Detroit Tigers Links: Off-season directions, free agents & Jim Leyland says stop AL Central bashing

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With the World Series commencing last night, Jim Leyland had an interesting take on the rampant American League Central bashing. Interesting story though, over the past 10 World Series, four of them have been represented by the AL Central and it would have been five if the Cleveland Indians hadn’t blown a 3-1 ALCS lead in 2007. That’s the same amount as the always discussed AL East and two more than the AL West during that time.

Sandwiched between old skip’s take, we look at some off-season directions and free agents the team may target.

Five directions the Tigers might proceed in offseason – Tony Paul, Detroit News

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Jim Leyland hopes people stop bashing AL Central – George Sipple, Detroit Free Press

"“I think it looks great for our division,” Leyland said of the Royals advancing to the World Series.“Everybody criticizes the Central Division all the time. I mean, Minnesota was in the playoffs when we were (managing), along with us. Cleveland was in the playoffs when we were there, along with us. … Kansas City and (Detroit) were both in it again, two teams from the Central Division. One is going to the World Series. We went twice.“I think people need to get off picking on the Central Division. I think this is kind of proof in the pudding. ‘Hey, wait a minute. Maybe the Central Division is better than we think it is.’ I’m happy for the Royals. I’m proud of them.”"

Colby Rasmus tops list of 5 potential free agents the Detroit Tigers could target this offseason – James Schmehl, MLive

"Colby Rasmus, OFLuke Gregerson, RHPAndrew Miller, LHPEmilio Bonifacio, OF/INFBrandon McCarthy, RHP"

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