You've heard by now Rick Porcello and Ryan Perry made the team. While some teams would hold them back to suppress their service time, the Tigers have never been a team to do that. I'll argue that they are making the right move here, as pitchers are unlikely to be as productive six years down the road.
Zach Miner, now to be nicknamed Lloyd Christmas (You mean there's still a chance!), enters the rotation. This is the right move.
To supplement the rotation, the Tigers are going with two long relievers. Eddie Bonine is a good fit as a long reliever as a control specialist. He may not eat the innings in a dominant manner, but he'll keep the other relievers fresh if the starter gets rocked. The same can be said for Nate Robertson, who is a starter waiting in the wings. I'm a fan of this move, as the Tigers have some flexibility now.
Juan Rincon, Perry, Bobby Seay, Brandon Lyon, and Fernando Rodney round out the pen. I love the use of the phrase "Opening Day Closer."
It looks like Jeff Larish has the last spot. That means Brent Clevlen could be traded or put through waivers before the season.
Skelton didn't make the Diamondbacks' roster. The Tigers, however, didn't want him back and negotiated a deal with Arizona for pitcher Brooks Brown. DTW has the rundown on Brown. It looks like a solid pick up. Once you see Toledo's rotation, you'll see why the Tigers wanted some depth.
I am moving this weekend and won't have internet until next week. As such, I'll need to project this year's standings right now so I'm not cheating. I don't have time to run through
2. Tampa Bay (WC)
3. New York
5. Kansas City
3. Los Angeles
2. Philadelphia (WC)
3. New York
2. St. Louis
1. Los Angeles
3. San Francisco
5. San Diego
World Series: Tampa Bay over Chicago
AL MVP: Miguel Cabrera
AL Cy Young: C.C. Sabathia
AL ROY: Travis Snider (Tons of good canididates here: Wieters, Price, Anderson, Cahill, etc.)
AL MOY: Bob Geren
NL MVP: Albert Pujols
NL Cy Young: Tim Lincecum
NL ROY: Jordan Schafer
NL MOY: Bobby Cox