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Next Steps: Complete Offseason Guide, Predictions for the Detroit Tigers
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Benoit has solidified the closer's role in Detroit but he could leave as a free agent.

Despite three consecutive division titles, an AL Championship and two other ALCS appearances since 2011, not capturing a World Series flag with such a talented roster has to be a disappointment. But the window of contention is still wide open.

Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander aren't slowing down, and there is still a solid group of players surrounding them. The Tigers also have the means to retain their talent and continue to acquire more.

They will, however, need to start rebuilding their farm system or they could eventually face the difficult task of not having the young and inexpensive players ready to take on the load once their superstars do begin to decline during seasons in which they're still collecting big paychecks. 

General manager Dave Dombrowski will likely have the ability to add to the payroll once again, but he could also explore a deal or deals that serve a sole purpose of restocking a farm system without much talent on the way. 

Here's everything you'll need to know before Dombrowski and the front office get started. 

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