Spring training finally is here, but with the roster all but shored up and the Tigers appearing ready and able to defend their American League Central Division title, things might appear boring at first glance.

Of course, a veteran spring training fan will know the first glance is a misleading one.

Every year, even with teams with few questions, drama arises — and it figures to be the case as the Tigers descend again on Lakeland, Fla.

Maybe it's drama that signals good things. Two years ago, Andy Dirks first brought his name to fans' attention with a terrific spring. Last year, it was Quintin Berry making a name for himself, all but ensuring he'd later get the call to the big leagues.

But maybe it's unfortunate drama, like the year closer Todd Jones was injured in the Grapefruit League's final week. (The good news: That season, 2006, turned out just fine.)

Probably the most exciting aspect of spring training (beyond the fact that it is here): Somebody you might not have heard of is going to have a great spring.

That rules out Nick Castellanos and Avisail Garcia: You've doubtlessly heard of the team's top positional prospects. It would be no fun to predict great things for them.

But we do have spring training non-roster invitees like infielders Argenis Diaz and Eugenio Suarez as well as 40-man roster possibilities Dixon Machado and Hernan Perez. Outfielders Tyler Collins and Daniel Fields will join utilitymen like Matt Tuiasosopo and Kevin Russo.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130212/OPINION03/302120416#ixzz2Kn5in600