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The Detroit News - - TIGERS -

1. Re­turn of Miguel Cabr­era: With five years and $154 mil­lion left on his con­tract, can the face of the fran­chise stay healthy and re-es­tab­lish him­self as one of the game’s premier hit­ters?

2. Will Nick stick? Nick Castel­lanos will be a free agent af­ter this sea­son. The Tigers have been open to trade of­fers this off­sea­son, but didn’t get so much as a nib­ble. Will he be more en­tic­ing to teams by the trade dead­line?

3. New guys: The Tigers have brought in some veteran play­ers, most of them look­ing for bounce-back sea­sons, like pitch­ers Tyson Ross and Matt Moore. Long­time Pi­rates short­stop Jordy Mercer re­places Jose Igle­sias. For­mer White Sox in­fielder Gor­don Beck­ham also will get a chance to win a spot.

4. Time to shine: For catcher Grayson Greiner, left fielder Christin Ste­wart, cen­ter fielder Ja­Coby Jones and third base­man Jeimer Can­de­lario, 2019 could be ei­ther a break­out or break up year.

5. Bust­ing out: It’s been a frus­trat­ing last cou­ple of sea­sons for for­mer rookie of the year Michael Ful­mer. He has been be­set by nig­gling in­juries and hasn’t fully re­cap­tured the dom­i­nance he showed in 2016. He’s as healthy and de­ter­mined as he’s ever been. If he is back on form, will that has­ten his de­par­ture from Detroit in July?


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