The Detroit Tigers 2013 season is right around the corner.
The defending American League champions have very few roster battles to be decided this spring training. The few that are there, however, will make the difference between a championship season and another year of frustration.
Front and center is the battle for the fifth starter and closer.
The very public audition of Bruce Rondon for closer and the battle between Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly has hidden the lesser battles which are, who plays left field and will the Tigers will keep Rule 5 pick Jeff Kobernus?
With the World Baseball Classic over, manager Jim Leyland finally has all of his bullpen components back together. The time to make decisions is now.
Gazing into the cracked crystal ball, here is how these decisions will play out.
Statistics via Baseball Reference and current through Tuesday March 19.