Last off-season, Detroit made a big splash in landing Prince Fielder as part of owner MIke Ilitch's "World Series or bust" mandate. The Tigers reached the World Series but fell just short. Having been to the brink of the promise land, Ilitch is hungrier for a title than ever (especially since his Red Wings won't be able to go after a Stanley Cup this year) and could be ready to back another free agent spending spree.
The AL pennant winners should be in good shape for 2013 because so much of their roster returns intact. That doesn't mean that they don't have some work to do though.
Their most immediate concern has to be their bullpen, which we all learned during the World Series is frightfully thin. They've already decided to let Jose Valverde go, so that will put the Tigers in the market for a closer and possibly high quality middle relief as well since Joaquin Benoit wasn't exactly rock solid down the stretch either. As much fu...