Dec 2 5:52p
Following Monday's trade of Doug Fister, Smyly should have an inside track at a spot in the Tigers rotation.
Smyly started his career with the Tigers as a starter, but he was forced into a bullpen role since mid-2012. In 18 starts as a rookie, Smyly went 4-3 with a 3.79 ERA and 88:26 K:BB ratio in 95 innings. He's pitched even better as a relief pitcher and displayed steady growth throughout the 2013 season. The 24-year-old lefty has immediate mixed-league upside if he sticks in the rotation.