BIGGEST NEEDS: Veteran power arms at the back end of the bullpen are a priority, especially if the club fails to retain RHP Joaquin Benoit, who stepped in and did an outstanding job as the closer. A decision on next year's left fielder must be made.
DEPARTURES: 1B Prince Fielder (traded to Rangers), C Brayan Pena (free agent, signed with Reds)
FREE AGENTS: RHP Joaquin Benoit, RHP Jeremy Bonderman, RHP Octavio Dotel, 2B Omar Infante, SS/LF Jhonny Peralta, INF Ramon Santiago, RHP Jose Veras
Detroit would like to retain Benoit, but he may get better offers elsewhere. Infante is likely gone after the trade that brought in 2B Ian Kinsler. Dotel won't return and is expected to retire. Peralta doesn't fit and would be too expensive to be a backup. Santiago likely will be allowed to leave.
ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: RHP Al Alburquerque, C Alex Avila, OF Andy Dirks, RHP Doug Fister, CF Austin Jackson, OF Don Kelly, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Max Scherzer, INF Danny Worth
The Tigers probably will continue their record of not having had a player go to arbitration under GM Dave Dombrowski's leadership. It's possible Kelly and Worth would be dropped from the roster and asked to sign split minor league contracts with an invitation to major league spring training. That's how Kelly wound up returning to Detroit last year.
IN LIMBO: OF Andy Dirks, RHP Luke Putkonen, RHP Evan Reed, INF Danny Worth
--3B Miguel Cabrera (groin surgery in October 2013) should be fully recovered in time for spring training.
--RHP Luis Marte (right shoulder surgery in June 2013) has an uncertain status for next season.