Baseball Prospectus' Joe Sheehan has been posting previews for each of the major league divisions this week, and today he looked at the AL Central.
As you might imagine, Sheehan gave the Detroit Tigers the best "Winter Grade," handing out an "A." He also singled out Matt Mantei as the non-roster invitee to watch, and thinks Ryan Raburn vs. Ramon Santiago is the closest thing the Tigers will have to a position battle during Spring Training.
It looks like the preview is free content for all, but just in case you're into one-stop reading, here's Sheehan's sum-up of the Tigers:
Over at Yahoo! Sports, Tim Brown tackled the AL Central yesterday, and sees a two-team race among the Tigers and Indians. But he has a little more fun with his appraisal of the Detroit baseball club.
That touches on something I've been thinking about (and I'm not claiming it's original). We've been talking about 2008 as "the year," and maybe it is, since Kenny Rogers and Todd Jones will probably sign off on their careers after the season is finished. But for the most part, the Tigers have probably given themselves approximately a two-year window.
Any thoughts or disagreements from the BYB bleachers?
[Updated at 8:00 p.m.]