The holiday season is here and in full gear, and for Tigers fans, the biggest gift so far has been the hiring of former Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Tom Price as manager for the Toledo Mud Hens — one that might feel like a lump of coal to some. Meanwhile, although there are no former Tigers worth voting for on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot, there are still hopes that Santa (a.k.a. the Modern Era Committee) delivers a Sweet Lou Whitaker induction, and Miguel Cabrera appears to have been trimming more than just the tree. Speaking of Cabrera, there is a void at his old position in the field that needs to be filled.
Is Candelario the answer at first base?
Jeimer Candelario was acquired in the Justin Wilson/Alex Avila trade with the Chicago Cubs along with Isaac Paredes in what may have been the best trade in general manager Al Avila’s tenure. The Candyman started off hot in Detroit, batting .330 with an OPS of .874 over 106 plate appearances at the end of 2017 while playing third base. Since then, he has left a lot to be desired.
After two lackluster campaigns the past couple of years, which included a lengthy stay in Toledo in 2019, there are many questions surrounding…