Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski basically guaranteed the baseball world when he said that Drew Smyly would be in the starting rotation in 2014. Unless he and new manager Brad Ausmus have a 6-man rotation in the works (which they don’t), one of the Tigers’ starting five from 2013 will be on his way out.
The Tigers finished the 2013 season with 93 victories and an American League Central crown. They rallied to knock off a pesky Oakland Athletics team in the ALDS, and hung with the eventual World Series champion Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. For just about any other team, 2013 would have been a rousing success, and a source of optimism for years to come.
Just not for the Detroit Tigers.