Detroit Tigers Offseason Review: Winners and Losers

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Aug 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) is lifted in to the air by second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) after scoring the winning run against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) is lifted in to the air by second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) after scoring the winning run against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 21, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark Lowe (21) and starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) high five fans on their way to practice at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers players will soon report for Spring Training. With the regular season approaching, here is a look at the winners and losers from Detroit’s offseason.

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila recently completed his second offseason in charge of the club.

At first, many prominent Tigers players saw their names surface in trade rumors.

However, the only significant trade that Avila made was to send Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for pitching prospect Victor Alcantara.

The Tigers core will once again return in 2017.

That means more strikeouts from Justin Verlander, more four-hit performances from Miguel Cabrera, more Francisco Rodriguez saves and more instances of Justin Upton destroying baseballs.

In terms of additions, there weren’t too many of note. Avila and company made more minor league signings, boosting the team’s overall depth in the process.

Alex Avila returned to the franchise to serve as James McCann’s backup. Elsewhere, Rule 5 draft pick Daniel Stumpf and Alcantara were added to the mix in the bullpen.

All told, Detroit heads into Spring Training with a roster capable of not only making the playoffs, but making a serious run once the team gets there.

With Opening Day right around the corner, here is a look at the winners and losers from the Detroit Tigers offseason.

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