If there was a winner during the 2013 MLB offseason, the Blue Jays claimed the crown in a landslide. But hot stove moves don't always pay off with instant success, and the Tigers will have their first crack at the new-look Blue Jays when they kick off a three-game series Tuesday at Comerica Park. "They've transformed their team into a little bit of a different team," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Obviously, they went out and they spent some money they got some players. People are excited up there." The Tigers didn't have nearly as many marquee deals as the Blue Jays, but the free-acquisition of Torii Hunter and return of Victor Martinez (torn ACL) gives them a more potent lineup than last year's American League championship team. "I know about excitement because we've got plenty of it here," Leyland said. "They're pumped up (in Toronto) and rightfully so." Among the massive haul for Toronto this year were former All-Star starters R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, and the latter two will face the Tigers Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. They also added two former All-Stars in the field with shortstop Jose Reyes and outfielder Melky Cabrera, two quality hitters to add to the top of a lineup that hit the fifth-most home runs (198) in the majors last season. "That team has been revamped, and offensively they're very scary and defensively they look good," Hunter said. "I think they have a good chance of winning the AL East. They look good." Winning the AL East will be no small feat for the Blue Jays. In addition to the typically strong Yankees and Red Sox, the Orioles are coming off a wild-card berth in 2012 and the Rays won 90 games last season.
Retooled, 'very scary' Blue Jays visit Tigers for three games
Detroit News | Apr 9