The Red Sox, Cubs and Diamondbacks made the splashy moves this offseason, but Richard Justice of MLB.com writes the Tigers have had the best under-the-rader offseason.
“Oh sure, Jordan Zimmermann was the kind of impact signing that gets everyone’s attention,” Justice wrote. “Less noticed has been a series of small moves by general manager Al Avila that may have transformed Detroit’s bullpen from a weakness into a strength.”
Those moves include trades for closer Francisco Rodriguez and left-hander Justin Wilson, and the signing of Mark Lowe to bolster the back end of the bullpen.
All of a sudden,” Justice wrote, “Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will have more late-inning options than he has had the past two seasons.”
The Tigers’ offseason could get better. On “Hot Stove,” an MLB Network show, host Harold Reynolds and Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com were asked where they thought the top free-agent hitters were headed. When they got to outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, both said the Tigers.