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It's no secret that one of the weaknesses that the Tigers must address during the free agency period is their outfield.
During the 2012 regular season (as well as the postseason), the Tigers' outfield was manned by a committee of different players.That committee included Brennan Boesch, Delmon Young, Andy Dirks, Austin Jackson, Quintin Berry, and Avisail Garcia, as well as a few contributions from various bench players.
Outside of Austin Jackson, however, the Tigers are lacking true answers for their corner outfield positions.
While many—including myself—believe that Andy Dirks will be in the starting lineup for the left field position in 2013, the other remaining members are truly a mystery.
First of all, the Tigers obviously see something in Brennan Boesch, as they will be bringing him back for next season, as reported by the Detroit News. What they see in him, though, is a mystery to most Tigers fans.
Boesch's overall WAR statistic, which is wins above replacement, was a horrid minus-1.4 during 2012. This means that the average Triple A player would have given Detroit at least 1.4 more wins than Boesch did. He hit .240 in 470 at-bats, with a career high 104 strikeouts.
Another player that Tigers fans are hoping will be back in the old English D next season is Avisail Garcia.
In 47 at-bats, Garcia hit an impressive .319 and showed off his strong arm while playing right field. His chances of appearing in Detroit for opening day remain slim, however, as he still has some work to do to become an everyday player.
There is a better chance of seeing him in a Mud Hens jersey next April.
All in all, the Tigers will likely find a new right fielder in free agency, which will relegate Brennan Boesch to the bench. Either way, Detroit needs to shore up these positions and find some offensive and defensive consistency if they wish to make it back to the World Series.