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Detroit Tigers Offseason: Highs And Lows

 It was an interesting offseason for the Tigers to say the least. They added a couple of players, and lost some. But after getting the swept out of the Wild Card round by the Baltimore Orioles, there were a lot of questions around this organization. Amidst all these questions, did they really have an offseason that one could say they took a step forward? It’s an issue worth analyzing...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Keith Law ranks the Tigers’ farm system dead last

So how bad is the Tigers’ farm system? Pretty damn bad if you ask Keith Law…. In his latest set of rankings for Major League farm systems, Law not only had the Tigers outside the top 15, he had them dead last in all of baseball. My ranking of all 30 MLB farm systems is now up for Insiders: — keithlaw (@keithlaw) January 28, 2015 Here’s what he had...
Via The Majors Detroit
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #96: Ian Kinsler | 2B | DET

Doesn’t it feel like Ian Kinsler’s older than 32? A consistently productive player who’s arguably had just one down season in his nine-year career — 2010, and it wasn’t that down —  I just keep waiting for that fall-off-the-cliff year. Honestly, I don’t really know why I keep waiting for it. All he does each season is top 700 PA, score 100 runs, tally at least 70...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: two shaky keys to an improved bullpen

Is it possible that the ultimate success of the 2015 Detroit Tigers bullpen rests largely on the impact provided by two guys who threw exactly zero pitches in 2014? It’s not only possible but it’s more than probable. GM Dave Dombrowski has brought in a slew of candidates to compete for playing time this year out of what will be a new-look bullpen. Back from 2014 with guaranteed...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

With Scherzer signed, should the Detroit Tigers go after James Shields?

With Max Scherzer now off the free agent market, there have been reports that the Detroit Tigers are looking at another free agent pitcher. This guy has World Series experience, has been a trusted veteran, and is asking for about half or even less than half of what Max Scherzer wanted. This guy’s name is James Shields and he would fit perfect with the Tigers. He is only asking...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers agree with right-hander Alburquerque on 1-year deal

  Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year contract. The Tigers announced the deal Sunday. The right-hander was the last Tigers player left in salary arbitration. The 28-year-old Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games last year for the AL Central champions. He made $837,500 last season and asked for $2.05 million this year...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Reliever Al Alburquerque, Tigers reach 1-year deal

DETROIT (AP) Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year contract. The Tigers announced the deal Sunday. The right-hander was the last Tigers player left in salary arbitration. The 28-year-old Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games last year for the AL Central champions. He made $837,500 last season and asked for $2.05 million...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer bids adieu to Detroit, Tigers fans

After unexpectedly signing with the Washington Nationals this week, former Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer said goodbye to Tigers fans and the city of Detroit with this full-page ad in the Detroit Free Press on Sunday. Max Scherzer thanks the #Tigers and their fans in a full-page ad in today's @freep. — Freep Sports (@freepsports) January 25, 2015 ...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: J.D. Martinez's Massive Back Squat as Michael Morse Distracts

Last week, Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez posted a video to his Instagram showing him executing a Back Squat with an impressive amount of weight. Miami Marlins 1B Michael Morse
Via Stack
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers fans make team feel loved at TigerFest

DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers fans know how to make the team feel good. Although the temperatures were fairly mild for this time of year in Detroit -- 35 degrees and not snowing -- the crowds had the Tigers raving. "I was talking about this with a bunch of players: I've been with a number of organizations, and been a part of their fan fests -- including the Detroit Tigers' -- and this...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers will try Alex Avila at first base

In the event that Miguel Cabrera isn’t ready for opening day, the Tigers are looking at backup options for first base which apparently include working out Alex Avila at the position during Spring Training according to Jon Morosi. Tigers plan for Alex Avila to work out at first base a little in spring training, in case Miguel Cabrera is not ready for Opening Day. — Jon Morosi...
Via The Majors Detroit
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers have new look, still expect to contend

DETROIT (AP) Despite making plenty of changes in the offseason, the Detroit Tigers still expect to be a contending team. Team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski spoke at the team's annual TigerFest event at Comerica Park and addressed those issues. ''Our expectations are to win the division and try to win a world championship,'' Dombrowski said. ''It's just a less-certain...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Healthy Davis still believes Tigers are contenders

DETROIT -- Rajai Davis did not have the first playoff experience he hoped for, personally or team-wise. Davis, 34, suffered a grade 1 pubic symphasis strain at the end of the regular season that severely limited him in the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles. Although he batted .333 in the three games, Davis was not his usual speedy self. But that's all behind him now, Davis said...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How Detroit Tigers Fans Will Remember Max Scherzer

Now that Max Scherzer has officially signed with the Washington Nationals and all the dust has settled, how will his time in Detroit be remembered by Tigers fans? 1. The Guy Edwin Jackson was Traded for. Scherzer was a involved in the trade that sent Curtis Granderson to New York and brought Scherzer, Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Daniel Schlereth to Detroit. Scherzer was acquired...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' Avila to try new mask this season

TOLEDO, OHIO -- Tigers catcher Alex Avila will have a new look this season. Before their appearance in Toledo with Mud Hens fans, manager Brad Ausmus said that Avila will wear a hockey-style catcher's mask this season. "I tried it my very first spring training in a bullpen one time," Avila said. "I didn't give it much of a chance. I'm very traditional. When I started catching, I...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander takes photo next to large stacks of money

Justin Verlander and the Tigers winter caravan stopped by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in Detroit (what?!) Thursday and visited a very large sum of money.  JV Instagram’ed a photo next to all of the cashola in the world. He claims they’re all one hundred dollar bills.  I claim he should offer to defer some of his contract so the Tigers can still add to the payroll this...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers are in a payroll hell they can't escape

It seemed like that the longer Max Scherzer’s free agency dragged on, the more likely it would be that he returned to the Detroit Tigers. Of course, it didn’t happen that way – Scherzer agreed to a staggering seven year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals earlier this week. While it might seem a little bit shocking that the Tigers didn’t get involved in the...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Tom Selleck has a history with baseball

A prime time powerhouse on the roster of Reagan Era television programs, “Magnum, P.I.” invokes images of Aloha shirts, a red Ferrari, and a Detroit Tigers baseball cap worn by the title character, Thomas Magnum. Tom Selleck played the character “with a shaggy charm that manages to cut through most of the cops and robbers blarney,” according to James Brown in the Dec. 11...
Via The Sports Post
11 days ago  |  Discuss

James Shields, The Detroit Tigers & The Bullpen

James Shields & David Price Now that Max Scherzer has signed on with the Washington Nationals, fans of the Detroit Tigers will look to see what will happen with another free agent pitcher, James Shields. There were reports last week that the agent of Shields was in contact with the Detroit Tigers. Whether or not that is true, it seems to make sense given the fact that the Tigers...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nats nearing seven-year deal with Max Scherzer

How’s this for an unexpected landing spot for Max Scherzer: the Washington Nationals? According to several media reports that began to trickle out on Sunday, Scherzer and the Nationals have mutual interest in one another, and the two parties are getting close on a seven-year contract. In fact, according to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore, the contract is “very close”...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera’s trophy case is better than yours (PHOTO)

Orlin Wagner/Associated Press Miguel Cabrera has re-discovered Instagram.  On Monday, Miggy posted a photo of his trophy case, likely from his Miami home. The headliners in his jam-packed shrine include: five Silver Slugger awards (up top), two American League MVP trophies (second shelf from the top), and his Triple Crown crown. Instagram [@officialmiggy24]
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
17 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Detroit Tigers

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Detroit Tigers. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Atlanta / Chicago […]
Via Fangraphs
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The best MLB free agent is still available

Despite a raucous string of events at the Winter Meetings—including deals for Jon Lester, Matt Kemp, Jimmy Rollins, and Yoenis Cespedes—the best player on the open market is still out there. After all the conspiring and proficient machinations on the part of Dodgers VP of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman were pelted out and echoed for days, it’s probably safe to say Max...
Via The Sports Post
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

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