Third Base will be manned by Jeimer Candelario, the man who started the Detroit Tigers first triple play since 2001. Candelario is an average defender at third, but he has worked very hard on becoming a much better third baseman. He has a slightly above average arm and quick hands. Candelario will never be mistaken for a Nolan Arenado, but his defense will not be a detriment to the Tigers.
At shortstop, at least for now, is Jose Iglesias. Iglesias SHOULD have a Gold Glove, but he at least has been in the voting. As Tigers fans, we all know that Iggy is a fantastic defender. Iglesias was worth +3 DRS in 2017 and he had a UZR of 8.6 in 2017. Expect much of the same until he is, more than likely, traded.
Second base will be manned by Dixon Machado, that is until Iglesias is traded and he will shift to shortstop. Machado’s defensive numbers in the majors are nothing to write home about, however he does have a career UZR of 2.2 and his scouting grades were both 60 at fielding and arm strength which is above average. Many compare Machado to his teammate Jose Iglesias in both batting and fielding. If those comps are true, expect some flashy plays at the keystone in 2018.
Of course first base will be manned by Miguel Cabrera. Even though Cabrera should be at designated hitter, Victor Martinez is still under contract for 18 million dollars. Miggy has always been scrutinized by advanced fielding stats, but Cabrera does have a career UZR of 2.6 and he is known for his strong throwing arm. With Cabrera getting older, his defense will probably start to suffer sooner rather than later.