Detroit Tigers: Grading Team’s Offseason Moves

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Aug 26, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin (4) hits a home run in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 26, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin (4) hits a home run in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 8, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers executive vice president and general manager Al Avila before the game against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila recently completed his second offseason in charge. Avila made minor tweaks to a Detroit roster that returns the same nucleus. Here’s how the team fared.

Detroit Tigers fans could have seen an extremely different offseason.

The names of prominent Tigers players like Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez all surfaced in trade rumors.

However, the team mostly stayed together, with another run at the playoffs and the World Series looking like a real possibility.

In addition to the likes of Cabrera, Verlander, Kinsler and Martinez, the rest of Detroit’s high-powered offense returns.

That should mean plenty of home runs and runs scored in general thanks to the offensive firepower provided by Justin Upton, Victor Martinez, Nick Castellanos and others.

The Tigers also bring back a rotation that has exciting potential.

With Verlander heading up a group that also features Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd, Detroit has the potential to match up with any team’s rotation.

Avila rightfully deserves credit for keeping the roster intact as the Tigers have a chance to claim some silverware in 2017.

The division will be weakened, with Chicago and Kansas City losing elite performers. Elsewhere, Detroit is probably going to win more than four games against Cleveland.

Here’s a breakdown of all of Detroit’s significant offseason moves and the grades they received.

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