Tigers Rumors & News

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • How rapidly shrinking Detroit Tigers payroll could speed rebuild

    Michigan Live "The crowds have been smaller than usual during a miserable September for the Detroit Tigers, the first painful glimpse of the bad baseball still to come as the team embarks on a complete rebuilding. Outgoing manager Brad Ausmus said he knows fans will be tested in 2018 after more than a decade..." September 25

  • Tigers' Miguel Cabrera has 2 herniated disks; treatment plan undetermined

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has two herniated disks in his back but might still play again this season, manager Brad Ausmus said. Cabrera underwent an MRI on Sunday after leaving Saturday's game in the first inning with lower back pain. Ausmus said the MRI showed two..." September 24

  • Six candidates to replace Brad Ausmus as Detroit Tigers manager

    Sporting News "Brad Ausmus is out as the manager of Detroit’s baseball club, and the only mild surprises about that announcement are that the Tigers didn’t wait until the end of the season to officially make the move, and that Ausmus will finish out the season as the skipper. About 15 seconds after digesting..." September 23

  • Brad Ausmus Ousted As Detroit Tigers Manager

    CBS Detroit "The Detroit Tigers ousted manager Brad Ausmus Friday afternoon in a move that, like most things, happened slowly — and then suddenly. The news started as a hint on Twitter when an assignment editor at a local television station said the team had invited media down for an impromptu presser. The..." September 22

  • No neck pain leaves Zimmermann with dash of optimism

    Detroit News "All he and the Tigers can do is hope. They hope those neck demons flee during the coming offseason. They hope he can heal, fully, ahead of February and the start of spring camp. They hope, most of all, that a man only 31 years old, with a sterling past and three years to go on his Tigers..." September 22

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Even Brad Ausmus Thinks the Detroit Tigers Are Going To Fire Brad Ausmus

    SI "From his time as a major league catcher to his current job as manager of the Detroit Tigers, Brad Ausmus established himself as one of the wittier and more refreshing interviews across baseball. In 2009, when asked if he considered signing with a new team to start instead of backing up for the Los..." September 20

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Miguel Cabrera exits game with lower back tightness

    Hardball Talk "Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera left Saturday’s game with another case of lower back tightness, the team announced. It’s the fifth time the veteran slugger has been sidelined with back pain this season and very well could be the last, though he’s expected to be day-to-day for the time..." September 17

  • Ausmus refuses to shut down Miggy over back issues

    MLB.com "Miguel Cabrera was out of the Tigers lineup for Sunday's series finale against the White Sox after leaving Saturday's game with lower back tightness. However, the team has no plans to shut down Cabrera for the stretch run with the team out of contention. It's a question that has popped up more..." September 17

  • Tigers acquire Elvin Rodriguez from Angels

    Hardball Talk "The Angels completed their trade for outfielder Justin Upton on Friday, sending right-handed pitching prospect Elvin Rodriguez to the Tigers. The Tigers also received right-hander Grayson Long in the deal. Rodriguez, 19, was ranked No. 22 in the Angels’ system by MLB Pipeline. He spent the bulk..." September 16

  • MLB Determines Tigers Did Not Intentionally Plunk Umpire With Pitch

    SI "Did the Tigers intentionally hit an umpire with a pitch after he booted manager Brad Ausmus and catcher James McCann from a game? That's the question before MLB, which according to the Associated Press is reviewing the whole situation to see if Detroit pulled some shenanigans on umpire Quinn..." September 15

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • MLB investigating whether the Tigers hit umpire Quinn Wolcott on purpose

    Hardball Talk "On Wednesday afternoon, during the Tigers-Indians game, home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott ejected Tigers catcher James McCann and then ejected manager Brad Ausmus over their arguing of balls and strikes. At one point the argument got a bit pointed, with Ausmus suggesting that Wolcott was caught up..." September 15

  • Tigers’ Romine might get to play 9 positions in a game

    Detroit News "One of those baseball novelties for which September is known appears headed for Comerica Park. Andrew Romine is about to get a shot at playing all nine positions in one game. He has worked them all in his big-league years, most of which have been spent with the Tigers. All, that is, except..." September 15

  • Brad Ausmus rips Indians broadcasters for insinuating Tigers intentionally hit umpire

    Larry Brown Sports "Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is not happy that the Cleveland Indians’ television broadcast implied that his team conspired to intentionally hit an umpire with a pitch. In the third inning of Detroit’s 5-3 loss to Cleveland on Wednesday, Ausmus and catcher James McCann were both ejected by..." September 14

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Tigers' Michael Fulmer to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer will undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday to repair the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. The recovery time is three to four months and Fulmer is expected to be fully healthy for spring training, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. Fulmer traveled to..." September 11

  • V-Mart likely doesn’t fit in Tigers’ DH plans

    Detroit News "Victor Martinez soon will have heart surgery and is gone from the Tigers lineup, for the remainder of 2017. In a purely baseball sense, it’s difficult to see that a team will have missed him. For these reasons. Batting average: .255. On-base percentage: .324. Slugging percentage: 372. He has..." September 07

  • No guarantees neck injection will work for Zimmermann

    Detroit News "In one sense, Jordan Zimmermann knows what to expect Thursday when he meets with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas. He is expecting to get the same nerve-blocking injection he got last November, which almost miraculously took away the pain in his neck that had ruined his season in..." September 06

  • Zimmermann to miss start, maybe more, with neck pain

    Detroit News "Jordan Zimmermann kept saying he felt fine; but he really wasn’t. Especially in his last two starts. The pain in his neck that vexed him nearly all last season has returned with a vengeance, and it will shut him down for at least one start, and very possibly for the rest of this season. “The..." September 04

  • GM Al Avila: Brad Ausmus could return as Detroit Tigers manager

    Detroit Free Press "It’s logical to think a decision has been made on Brad Ausmus’ future as Detroit Tigers manager. With the team far out of postseason contention and recently stripped of two of its best players, general manager Al Avila’s decision to bring him back likely won’t hinge on what will be a lost..." September 04

  • Ian Kinsler wants to be back in 2018, but not sure if Tigers want him

    Michigan Live "Asked to reminisce about Justin Upton, his teammate, friend and clubhouse neighbor who was recently traded away to the Los Angeles Angels, Ian Kinsler quickly changed the conversation from past to present tense. "He's not part of this team, but he didn't die," said Kinsler, before advising the..." September 03

  • Tigers' Fulmer to miss time with recurring hand numbness

    Detroit Free Press "On a day in which the Detroit Tigers’ future became clear, the future of their most important pitcher became unclear. Michael Fulmer will miss at least two starts and perhaps the remainder of the season after a recurrence of ulnar neuritis in his right elbow, manager Brad Ausmus said after the..." September 02

  • Tigers' Martinez to undergo heart surgery, miss remainder of season

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez will undergo a heart cardiac procedure and miss the rest of the 2017 season, the team announced Saturday. Martinez, 38, plans to be fully healthy by spring training and did not consider ending his baseball career, manager Brad Ausmus..." September 02

  • Miguel Cabrera will start serving 6-game suspension for sparking brawl

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera will begin serving a six-game suspension Saturday for his role in sparking a massive brawl eight days ago against the New York Yankees. Cabrera's suspension was reduced from seven games after an appeal. Additionally, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus (one..." September 02

  • Verlander wanted trade to Cubs before Astros deal

    CSN Chicago "As the clock struck midnight out on the East Coast to signal Major League Baseball's waiver trade deadline, Justin Verlander didn't turn into a pumpkin. He turned into a Houston Astro. Though it sounds like he wanted to turn into a Cub. Yes, the biggest name traded before time ran out on the..." September 01

  • Tigers trade Justin Verlander to Houston Astros

    Detroit Free Press "It was the deal that had to happen, a match made in heaven for two organizations trending in much different directions. At approximately 11:59 p.m. on Thursday night, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander was traded to the Houston Astros for three prospects, according to multiple persons with..." September 01

  • Justin Verlander felt fatigue in his trapezius muscle

    Hardball Talk "Tigers starter Justin Verlander continued to pitch well, tossing six effective innings in Wednesday afternoon’s 6-2 win against the Rockies. He was only able to go six innings, however, and said he felt fatigue in his trapezius muscle, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Verlander thinks it..." August 31

  • Angels close to a trade that will land Justin Upton from the Tigers

    CBS Sports "The Angels are close to acquiring power-hitting outfielder Justin Upton in a trade from the Tigers, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Several other reports have since confirmed the news, so we should expect an announcement from the teams soon." August 31

  • Tigers In “Active Discussions” On Justin Verlander Trade Possibilities

    MLB Trade Rumors "2:29pm: While Detroit is indeed asking around about Verlander trades, FanRag’s Jon Heyman tweets that a trade of Verlander remains “possible but not probable.” As of yesterday, Tigers brass was reportedly not optimistic about reaching a deal for Verlander. 1:49pm: The Tigers are in “active..." August 31

  • Angels acquire Justin Upton from Tigers; Cameron Maybin headed to Astros

    USA Today "The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels have agreed to the parameters of a deal that would send outfielder Justin Upton from the Motor City to Anaheim, according to two baseball officials with direct knowledge of the trade talks. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity..." August 31

  • Justin Verlander Reportedly Not Expected to Be Traded Before Deadline

    Bleacher Report "With Major League Baseball's waiver trade deadline on Aug. 31, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is reportedly unlikely to be dealt. Per USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Tigers "believe it's highly unlikely" Verlander will be traded before Thursday's deadline. MLB Network's Jon..." August 30

  • Miguel Cabrera might have back problems ‘rest of his career’

    Detroit News "Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that Miguel Cabrera’s chronic back problems could be an issue during his remaining years in Detroit. “Quite frankly, I think he’s going to have to deal with it the rest of his career,” Ausmus said Tuesday after holding out Cabrera for an evening game..." August 30

  • Astros, Mystery Team Pursuing Tigers’ Justin Verlander

    NESN "The Major League Baseball season has reached the stretch run, and teams still have a short amount of time to add keys players that can help them clinch their spot in the postseason. Justin Verlander is by far the most intriguing name out there, and he just might be moved before the Aug. 31..." August 30

  • Giants reportedly interested in Justin Upton

    Larry Brown Sports "The Detroit Tigers have given consideration to cleaning house, and the San Francisco Giants have interest in one of their players. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says the Giants are interested in Justin Upton, whom the Tigers are considering trading. As Morosi says, the issue is that Upton has an..." August 30

  • Umpire Mike Everitt was knocked out of a game by a warmup pitch

    Hardball Talk "Home plate umpire Mike Everitt left last night’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Colorado Rockies in the middle of the first inning after being hit by a warmup pitch from Tigers starter Michael Fulmer. One of Fulmer’s pitches got past Tigers catcher James McCann and hit Everitt in the what..." August 30

  • Tigers' Martinez hits DL with irregular heartbeat again

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers placed designated hitter Victor Martinez on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with an irregular heartbeat. He spent 12 days on the DL in June with a similar ailment. Martinez played in both games this weekend against the White Sox, so it's not clear what prompted the heart..." August 27

  • Tigers will monitor James McCann for concussion after beaning, home plate collision

    Detroit News "You couldn’t blame James McCann if he felt a little punch-drunk. He’s taken a beating the last couple of games. He was beaned by a 98-mph pitch from Dellin Betances on Thursday. Then on Friday night, took a shot to the neck and head in a home plate collision with White Sox Yolmer..." August 27

  • Ausmus: Gardner looked like he 'wanted to strangle me' during brawl

    Detroit Free Press "The most interesting subplot of Thursday afternoon’s series of events – the brawl and the beanballs and the benches clearing – was not the Detroit Tigers against the Yankees or Miguel Cabrera against Andrew Romine’s brother, but manager Brad Ausmus against outfielder Brett Gardner. “I still..." August 26

  • Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez seem to have quickly quashed their feud

    Michigan Live "Hours after quarreling in the dugout, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and Victor Martinez were playing cards together on the team's chartered plane to Chicago. That's according to manager Brad Ausmus, who said he didn't even discuss the incident with the players because it was patched..." August 26

  • Miguel Cabrera, Gary Sanchez, Austin Romine Suspended for Yankees-Tigers Brawl

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball handed out five suspensions Friday stemming from Thursday's brawl between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers. According to MLB Communications on Twitter, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera was suspended seven games, pitcher Alex Wilson was suspended four games and..." August 25

  • Miggy irate Judge escaped suspension: He tried to hit me on the floor

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera was suspended for seven games after setting off a series of brawls in Thursday's game against the New York Yankees. Major League Baseball issued the penalties on Friday afternoon. Also suspended were Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson (four games), Tigers manager..." August 25

  • Miguel Cabrera to Gary Sanchez: At least fight me face-to-face

    New York Post "The main event of this overloaded fight card occurred right at home plate Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park. It starred a slam-dunk Hall of Famer, a guy who already has Yankees fans fantasizing about his own day in Cooperstown and a man whose family treats baseball the way western Pennsylvania..." August 25