As we get into the Grapefruit League part of the Detroit Tigers' 2013 spring training program down in Lakeland, Fla., it is time to take a look at some of the battles shaping up as the Tigers get ready to defend their American League championship.
Most of the roster spots this preseason are already spoken for.
Justin Verlander will be the Opening Day starter, Victor Martinez will be the everyday designated hitter and Torii Hunter will be the right fielder when the Tigers come north.
Yet, there are still a couple battles for positions and roster spots that have yet to be decided.
Barring injury or a trade before the season gets underway, we know 24 of the 25 players that will start the season on the major league roster.
Surprises can, and do, happen. Players getting a good look this first week could find a longer visit to big-league camp if one of the bigger name players gets hurt or if they impress manager Jim Leyland during their audition.
If things hold the form, however, then there are just three battles for jobs this spring. Here is a look at what the Tigers brass and fans are watching for.