Easy month or tough month left for the Tigers?

Easy, manager Jim Leyland said on Friday.

Or to put it another way: On March 1, this is what Leyland said about the spring-training decisions the Tigers need to make by April 1.

"I don't think it's going to be difficult at all," he said. "I have many more worries than what everybody else is worried about.

"Everybody is worried about left field. That's not my worry at all."

But isn't it going to be difficult from the standpoint that already there have been a lot of players who've made a good impression?

"That's my job," Leyland said. "That's the coaches' job, Dave Dombrowski's job, and we'll do it to the best of our ability. Somebody is going to be happy, somebody is going to be upset, but that's the way it goes."

Leyland's comments were predictable to this extent: A lot of annual attention is given at this time of year to how the Tigers will fill out their 25-man roster.

But his attention is more wide-ranging than that. When asked what, as he put it, his "worries" are, Leyland changed the terminology.

"I'm not saying I'm worried," he said, "I'm just concerned about different issues than everyone else is concerned about.

"I'm not talking about red flags or panic situations. I'm just talking in general.

"What you have to remember at the end of the day, and this is pretty simple, but I doubt very much that the guy who helps out in left field or is the utility guy is going to be the difference whether the Tigers win or lose.

"That's why everyone is missing the point. This is all about the big guys. That's your core. They are the ones who carry you. That's the way it is with any team.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130302/SPORTS0104/303020319#ixzz2MOOmn2oJ