Jeimer Candelario to play vital role in '22 but is he in Tigers' long-term picture?

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Lakeland, Fla. — Tigers general manager Al Avila has said often that he considers third baseman Jeimer Candelario one of the club’s foundation pieces.

“For sure, he’s a guy that we would count on here going into the future,” he said at the end of last season.

But you can’t fault Candelario for being at least a little skeptical about that. When the Tigers did not approach him about a multi-year extension this offseason, he signed a one-year deal for the second straight year, this one for $5.8 million, a $3 million raise from last year.