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Tigers trying to make the best of tough rebuilding process

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  • FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers baseball team's new manager Ron Gardenhire wears a Tigers hat after an introductory press conference at Comerica Park in Detroit. Detroit hired Gardenhire to replace Brad Ausmus, but aside from that, the Tigers didn’t have a particularly compelling offseason. (Robin Buckson/Detroit News via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers baseball team's new manager Ron Gardenhire wears a Tigers hat after an introductory press conference at Comerica Park in Detroit. Detroit hired Gardenhire to replace Brad Ausmus, but aside from that, the Tigers didn’t have a particularly compelling offseason. (Robin Buckson/Detroit News via AP, File)
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  • FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera runs to first on a single during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Detroit.  Cabrera is the team's lone superstar who is still around, and he’s coming off the worst season of his career. His big contract may keep him in Detroit for a while.

    FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera runs to first on a single during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Detroit. Cabrera is the team's lone superstar who is still around, and he’s coming off the worst season of his career. His big contract may keep him in Detroit for a while.
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  • FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez prepares for an at-bat during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. Martinez is entering the final season of his contract, so this could be the end of a distinguished run in Detroit for the steady designated hitter.

    FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez prepares for an at-bat during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. Martinez is entering the final season of his contract, so this could be the end of a distinguished run in Detroit for the steady designated hitter.
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  • FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Tigers general manager Al Avila says right-hander Michael Fulmer is expected to be at full strength at spring training.

    FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Tigers general manager Al Avila says right-hander Michael Fulmer is expected to be at full strength at spring training.
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The Detroit Tigers come into 2018 with low expectations, now that the bill has come due after years of win-now aggressiveness

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