March 25, 2013
The Detroit Tigers are about to have to make some serious roster moves. Opening Day is officially less than two weeks away and, as usual, Detroit can only take 25 players north.
Most of the spots are certain. Andy Dirks, Austin Jackson, and Torii Hunter comprise the outfield starters. The infield is set in stone with Alex Avila, Prince Fielder, Omar Infante, Jhonny Peralta, and Miguel Cabrera. The DH spot belongs to Victor Martinez. That's your regular nine Tigers.
Is Drew Smyly bullpen bound?
Starting will be Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, and Anibal Sanchez. The 5th guy will either be Rick Porcello or Drew Smyly.
Bullpen locks include Octavio Dotel, Joaquin Benoit, Al Alburquerque, Phil Coke, and Brayan Villarreral. There is also no reason to think that Bruce Rondon hasn't shown enough to make the club at this point as he turned in yet another stellar outing against the meat of the Washington Nationals' order today.
So this leaves four offensive bench slots and one r...