2011 Record: 95-67
Major Offseason Moves
Signed Prince Fielder
Victor Martinez will miss the 2011 season due to a torn ACL.
Miguel Cabrera will move to third base.
Traded Casper Wells, Charlie Furbush and Francisco Martinez to the Seattle Mariners for Doug Fister and David Pauley at the 2011 trade deadline
Signed Octavio Dotel
The Detroit Tigers had one of the best teams in the majors with Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera leading the way, then they lost Victor Martinez. The team looked crippled for the 2012 season and then just days later they inked Prince Fielder to a huge nine-year $214 million deal. They were back in contention.
People think the Prince Fielder deal makes them favorites but I do not buy it because losing Victor Martinez is a huge blow. Fielder will likely hit 20 to 25 more home runs in 2012 than Martinez did in 2011 but he will also likely hit for a much lower average.
Brennan Boesch will be back in 2012 and will be a great No. 2 hitter, especially with Miguel Cabrera protecting him form the three-hole.
Justin Verlander is still the second-best pitcher in baseball, I have to give the honor of best pitcher to Clayton Kershaw, and Doug Fister was a great addition to their rotation but outside of those two who do they have?
Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer are decent at best and while Jacob Turner has potential I do not expect him to show that potential in his rookie season.
The Tigers bullpen also has holes. Valverde may have gone 49 for 49 in save opportunities but he was far from perfect in 2011. He also went 2-4 in non-save opportunities and as much as I hate sabermetric stats his 3.55 FIP and 4.01 xFIP in 2011 are troubling.
Joaquin Benoit and Al Alburquerque both looked excellent in 2011, let's just hope they can repeat that success in 2012.