Tigers Open Up To Media At Comerica Park

As TigerFest is taking place this coming Saturday, January 24, many Tigers made their way out to Comerica Park today and spoke with some media about what they’ve been up to in the off season, as well as what to expect during the 2015 season.

The shortstop position was a mess during nearly the entire 2014 season for the Tigers. For most of the year, the club and fans were left hoping that Iglesias could make a spectacular recovery in time for the playoffs. While that didn’t happen, it’s good to hear that the Tigers should have their defensive wizard back for the entirety of the 2015 season.

The Tigers traded for Simon this off season, although at the time nobody was certain of where he would fall. With the Tigers ultimately deciding not to retain Max Scherzer, and Simon preferring starting to the bullpen, it’s looking more and more like Simon may earn himself a starting spot.

Later in his media session, Verlander would deny revealing what that new pitch was, but all seems to be on the up from Verlander’s side of things. He claims to finally be healthy, and with Scherzer gone, this Tigers club is going to be looking for Verlander to be in Cy Young form.

Perez played mostly second base and shortstop last season as a utility player. With the outfield still very much up in the air, there was thought that Perez might try his hand at outfield during Winter ball, but after Perez hurt his knee at a play at home plate during the Winter season, he decided not to take the risk.

On the flip side of Perez, Romine will be taking a trial run in the outfield during Spring Training. There are really no secured bench spots in the outfield, and if Romine can prove a steady glove with a little improvement at the plate, he may be able to find a rotational place out there once the season rolls around.

Ian Krol came over in the pre-season Doug Fister trade last season as another key bullpen arm. While he did not perform as well as many Tigers fans would have hoped, Krol admitted much of that was one him. Manager Brad Ausmus said Krol added 12 pounds of muscle in the off season, and that while he has great stuff, “he just needs to pitch better.”

We also learned that The Tigers have not had any intention of trading David Price, and would like to look into keeping him long term. Negotiations have not gotten underway, so nothing is expected soon.