Detroit Tigers: Deals That Could Take Tigers to World Series in 2012

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Detroit Tigers: Deals That Could Take Tigers to World Series in 2012
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All things considered, the Detroit Tigers had a successful season. Many sporting news outlets and magazines had predicted the Tigers to finish second or worse in the American League Central division prior to the 2011 MLB season.

But the Tigers did a heck a lot more than finishing second. They not only won the AL Central, but they went all the way to within two games of the World Series. Being one of the final four remaining MLB teams shouldn't be considered a failure.

Knowing this, the Tigers' weaknesses were exploited during the American League Championship Series against Texas. A dismal bullpen, along with speed and defensive problems arose during their playoff run.

The Tigers have filled two roles, bringing back catcher Gerald Laird to backup starting catcher Alex Avila. Also, second baseman Ramon Santiago was re-signed yesterday afternoon to a new two-year deal.

Still, many questions linger for the Tigers and general manager Dave Dombrowski this upcoming winter and off-season. Solid relief pitchers are needed. A stronger, more solidified starting rotation will help as well. A solid third basemen is also going to be a huge need for this organization if they want to take that leap further into the postseason next season.

Finally, the main problem that has really haunted the Tigers the past few years is speed. This team has had a lack of speed for some time now, which is essential to a long playoff run, as there is a widespread use of "small ball" in the playoffs.

The following 10 players are players whom I believe that Dave Dombrowski should seriously consider, considering this city of Detroit is hungry for a World Series championship.

I mean, it has been 27 years.

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