May 30, 2014; Toledo, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski in the stands against the Charlotte Knights at Fifth Third Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Blair Tatrault highlighted the Tigers latest offseason endeavor to stay relevant and keep the championship window open.
"You only get so many shots at glory before the lights go out. In the case of the Detroit Tigers, the sandman may already be reaching for the dimmer switch. After the Tigers were edged by Boston in a tight ALCS series in 2013, they were a consensus choice to represent the American League in the World Series last year. But they struggled to win their division and then ran into a hot Baltimore team in the first round of the playoffs, and were swept unceremoniously out of MLB’s postseason tournament. This off season, with the Tigers in a state of flux and a number of teams opening up their purse strings to pursue top talent, Detroit is attracting significantly less national attention and is generally absent from the short list of World Series contenders. Now that may or may not be a good thing, and it’s still early January. But it’s an open question whether this long-of-tooth Tiger team is still capable of pouncing on its prey, or if it will instead surrender to the ennui that inexorably undermines aging teams. READ MORE"