2010 record/finish: 81-81, third place Manager: Jim Leyland (sixth season)
Key additions: C/DH Victor Martinez, RHP Brad Penny, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Key losses: LF Johnny Damon, RHP Jeremy Bonderman, C Gerald Laird, RHP Armando Galarraga
Outlook: The Tigers’ offseason was marred by Miguel Cabrera’s arrest for DUI, but the perennial MVP candidate is back on track. The addition of Martinez gives a strong lineup some added punch. The starting rotation has a few questions, namely whether Penny can stay healthy and contribute and Rick Porcello can return to his rookie form.
Player to watch: CF Austin Jackson. He’s a budding star in center field who finished second in rookie-of-the- year voting last season.
Will win the Central if ... they can get some pitching from the back end of the rotation and Jackson and OF Brennan Boesch continue to progress.