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Cabrera, Tigers improve in 2014?
Good news, Detroit Tigers fans: Miguel Cabrera says he feels "free" after undergoing offseason surgery to repair damaged core muscles. And given that the slugger won his second American League MVP award in 2013, that could mean big things this coming season. Add this to ace Justin Verlander, who underwent similar surgery and called his injury a "blessing," and talk is positive surrounding Motown baseball (SweetSpot ranked the Tigers No. 2 in MLB for 2014, even with Prince Fielder now in Texas and an underwhelming season in the rearview). How will the Tigers fare?
The Pittsburgh Pirates won the 2013 headlines. The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series. But neither -- at the moment -- figures to be among the biggest stories of 2014. Not with the AL West packed, Alex Rodriguez's appeal still up in the air and the new commissioner to be chosen -- among many other things. Check out Buster Olney's top 10 storylines for the new year and rank them according to your interest level. Simply click on the images to submit your ballot!
Top 2014 MLB Storylines
AL West race
AL West race
Will the A's repeat? Will the Rangers bounce back? Or will the Angels and Mariners have something to say about it?
Will his 211-game suspension be upheld?
How much will it change the game?
How much does he have left?
Will the Cy Young winners and free-agents-to-be stay in their respective cities?
Mattingly's job status
Mattingly's job status
Is Don Mattingly a Dodger for good?
Albert Pujols could reach 500 HR (he's at 492), 1,500 RBIs (1,498) and 1,500 runs (1,425). Alex Rodriguez is closing in on 3,000 hits (2,939) and 2,000 RBIs (1,969).
New MLBPA head
New MLBPA head
What will the future be like under new leader Tony Clark?
Is Rob Manfred the man?
Will the Phillies, Royals, Diamondbacks and Orioles trend upward or downward?Tags:
MLB, MLB, Alex Rodriguez, Clayton Kershaw, Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, Max Scherzer, Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles
Over the next week, Buster Olney is ranking the 10 best in MLB in a variety of categories. Today he is analyzing the league's best rotations . Do you agree with his list? Click on the images below to set your rankings!More: Top 10 lineups
Baseball's best rotations
Pictured: Sonny Gray
Pictured: Julio Teheran
Pictured: Adam Wainwright
Pictured: Clayton Kershaw
Pictured: Stephen Strasburg
Pictured: Francisco Liriano
Pictured: Yu Darvish
Pictured: Matt Moore
Pictured: Mat Latos
Pictured: Max Scherzer
Over the next week, Buster Olney will be ranking the 10 best in MLB in a variety of categories. He starts with the top 10 lineups. As one executive noted to Olney, "When you start looking at the projected lineups for 2014, there are not many dominant lineups. Most clubs have a couple of spots that have young players, or players returning from injuries. So almost all have a couple of questions." Click here to see Olney's top 10 and submit your own ballot by clicking on the images below.
Baseball's top 10 lineups
Pictured: Yoenis Cespedes
Pictured: Mike Trout
Pictured: Allen Craig
Pictured: Nick Swisher
Pictured: Prince Fielder
Pictured: David Ortiz
Pictured: Carlos Gonzalez
Pictured: Alex Gordon
Pictured: Miguel Cabrera
Pictured: Jacoby EllsburyUSA TODAY Sports
Trade: Prince Fielder to Rangers
A big trade hit baseball on Wednesday night, and when we say "big," we don't just mean the implications. The Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder, one of MLB's more sizable stars, is moving to the Texas Rangers, along with $30 million, in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. The deal on the field seems like a win for Texas; they get Fielder, still a solid hitter even if his power has waned of late, and also clear a spot for promising youngster Jurickson Profar. But Detroit saves more than $70 million, potentially allowing them to sign reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.
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