Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is reporting that MLB officials have agreed to expand the playoff system for the upcoming 2012 season.
Sources: Additional wild cards a "go" for this season. Playoffs to expand from eight to 10 teams. Announcement tomorrow. #MLB— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 29, 2012
Obviously, this increases the chances that the Tigers make the playoffs next season, but it also ups the importance of winning the AL Central. Barring any dramatic changes from the formats that were discussed earlier this off-season, division winners will have a significant advantage come October.
We'll be sure to update if any other news comes along.