Three reasons to watch the Tigers in 2015
| Rob Neyer
Rotowire: Mar 23 / 1:50p ET
News: Suarez was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Monday.
Impact: Suarez entered the spring with the possibility of winning a job as a utility infielder with the big league club, but it appears that he'll start the 2015 season in Triple-A. The 23-year-old slashed .242/.316/.336 in 85 games with the Tigers last season, and will likely see some time in the majors again this season.
Rotowire: Mar 11 / 7:50p ET
News: Suarez homered Wednesday in the Reds' spring training win over the Royals.
Impact: Suarez doesn't have much of a chance of dislodging Zack Cozart from the starting shortstop job, at least to begin the season. However, if Cozart struggles as badly at the plate as he did in 2014 and if the team isn't producing along with him, manager Bryan Price might not stay as patient and instead give Suarez at least a few spot starts.
Rotowire: Feb 28 / 2:06p ET
News: Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that there will be no competition at shortstop between Zack Cozart and Suarez during spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: The comments from Price cement Cozart into the starting job and put Suarez solely in the discussion for a utility role out of camp. Suarez has shown an ability to get on base and hit for some power in the upper levels of the minors, but apparently the team values Cozart's defense too much to think about removing him from the starting role at this point. That doesn't mean Suarez can't eventually supplant him, if Cozart's offensive struggles from a year ago carry over into the regular season.