Detroit Tigers 2013 Season Preview:
Manger: Jim Leyland (8th Season)
2012 Record: 88-74 (1st in AL Central, American League Champions)
Key Additions: Torii Hunter
Key Losses: OF Delmon Young, P Jose Valverde
2013 Outlook: The Detroit Tigers will contend for another AL Pennant. The team boasts the strongest starting rotation in Major League Baseball. Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, and Anibal Sanchez are the most formidable 1-4 starters on any roster, and the lineup is full of All Star caliber players too.
While losing Young could be seen as a big loss, you need to remember that DH Victor Martinez is back from injury, and if he can stay healthy, will pick up whatever was lost in Young. Factor in Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Austin Jackson, and the addition of Torii Hunter, this team looks even better than it did in 2012.
The bullpen is competitive, but the closer role is yet to be decided. Several names have been thrown into the mix, including the possibility of re-signing Valverde. Reports of the Tigers having interest in Cubs closer Carlos Marmol are also being debated. Once manager Jim Leyland decides on a closer, look for Detroit to be a heavyweight in the American League again.
The Detroit Tigers are the clear frontrunners in the AL Central. No team in the division has anywhere near the talent Detroit boasts. Worst case scenario, the Tigers play in The ALCS.