MLB Power Rankings: Spring Training Edition

David Price - Division Series - Baltimore Orioles v Detroit Tigers - Game Three                                                                                      Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

13. Detroit Tigers

The Tigers took a couple of blows to the rotation, losing Max Scherzer to the Nationals in free agency, and trading Rick Porcello to the Red Sox for Yoenis Cespedes. The Tigers will need Cespedes to step up in the beginning of the season with Victor Martinez going down after undergoing a procedure to repair his meniscus. If the Tigers want to be crowned AL Central champs again, they will need Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander to bounce back from sub par seasons in which they could not shake off the lingering effects of offseason procedures. It will be hard to replace Scherzer and Porcello with Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene, but the Tigers still have three very good pitchers with David Price, Anibal Sanchez, and Verlander (when healthy) to start. As long as the offense lives up to its potential, and if Verlander can return to his old form after going through a full offseason regimen, the Tigers should win the A.L Central, but a lot has to go right until Miggy and V-Mart return. Miggy may be ready for Opening Day now, and is officially cleared for baseball activities. 

One Response

  1. Jimmy

    How do you not mention Justin Morneau in the Rockies section when you talk about how much talent they have? He just won the batting title…

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