After Miguel Cabrera, Torii Hunter is the only Detroit Tigers player currently on the roster who hit more than 15 home runs last season. It's that power dropoff — with Prince Fielder in Texas now — that could make free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz a fit for Detroit, writes one ESPN.com analyst. Former GM Jim Bowden listed a "missing link" for each team, and for the Tigers it was a power bat. Cruz hit 27 home runs in 109 games last season for the Rangers, before being suspended for 50 games in connection to the Biogenesis case. He's hit at least 22 homers in each of the past five seasons.
Nelson Cruz a 'missing link' for middle of Tigers' lineup, ESPN.com analyst says
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