The long-impending “great roster crunch” is nearly nigh, as the Detroit Tigers are expected to announce their 40-man roster on Wednesday. After a season that left the fanbase with many more questions than than in recent memory, they can expect to finally get some of the answers they yearn for when the roster is released. For a rebuilding team, these decisions can leave long-lasting ripples down the road if the wrong move is made.
Two things we learned, two things we are wondering
Evan Woodbery at MLive took a look at the questions surrounding the Tigers as the roster crunch takes form. While recent history has shown that the offseason hot-stove has been anything but hot, there are some pressing needs that warrant attention heading into the Winter Meetings.
First off, there is the catcher position, where the rookie tandem of Grayson Greiner and Jake Rogers — plus John Hicks and Bobby Wilson, who were not good — were underwhelming in their debut campaigns, at best. The Tigers will need to bring in a veteran presence to stabilize the position, as well as provide mentorship for the young catchers.
Another question is who will play shortstop on Opening Day. The team…