Monday, March 3, 2008

MLB Previews: Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers Last season: 88-74, .543, 8 GB in AL Central 2008 Outlook: After fading in the second half of the season last year, the Tigers decided to bolster their already-power-laden lineup even further by adding free agent Miguel Cabrera at third base. They also added Edgar Renteria at short and enticed Dontrelle Willis over from the Marlins. The Tigers should challenge for the Central Division title again this year. Biggest Changes: As mentioned, Cabrera, Renteria and Willis are the major additions. In exchange, the Tigers only lost prospects, so the lineup will still include 2007 starters Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco, Magglio Ordonez, Gary Sheffield, Carlos Guillen and Ivan Rodriguez. That's LOADED. Rookie/Free Agent Prospects: None, really. They've all been traded away. This season for the Tigers is "now or never." Best fantasy bets: You really can't go wrong with Magglio Ordonez, who would have been the AL MVP if there wasn't some guy named Rodriguez playing in New York. Carlos Guillen is the best sleeper pick at first base. Miguel Cabrera is a top choice at third, if you can get him, and he's reunited with former Marlin and World Series hero, Renteria. With all that hitting, the pitching is not great, though Justin Verlander could have a huge year in '08. Three Excellent Links: Detroit Free Press Sports Al Kaline bio, records, achievements Detroit restaurants and bars near Comerica Park Next: Minnesota Twins

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