The details of the new bonus pool system for the 2017-18 July 2 class of international prospects has been reported by Baseball America’s Ben Badler, who provides a recap of how the July 2 market has been altered under the new collective bargaining agreement. All teams have been assigned bonus pools of either $5.75MM, $5.25MM or $4.75MM, based on their revenues and market size...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
13 hours ago
With a day and a half to go before teams return home from the Winter Meetings, lefty reliever Justin Wilson might be the most attractive Tigers pitcher on the market.
22 hours ago
If anybody thought Chris Sale's trade to Boston could impact the trade market for another AL Central ace, general manager Al Avila indicated Justin Verlander probably won't see any effect.
23 hours ago
Brad Ausmus did not sound like a manager facing a rebuilding task as he took his spot in front of the cameras at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday. Instead, the Tigers skipper is planning for 2017 with the team he has now.
23 hours ago
Lack of quality free agents, and a general unwillingness to trade prospects may open an opportunity to move some dead weight. The Detroit Tigers have too many pitchers right now. More precisely, they have too many mediocre pitchers without options. At the same time, teams in need of starting pitching are faced with the worst crop of available free agents in recent memory. This may...
Via Bless You Boys
1 day ago
A couple of injury-filled seasons will drive down the outfielder’s price tag. With the Detroit Tigers it is impossible to rule out any sort of surprise move, but any blockbuster this offseason will probably see star players leaving the team instead of coming to the Motor City. Instead, if the Tigers want to compete, they will have to do so with smart, low-budget options that may...
Via Bless You Boys
2 days ago
With a thin free agent market and undecided CF position, the Tigers could look to a familiar name for a little stability at the position. In a move that now feels like a lifetime ago, the Detroit Tigers traded Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels for some guy whose name we will most likely need the assistance of Google to remember on Opening Day. The trade left center field as...
Via Bless You Boys
2 days ago
It's for system writeups such as these that I save the high end scotch and vials of liquid acid. It's not only because the Tigers farm system is so barren, but because I can see my future as a Red Sox fan flash before my eyes. Here's to hoping Mr. Dombrowski, not scorching the earth of the Sawx farm the way he did the Tigers. With Detroit in full sell-mode, this could be one of the...
TOKYO (AP) Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million. The Giants announced the signing on their official website on Sunday. McGehee played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2016 posting a .228 batting average. This will be McGehee's second stint in Japan. In 2013, he batted .292...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago | Discuss
Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports The Tigers are in transition which seems to have come very apparent to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Speaking to a group of reporters at his Miggyball charity event in Maracay, Venezuela, the Tigers’ slugger told reporters (in Spanish) that he “love(s) playing in Detroit” but the “doors are open” to a trade. Via Evan Woodbery of Mlive: ...
Via The Majors Detroit
4 days ago
The Detroit Tigers added starting pitching prospect Sandy Baez to their 40-man roster, saving him from Rule-5 Draft next month. The Rule-5 Draft was created to keep teams from having too many minor league players in their farm system when other major league teams would play them on their team. The Tigers saved Baez from that draft by adding him to the 40-man roster. Baez is 23-years...
Dear God, Erick Aybar? Erick Aybar. This is what we have come to. Yes, the free agent market—outside of a couple power bats—is bleak. And no position appears to be bleaker than shortstop. One thing we can definitively state about these following names is that they possess the ability to play multiple infield positions. That could be it. But don’t take my word for it. Aybar...
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander got screwed out of winning the AL CY Young this year. Nevermind wins and losses — Verlander got very little run support — look at the stats, and it’s clear he should’ve won. The Tigers ace even got the most first-place votes, yet somehow didn’t win! Well, Verlander’s fiancee, Kate Upton, was not happy about it, and she went on one...
Rick Porcello won the A.L. Cy Young Award on Wednesday by beating out Justin Verlander, who got significantly more first-place votes than the Boston Red Sox ace. How does Verlander’s fiancee feel about that? Not good. Not good at all. After the results were announced, Kate Upton took to Twitter to unload on Porcello and the voters: Upton then retweeted some stats that Verlander’s...
Suddenly in the market for a starting second baseman, the Los Angeles Dodgers are showing interest in a certain four-time All-Star. According to a report by Jon Morosi of MLB Network on Wednesday, the Dodgers and the Detroit Tigers have been in contact regarding the possibility of an Ian Kinsler trade (though Kinsler does possess a partial no-trade clause). Kinsler, 34, enjoyed...
Well, the Detroit Tigers are 1 for 1 when it comes to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Awards this season. On Monday night, Tigers rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer won the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year award for the American League. Over in the National League, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager took home the honors for the Rookie of Year Award. Fulmer won the voting...
It is hot stove season for the Detroit Tigers. Five big name players could potentially be traded with several more also being shopped around the block. Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez appear most likely to be dealt but Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Victor Martinez are potentially on the table and even Anibal Sanchez, Mike Pelfrey and Francisco Rodriguez are likely to be discussed...
In baseball, it may not be possible to have too much of a good thing when it comes to quantity of elite-level players. The sport is, almost by definition, at its best when great players face off against one another. If there’s a problem with a strong collection of elite talent, though, it’s that truly great players can get overlooked. It’s hard to distinguish oneself when surrounded...
Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer kept a high-profile as an AL Rookie of the Year candidate in 2016, but in the off-season, he’s taken a blue-collar approach to work. In an excellent feature from Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, Fulmer’s unlikely offseason job as a part-time plumber is profiled. Fulmer is working his second offseason in the profession under the...
The Detroit Tigers find themselves at a crossroads as this offseason begins. With players like Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander — stars who can still contribute but who are on the wrong side of 30 — the Tigers’ window for contention with this group is closing. Ian Kinsler is another player who’s bound to experience age-related decline. Meanwhile, outfielder J.D. Martinez...
The champagne has not even dried in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and we already have the first trade of the offseason. According to multiple media reports, the Los Angeles Angels have acquired veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for pitching prospect Victor Alcantara. The Tigers will receive a right-handed pitcher...
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