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5 Reasons for Detroit Tigers Fans to Be Thankful Heading into 2014

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5 Reasons for Detroit Tigers Fans to Be Thankful Heading into 2014

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The news of the Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler trade rocked the Major League Baseball offseason world. It happened so fast that we didn’t even have time to see rumors develop about it. Perhaps those most rocked by the trade were the fans of the Detroit Tigers who now are without one of their two beloved big boppers in the middle of the line-up. There is no need to worry however. Actually there are plenty of reasons to be thankful.

Just touching on a few things would allow us to be thankful for the owner of the team who clearly is still very interested in winning a World Series. That should be the goal of every owner but it obviously isn’t based on the way they are run. The Tigers have a team in place of GM, owner and others who are able and willing to build a winning team. That is more than enough to be thankful for.

There will always be reasons to doubt when a huge trade like this hits but for the most part I think the Tigers are on the plus side of the deal anyway. Fielder is crazy talented but he isn’t necessarily the most important piece in the batting order as long as Miguel Cabrera stays around and stays healthy. So let’s look at five really good reasons for Tigers fans to be Thankful heading into the 2014 season. Please leave a comment below if your opinion wants to be heard.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Miguel Cabrera Will Be Healthy

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With simple surgery done on his numerous issues that caused him trouble at the end of the 2013 season, there is no reason to believe that Miggy will be anything other than 100% when opening day rolls around. Everyone knows what this guy does when he is healthy and that is something all baseball fans should be thankful for, not just the Tigers’ fans.

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4 – Ian Kinsler is a Good Second Baseman

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Kinsler is a really good option at second for the Tigers. They were going to have to look at what to do in order to solidify that position and now that has happened in a good way. It freed up money and filled a need all at once. Second base will be manned properly so Tigers fans, be thankful.

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3 – Extra Money

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With the departure of Fielder, there is more money immediately but more importantly more money over the next several seasons. It isn’t the immediate payroll that was a problem for extending Miggy or even Max Scherzer from the Tigers’ side of things; it was the committed money in the future. Now that number has dropped way down and they have greater flexibility to fill out the roster this season and for the next couple of seasons.

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2 – Verlander is Still Verlander

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Let’s be honest; Justin Verlander’s struggles through some parts of the 2013 weren’t really all that bad. The only issue was that Verlander wasn’t perfect every time out all season long. Not that it should have been something to worry about in the first place but he proved in the MLB playoffs that he is still every bit the dominating Verlander that he ever was.

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1 – Brad Ausmus

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With a legend departing the managerial spot for the Tigers, there were serious doubts about who could fill the role well. Ausmus is going to be one of the new Mike Matheny type managers that really succeeds early in his career. For the things he doesn’t know yet, he still has the same bench coach that served Jim Leyland. There is nothing bad about this guy leading the Tigers and that is their biggest reason to be thankful.