The Detroit Tigers and free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder agreed to a nine-year deal worth $214 million, according to multiple reports.
The Rangers punched their ticket to the World Series for the second straight year, knocking out the Tigers in ALCS Game 6.
Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli, two relatively late bloomers, provided the offense and defense to put the Rangers one step closer to the World Series.
Doug Fister and Delmon Young weren't part of the Tigers' roster when the season began, but both will play key roles in Game 5 versus the Yankees and help decide whether Detroit's year continues.
Justin Verlander didn't have his no-hit stuff, but the Tigers' ace did what aces do -- grinded out eight innings and got a win when his team needed him.
Miguel Cabrera has had his issues, but one place he's never struggled is in the batter's box, and that was clear again in Game 2 of the ALDS as the Tigers beat the Yankees in the Bronx.
It was a wild and active offseason in the AL Central, and no team recognizes that the stakes were raised more than the Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers upgraded here, tweaked there, and when their offseason work was all done, the final portrait looks pretty appealing to those hoping for big things in Detroit.
Several noteworthy players are experiencing power shortages at the plate compared to 2009.
Some highly paid, underperforming players could find themselves on the move in August.
There are several hitters on contenders who've failed to produce to expectations and must pick up the pace in order to help their teams make the playoffs.
Johnny Damon eventually landed in Detroit this offseason, putting him right next to former teammate Austin Jackson, a touted prospect who will benefit from having Damon next to him in the clubhouse and behind him in the order.
The Tigers, one win away from a spot in the postseason, are fighting not only for themselves, but also for their city.
Led by the threesome of Rick Porcello, Justin Verlander and Edwin Jackson, the Tigers sit atop the American League Central and also have the AL's best ERA.
Several teams have experienced plot twists since spring training, as strengths have become weaknesses and vice versa.
With the Tigers, Indians, White Sox and Twins looking like contenders, the AL Central is shaping up to be baseball's toughest and deepest division.