The Detroit Tigers and the rest of baseball experienced a quiet holiday week. The Tigers will cruise into the seven-week period before Spring Training with a team they feel comfortable with, unless of course they’re not.
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Just because the team was quiet doesn’t mean our writers were. Let’s take a look at the week that was here at Motor City Bengals and catch up on anything you may have missed while welcoming in the new year.
Zane Stalberg started the week out by discussing how the Tigers shouldn’t be lulled into falling back into the Max Scherzer sweepstakes. They simply need to rely on a rejuvenated Justin Verlander as their ace and move on.
"Lately, it feels as if Justin Verlander’s life off the mound has trumped his prowess between the white lines. Highlights of his MVP season have been replaced on ESPN by court-side appearances with Kate Upton. And, in that time, Verlander himself has been replaced in the minds of many by Max Scherzer as the ace of the Detroit Tigers. However, the Tigers would be wise to show faith in Verlander in 2015, and beyond, rather than spend $200 million on Scherzer. While many Tigers fans, and media outlets, have given up on Verlander, Dave Dombrowski, and the Tigers’ front office, should not. Verlander has been a key cog in the Tigers’ recent success and his competitive intensity cannot be overlooked. Taking a chance on the former MVP is far less risky than adding another massive contract to the laundry list of payouts that have damaged the Tigers’ future, and have yet to bring them a championship. READ MORE"