Detroit Tigers Spring Training Report: Breaking Down Biggest Roster Battles

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Detroit Tigers Spring Training Report: Breaking Down Biggest Roster Battles
Don Kelly should be on the Tigers list of 25 already, right?

It is no secret that baseball's 2012 forecast shows the Tigers as loaded and ready to stomp on the weaker opponents of their American League Central rivals, if not the rest of baseball too. Detroit has a roster full of potential to break records and destroy the egos of baseball's greatest. 

Making MLB rosters this time of the year is heated and full of high-stakes competition. Every at-bat really does mean something this time of the year. Some players know their chances may only come a handful of times and they really have no other choice than to press for peak performance. 

In every camp across the Arizona's Cactus League and Flordia's Grapefruit League, non-roster invitees and minor league hopefuls are leaving all they have out on the field in an effort to make MLB's coveted 25 man Opening Day roster. 

Hundreds will find out in the next few weeks that their dreams have been put on hold, at least for now. MLB teams will begin the widdling process as the start of the regular season winds closer and managers are forced to decide who to take home. 

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is in better position than many of his peers across baseball; he only has a few roster spots to fill. A few literally means three in this case. It would seem apparent that 22 players can breathe easy, as its highly unlikely they won't be there in the end.

However, it doesn't make Leyland's job any easier, and internal rivalries will heat up as the deadline for final rosters nears. Here's a look at the biggest battles happening for the Tigers in Lakeland right now.

First, though, I have to set the table. 


Bleacher Report Featured Columnist J. Cook is a member of B/R's 2012 MLB Spring Training Coverage Team and contributes to B/R's MLB content and Detroit Tigers page.

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