The Detroit Tigers have undergone a lot of change in the last year. The infield, however, remains relatively intact.
While the concept of rebuilding has caused controversy, the Detroit Tigers are continuing to plug along in their quest to tear down and eventually build back up.
This has created a gigantic roster overhaul, primarily in their outfield and starting rotation. J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton, Justin Wilson, Alex Avila, Justin Verlander and Ian Kinsler are all gone, replaced by younger, less experienced players. Andrew Romine, a stalwart around the infield for the last few seasons, is gone as well after being claimed by the Mariners.
The infield is still anchored by future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera and defensive wizard Jose Iglesias. Likewise, James McCann is still behind the plate. However, second base and third base will have new opening day starters, and the utility infield spot is still very much up for grabs.
While things are subject to change, let’s take a look at what the infield could look like in 2018. We will start with the man behind the plate: