Free Press special writer Jon Machota breaks down five players to watch in Lakeland:
A torn anterior cruciate ligament in Martinez's left knee forced the switch-hitter to miss last season. The 34-year-old DH is expected to bat fifth and protect Prince Fielder. The Tigers were so confident in Martinez's health that they declined to re-sign ALCS MVP Delmon Young. Martinez hit .303 with 103 RBIs in 2011, his first year in Detroit.
The nine-time Gold Glove winner, who hit a career-best .313 last season with the Angels, signed in November. Hunter chose the Tigers because they presented him with an outstanding opportunity to play in the World Series, something the 37-year-old has never done. The rightfielder should see plenty of good pitches with Miguel Cabrera hitting behind him.
The 21-year-old Cabrera body-double flashed some of his five-tool talent after he was called up in late August, as well as going 5-for-11 against the Yankees in the ALCS. Garcia has the potential to make the Opening Day roster and get some time in left, but if he isn't going to see regular at-bats, the Tigers likely will have him open the season at Triple-A Toledo.
Five Tigers players to keep an eye on this spring
Detroit Free Press | Feb 10