After four straight AL Central titles the Tigers plummeted to a last-place finish in the division in 2015. Injuries and the departure of Max Scherzer were major reasons for the Tigers 74-87 record. Long-time GM Dave Dombrowski has moved on to Boston, and Al Avila is now running the front office operations in Detroit. Manager Brad Ausmus who appeared to be on his way out, received a temporary reprieve and will once again be on the bench for the Tigers. After another offseason season of lavish spending, the Tigers have postseason aspirations once again.
Any team that boasts Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton and Ian Kinsler should have enough firepower for a playoff push. The bullpen, which has been an annual trouble spot, has received a makeover with the additions of Francisco Rodriguez and Mark Lowe among others. However, starting pitching remains a major question mark. Jordan Zimmerman looks to bounce back as he joins the likes of Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris. If the starters can stay healthy and productive, the Tigers should have an excellent shot to challenge the Kansas City Royals for the AL Central crown and a trip to the playoffs.