Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers will have their first full workout on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 at their complex in Lakeland, Florida, a few days before the rest of the team reports on Monday, Feb. 19. Spring training games will officially kick off on Feb. 24 with a home game against the Yankees. It's all coming up very soon, which means Opening Day will be here before we know it.
Before then, though, the Tigers have some work to do. The 40-man roster needs to be whittled down to 26 by the time Detroit opens its season with a series away against the White Sox. All of the Tigers new acquisitions — Kenta Maeda, Jack Flaherty, Andrew Chafin, Mark Canha, and Shelby Miller — are all but guaranteed 26-man spots, along with young lineup staples Spencer Torkelson, Riley Greene, and Colt Keith, among others. However, the Tigers still have a host of spots that could be up for grabs.
Detroit Tigers spring training roster cut tracker: Who will make Opening Day roster?
The Tigers' NRI list features some exciting and/or familiar names, including top 30 prospects Jackson Jobe and Justyn Henry-Malloy, as well as Trey Wingenter, who got some major league innings last year but was demoted and then re-signed to a minor league deal.
Spring training will also mark the first appearances for newly-extended Colt Keith against major league opponents before he settles in as the Tigers' most frequent second baseman, and Greene returning from Tommy John for a hopefully strong re-entry into the big league club.
Check back here as games start on Feb. 22 for everything you need to know about who will make the Opening Day roster and who will get kicked back to Triple-A.