The hiring of a new manager along with key additions and key losses, made the Detroit Tigers one of the most active teams in baseball this off-season. With spring training under way, there are still a lot of questions as to where the team stands and what its outlook is for the coming season.
After finishing last year at an impressive 93-69, the Tigers will put their best foot forward to remain atop the AL Central. Last season the team defeated the Oakland Athletics in the American League Division Series, but fell just short to the eventual World Champions, the Boston Red Sox, in the American League Championship Series. Although the Tigers possess the reigning AL Most Valuable Player in Miguel Cabrera, the team has a few things to fix before the 2014 season.
The front office was able keep what has become arguably the best one, two, three pitching staffs in the MLB. For the first time since 2007, there is a chance that Ace Justin Verlander may not be the opening day starter. Verlander got off to a rough start last year posting his highest ERA in five years at 3.46. He was able to pick it up after all-star break and finished positive in the win-loss column at 13-12. While completing offseason workouts, Verlander injured his core muscle which unfortunately required surgery. Unsure of how Verlander will bounce back from a below average year and injury, the Tigers could hand the game ball off to reigning Cy Young winner, Max Scherzer on opening day. Also with the injuries of starting shortstop Jose Iglesias and relief pitcher Bruce Rondon, the Tigers still have a few last minute voids to fill before opening the regular season at home against the Royals.