3 keys for the Detroit Tigers to win the American League Central

The Detroit Tigers are a long shot to win the division, but we have seen crazier things in life. So what needs to happen for this team to make it back to the postseason?

Detroit Tigers celebrate after a win against the Cleveland Guardians.
Detroit Tigers celebrate after a win against the Cleveland Guardians. / Duane Burleson/GettyImages
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The Detroit Tigers need to hope the other teams moves don't pan out as they could.

Despite the Tigers being quiet in the offseason, other teams in the division were not. The Tigers added Andrew Chafin, Shelby Miller, Jack Flaherty, Mark Canha, and Kenta Maeda. These are all relatively quiet and not overly impactful moves.

The Kansas City Royals were one of those teams that were bad last year but have true talent to build around. It starts with Bobby Witt Jr, who inked a long-term contract this offseason. The Royals went out to build around their star shortstop, acquiring the services of Hunter Renfroe, Adam Frazier, Seth Lugo, Michel Wacha, Kyle Wright, Will Smith, and Nick Anderson. That is a pair of all-star hitters that pair well with Witt and Vinnie Pasquantino, a few decent starters that can mentor young talent like Brady Singer while eating quality innings, and a closer in Will Smith, who just came from a World Series-winning Texas Rangers team. They have the potential to take major steps forward.

The Minnesota Twins also had a busy offseason. They grabbed Anthony DeSclafani from Seattle in exchange for Jorge Polanco. The Twins also acquired Manuel Margot from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Carlos Santana, who also joined the club, is still a productive DH. For a team that won the division, they may not have had to make too many moves but filled some holes that they had.

If these teams continue to move forward, the Twins could pull away from the Tigers, and the Royals may be able to leapfrog them.