Tigers reliever Phil Coke is optimistic about the team's chances in 2013.
"I don't think there's a reason why you can't expect us to be here next year - on the other end... don't think we won't be back."
Coke's suggestion is not far-fetched. The Tigers will have Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, Prince Fielder and most of the remainder of the team's core returning in 2013. In addition, they'll have a healthy Doug Fister and could potentially re-sign fellow starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez as a free agent.
An area of concern for Detroit is its bullpen, particularly at the back-end, where Jose Valverde had some struggles after a dominant 2011 season. However, Coke was the feel-good hit of the fall for the Tigers, energizing the team by striking out 13 batters in less than 11 innings of relief while posting a 0.84 ERA during the postseason.
The Tigers will open the 2013 season on the road against the Minnesota Twins.