Detroit Tigers players begin another season on Monday, as the club opens up against the Chicago White Sox on the road in a divisional matchup. Here’s Detroit’s full Opening Day roster.
Detroit Tigers fans saw a relatively quiet offseason this past winter.
Despite the names of players routinely surfacing in trade rumors, Cameron Maybin was the only starter dealt.
Elsewhere the club added depth on the bench and at the minor league level, but that was about it.
Many of those depth pieces competed for places on the team in Spring Training. Now, with Grapefruit League play in the rearview mirror, we know what the Detroit Tigers Opening Day roster looks like.
Here’s the group heading to Chicago to open the 2017 regular season for the Tigers.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Anibal Sanchez step into the rotation and make a start here or there at some point, but for now, the Tigers will look elsewhere in terms of starters.
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Speaking of Sanchez, the veteran right-hander will take his talents to the bullpen.
He’s an ideal candidate to throw multiple innings per outing and save the rest of the group if a blowout occurs.
All told, the group will look to act as a bridge between the starters and standout closer Francisco Rodriguez, who enters his second season at the back of Detroit’s bullpen.
In terms of position players, it is a very familiar group for Detroit Tigers fans.
Elsewhere, the rest of Detroit’s starting infield returns.
The Designated Hitter
Last, but certainly not least is designated hitter Victor Martinez. The veteran slugger will be counted on to once again provide protection for Cabrera in the lineup.