Thursday, February 21, 2008

'08 RAPs: Detroit Tigers

The reigning AL Champion, Tigers failed to make the playoffs in 2007, falling short of the Wild Card. However, GM Dave Dombrowski was busy this offseason. Many believe that he put together the greatest team in baseball with the acquisitions of players such as Miguel Cabrera and Edgar Renteria.

Here are the Tigers' offseason moves:
  • Acquired SS Edgar Renteria from the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Jair Jurrjens and OF Gorkys Hernandez.
  • Acquired pitcher Denny Bautista from the Colorado Rockies for pitcher Jose Capellan.
  • Acquired pitcher Dontrelle Willis and 3B Miguel Cabrera from the Florida Marlins for OFCameron Maybin, C Mike Rabelo, and pitchers Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop, Eulogio De La Cruz and Dallas Trahern.
  • Resigned pitchers Kenny Rogers and Todd Jones.

So, here's the team outlook:

Pitching Staff:
SP1: Justin Verlander
SP2: Kenny Rogers
SP3: Dontrelle Willis
SP4: Jeremy Bonderman
SP5: Nate Robertson
CL: Todd Jones
SUM: Fernando Rodney

DH: Gary Shefield
C: Ivan Rodriguez
1B: Carlos Guillen
2B: Placido Polanco
SS: Edgar Renteria
3B: Miguel Cabrera
LF: Jaque Jones/Marcue Thames/Brandon Inge
CF: Curtis Granderson
RF: Magglio Ordonez

The Tigers will make the playoffs.
Boldest- The Royals will win the season series against Detroit.
Team MVP/Best Season- Miguel Cabrera (50 HR, 130 RBI)
Best Pitcher- Justin Verlander (17-20 wins, sub 3.50 ERA)
Breakout Player- Dontrelle Willis (12-15 wins, sub 4.25 ERA)

Stay Tuned: Indians Tommorow; Final AL Central Predictions Saturday!

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