Detroit TigersManager: Brad Ausmus
Stadium: Comerica Park
2008 Record: 74-88 (5th in AL Cent)
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-- Buster Olney
HITTER TO WATCH:
Jeff Larish looks like he'll earn a spot on the bench; he's a slow, patient hitter with moderate power who doesn't profile as an everyday first baseman.
PITCHER TO WATCH:
Take your pick: 20-year-old phenom Rick Porcello firing two-seamers in the rotation or 2008 first-round pick Ryan Perry pumping 96-98 mph four-seamers in the pen.
-- Keith Law, Scouts Inc.
Is Miguel Cabrera the best first baseman in the American League? Do the Tigers have the top lineup in the AL? Is Curtis Granderson the best center fielder in the league? Register your vote.
Recently acquired via trade, Josh Anderson has speed, and the Tigers will attempt to use it at every opportunity. Speed is a coveted commodity in fantasy, and Anderson will see plenty of green lights in 2009.
Magglio Ordonez is far from washed up, but he's not a top-50 player anymore, either, and that's where a lot of owners will continue to draft him. They'll be disappointed when Ordonez goes for only 20 homers and 100 RBIs.
-- AJ Mass
INJURY TO WATCH
Jeremy Bonderman missed the last four months of the 2008 season when he underwent surgery to correct a circulatory issue in his throwing arm. The surgery involved clearance of a blood clot, along with resection of a rib to alleviate compression on the involved blood vessel, which passes from the neck through the shoulder to the arm. It seemed his recovery was moving along well until Bonderman developed soreness in the involved shoulder. That soreness translated into a delayed progression and, most recently, velocity issues. Bonderman will begin the season on the DL, and there is no timetable for his return. It is not uncommon for some of these post-surgical problems to linger following this type of ailment, but it certainly leaves a big question mark as to Bonderman's status for 2009.
-- Stephania Bell
PRESEASON POWER RANKINGS
No. 17 overall
No. 17 overall
No. 25 overall
No. 9 overall
No. 27 overall