Royals, fresh off their first world championship in 30 years and facing their own big decisions — Alex Gordon, Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist.

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