Mike Illitch wants to see his Detroit Tigers win another World Series in his lifetime and has opened up his wallet recently to help make it happen.
The Tigers' 83-year-old owner hasn't been shy about shelling out boatloads of cash the past two offseasons, starting with the nine-year, $214 million contract tendered to Prince Fielder in January 2012, and again last month when Detroit signed free agent Anibal Sanchez to a five-year, $80 million deal.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski has done a fantastic job putting the correct pieces together to assemble a championship puzzle the last several years, allowing the Tigers to compete for division championships and threaten for a world title or two, but lately, it seems like Dombrowski hasn't been as aggressive.
In addition to the Sanchez signing, the Tigers acquired All-Star right fielder Torii Hunter with a two-year, $28 million deal, but there are still a lot of holes in Detroit's lineup that haven't been filled.
There have been several players who fit the Tigers' needs who have been available this offseason, either through trades or free agency, but Dombrowski has failed to pull the trigger on most of them, opting to stick with mostly the same team that was swept out of the 2012 World Series.
Here are five of the best players the Tigers missed out on this offseason.