Detroit Tigers

Stadium: Comerica Park | Manager: Brad
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Tigers' Castellanos works to be 'more comfortable' at 3B in 2015
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos struggled in his first full year playing third base at the major-league level in 2014, so he is hard at work this offseason improving his defense

"Last year was [about] the actual ground-ball catching," Castellanos said, per MLB.com. "This year is a lot more [about] quickness, working on my range, lateral movement."

On top of committing 15 errors, Castellanos' Ultimate Zone Rating of negative-18.4 was nearly twice as bad as the next-lowest rating among third-base regulars. He also had a Defensive Runs Saved of minus-30 and a plus/minus rating of minus-39, which was lowest in the majors last year.

"I'm going to be more comfortable this year," Castellanos said. "Last year, I knew nobody [in terms of hitting tendencies]. Also I was getting used to the tempo of the game. It wasn't like I was in the big leagues for a while at another position and then had to go to third base. It was pretty much me making my first year in the big leagues at pretty much a new position, or trying to relearn an old position."

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Tigers' Dombrowski expecting 'real big season' for Justin Verlander
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander said last week this is the best he's felt physically approaching the start of spring training in at least three years.

Apparently, the optimism doesn't end with Verlander. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated the Tigers are expecting big things from Verlander in 2015 after he posted a 4.54 ERA in 2014, failing to make the All-Star team for the first time in six seasons.

"Justin Verlander is as prime a pitcher as there is in the game of baseball," Dombrowski said, per the Detroit Free Press. "Last year, he was not the traditional Justin. But when you look at what he came back from with the surgery, I think he's going to go out and have a real big season for us."

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Tigers' Miguel Cabrera not expected to miss much time with injury
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is not expected to miss much time with his ankle injury, according to the Detroit Free Press

Cabrera had ankle surgery to remove bone spurs shortly after the season, and has been recovering during the offseason. He was recently cleared to ditch his walking boot, and will be re-evaluated by team doctors on Feb. 15. General manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters Cabrera shouldn't miss much time due to the injury. "We're hopeful at that point he gets turned loose," Dombrowski said. "If he's not ready for Opening Day, it's going to be very, very close."

The 31-year-old Cabrera hit .313/.371/.524 over 611 at-bats last year. 

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Tigers sign pitcher Al Alburquerque for $1.725 million
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Tigers have re-signed pitcher Al Alburquerque to a $1.725 million contract with a $12,500 bonus for 75 appearances, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Alburquerque originally filed for $2.05 million in arbitration while Detroit offered $1.375 million, according to Heyman. The team made the deal official Sunday, avoiding arbitration.

The five-year veteran went 3-1 in 2014 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games. 

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David Price would 'absolutely' consider extension with Tigers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

When asked if he's considering signing a long-term contract extension with the Tigers, starting pitcher David Price replied with an emphatic "absolutely," according to the Detroit Free-Press on Saturday.

Price, 29, avoided arbitration with the Tigers by agreeing to a one-year, $19.75-million last week. He made $14 million in 2014. General manager Dave Dombrowski also indicated earlier in the week that the team never considered trading Price, and that they're aiming to keep the left-handed hurler in Detroit "for a long time."

Price went 4-4 with a 3.59 ERA in 11 starts after joining the Tigers via a midseason trade.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGVictor Martinez , DH.335
HRVictor Martinez , DH32
RBIMiguel Cabrera , 1B109
OBPVictor Martinez , DH.409
SLGVictor Martinez , DH.565
RMiguel Cabrera , 1B101
SBRajai Davis , LF36
WMax Scherzer , SP18
ERAMax Scherzer , SP3.15
WHIPDavid Price , SP1.08
KDavid Price , SP271
SVJoe Nathan , RP35
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