Reassessing Detroit Tigers' Offseason Plan and What's Next

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Reassessing Detroit Tigers' Offseason Plan and What's Next
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It's hard to find fault with what the Detroit Tigers have done the last two years. They won an American League pennant in 2012, played in the American League Championship Series in 2013 and have the reigning two-time AL MVP and 2013 Cy Young award winner on the roster. 

The work done by general manager Dave Dombrowski is remarkable. He continues to make big splashes in free agency and trades, keeping the Tigers at or near the top of the AL year after year. 

What's interesting about Dombrowski and the Tigers is a (slight) shift in philosophy halfway through last season. They acquired Jose Iglesias, a defensive wizard with little offensive upside, to play shortstop. 

Subsequent moves have shown that Detroit, for the first time in years, is putting an emphasis on defense. We know this team can hit with anyone, but the one department that has been lacking is glove work. 

Even with an improving American League Central in their rear-view mirror, the Tigers will enter 2014 as the favorites to win the division for the fourth consecutive season. 

Let's take a look at what the Tigers have done so far in the offseason and what still needs to be done for the franchise to capture its first championship since 1984. 


Note: All stats courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted. 

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