Ten notes, thoughts, and items from five days of spring camp at Tigertown:

1. If anything, fans have probably underestimated how much more artillery the Tigers have added to manager Jim Leyland's batting order in 2013. Victor Martinez has replaced Delmon Young. Torii Hunter is wedged between Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera in the 1-2-3 spots. Alex Avila is probably your best bet for a bounce-back season. Andy Dirks hit .322 last year. Omar Infante, who was in Detroit for only three months in 2012, is the Tigers' everyday second baseman. It should lead to big innings of the kind Leyland's gang simply couldn't concoct in 2012.

2. I still see a Tigers trade ahead of Opening Day, very likely a multi-player biggie. Rick Porcello isn't going to the bullpen. Drew Smyly isn't going to Toledo. Unless injuries crop up, the Tigers will trade a starter. And that starter will almost certainly be Porcello.

3. National media knew little of Bruce Rondon ahead of spring camp and couldn't believe the Tigers would invade Florida minus a name-brand closer. But now they're catching on. Rondon is Lakeland's hot national story. And as they become acquainted with his arm and with his background, national scribes are picking up on why normally conservative GM Dave Dombrowski is fine with Rondon and his back-end cast.

4. That doesn't mean Rondon will be flying solo, at least immediately. The Tigers are quietly constructing an escape hatch should the pressure build to a scary level for a 22-year-old pitcher. They could choose to pick spots early in Rondon's big-league baptism. They could use Phil Coke, or Octavio Dotel, or Joaquin Benoit in a tight game or two as Rondon gets accustomed to life on the big stage. It's an option, although at the moment, it appears they'll ride with the kid closer.