Much of the early Carl Crawford talk centers around the Red Sox and Angels.
But don’t rule out the Tigers making a strong run.
The Tigers, too, are deeply interested in Crawford as a free agent, according to major-league sources.
Crawford, in fact, might make a greater impact for the Tigers than he would for any other club.
Defensively, the Tigers would benefit greatly by pairing Crawford in left field with Austin Jackson in center. The two would cover an enormous amount of ground, providing an edge at spacious Comerica Park.
Offensively, Crawford’s speed also would be an immense asset. His 105 career triples are the most among active players, and he likely would produce extra-base hits at a higher rate at Comerica than he did at Tropicana Field.
Crawford, 29, is the most prized position player in this year’s free-agent market. The Tigers already have re-signed third baseman Brandon Inge and are expected to re-sign shortstop Jhonny Peralta.
Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn is another free agent that the Tigers have liked in the past -- they pursued him at the trade deadline and would view him as a DH.