Former closer Matt Mantei was one of 21 players invited to Tigers spring training this February as he continues his attempt at a comeback. The former Diamondback hopes to make an impact this spring after a couple of years off and while it’s not expected that he’ll make the team, it’ll be interesting to see if he can get anything done this spring to secure at least a spot at Toledo. Timo Perez and Aquilino Lopez were also given an invitation as were a variety of other minor leaguers.
Jason Beck addressed Dontrelle Willis’ spot in the rotation and I like his answer. The whole rotation order is a bit overrated and if the five starter does his job, he’s going to log as many innings as the number one starter. It all comes down to production and if Willis can get the job done, he’ll get his time out on the mound regardless as to whether he gets the ball in the fourth Tigers game or the second.