Detroit Tigers Season Preview

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Mar 25, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Nationals 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

As Dan Dickerson said famously in 2013, “In the beginning there was no baseball, but ever since their has been few beginnings as good as the start of the baseball season.”

The 2014 season for the Tigers was doomed by the bullpen and there was no doubt about it. The Tigers struggled to close games specifically Joe Nathan.

Detroit comes into the 2015 season with the same problem but in this off-season truly the Tigers made significant changes and have many question marks.

Key Departures:

RHP Max Scherzer to Washington via Free Agency

RHP Rick Porcello to Boston via Trade

2B Domingo Leyba  to Arizona via Trade

LHP Robbie Ray to Arizona via Trade

2B Devon Travis to Toronto via Trade

SS Eugenio Suarez to Cincinnati via Trade

RHP Jonathon Crawford to Cincinnati via Trade

The BIG loss: Max Scherzer

Scherzer is a big loss, but not as big as most would think. Max Scherzer leaving for more money in Washington makes Washington a lot better, but Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said to 97.1 The Ticket’s Pat Caputo on Tiger Talk.

"“The trade for David Price was to compensate for the possible loss of Scherzer”"

Does the loss off Max hurt? No doubt, it’d be foolish to say it’s not a big loss. When you lose a guy like Scherzer it’s a big blow to most teams, luckily the Tigers were thinking ahead of the season for the future of the team by acquiring a pitcher like David Price.

Next: Key Additions