The 2015 Detroit Tigers will once again enter this season with World Series aspirations. While free agent pitcher Max Scherzer ponders his options as a free agent, Detroit has begun building its roster for the 2015 season. Detroit started its offseason by trading for slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. In exchange, Detroit traded pitcher Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox. Cespedes fills the void left behind by free agent Torii Hunter and gives Tigers more right-handed power. Pitcher David Price, who was acquired in July, is set to enter his fourth and final year of arbitration before becoming a free agent next year. As long as Scherzer is a free agent, he’ll be linked to Detroit and other big market teams like the New York Yankees. All is quiet on the Scherzer front, but expect to change after New Year’s Day. With a star-studded cast of players in fold, fans expect to pay above average ticket prices as Detroit starts its march towards a long-coveted World Series championship.
Opening Day at Comerica Park will occur on April 6 when Detroit hosts the Minnesota Twins. Currently, the average ticket price for Opening Day is $221.46 while the get-in price is $128. Opening Day ticket prices for 2015 the highest ticket prices of the last five years. Opening Day in 2010 fetched an average ticket price of $176.55 while the get-in price is $109. Average ticket prices for Opening Day in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 were $167.43, $214.17, $201.43, and $162.80, respectively. The get-in prices for these games were $78, $124, $104, and $61, respectively.
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The World Series window may be starting to shut on Detroit. Detroit will need Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler to have strong seasons while a bounce back season from Justin Verlander is vital.