VIERA, Fla. — As far as spring training matchups go, it doesn’t get a whole lot better than this: Stephen Strasburg vs.
Doug Fister pitched in a Mariners rotation that included Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. He pitched in a Tigers rotation that boasted Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer.
In signing Masahiro Tanaka, the New York Yankees are investing in what they hope is the perfect complement to C.C. Sabathia at the top of their rotation.
2013 record: 93-69, 1st place in AL Central
Manager: Brad Ausmus, 1st season
Estimated 2014 payroll: $158 million