Through 18 games this spring, the Tigers have listened to manager Brad Ausmus, having already swiped a major league-leading 22 bags this spring.
Even with Jose Iglesias out, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski is not about to forfeit to the Red Sox a first-round prize in a very deep 2014 draft to sign an expensive shortstop who might contribute only marginally more than his existing cast.
Moya didn't make the team. He was optioned to Double-A Erie on Friday. But if this spring's performance is any indication, and if the Tigers' praise for the youngster rings true, he's going to make the team someday. And that day might be coming sooner rather than later.
Ranking the best 'core fives' in the majors
ESPN, David Schoenfield
Who has the best core of five players in MLB? David Schoenfield ranks the top 10.
The arrival of Joba Chamberlain to Detroit continues a recent trend of low to moderate risk/potential high reward power arms being courted and signed by the Tigers.
2014 Forecast: Tigers Going All the Way This Year
Tiger Tales, Lee Panas
With opening day about two weeks away, it's time for my predicted standings for 2014.
Elsewhere in baseball:
How Speed Affects Isolated Power
The Hardball Times, Jeff Zimmerman
People define a hitter’s power in many different forms, with Isolated Power (ISO) being a fairly common method.
Lowell Spinners to wear ugly Christmas sweater uniforms in July
Big League Stew, Mark Townsend
It's a game of can you top this around the minor leagues in terms of promotional jerseys and everybody is a winner as a result.
Ausmus was asked if he gets much fan mail in new job. His answer: "Who uses mail?!?"— Jason Beck (@beckjason) March 16, 2014
Robbie Ray (@robbieray22) March 14, 2014