Nate Silver at Baseball Prospectus is going division by division looking at what teams will and should do with their offseasons. The first division he did is the American League Central.
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In essence Silver classified the Tigers as a weak buy. He also indicated that Dave Dombrowski will have one of the tougher offseasons coming up saying:
This team looks to me like an 85-86 win team if it just treads water,
and any team in that position that’s drawing three million fans or more per season is usually going to be a net acquirer of talent. The problem is that there aren’t that many ready-made free agent solutions at the positions where the Tigers need them, so some creativity is going to be required. When all is said and done, I think the Tigers will look at the Indians, Red Sox and Yankees, decide that they have to improve to catch up to that group, and make some or another kind of move.
Some names he indicates as targets include Eric Gagne, and then a Kerry Wood type pitcher and a Paul Byrd type pitcher.