Tigers Rumors & News

  • Francisco Rodriguez hopes to keep pitching

    Fanrag Sports "Currently an unrestricted free agent, sources tell FanRag Sports that relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez is hoping to find a new team in order to keep pitching. A six-time All-Star, Rodriguez spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the Detroit Tigers. Last season he appeared in 28 games, going 2-5..." December 12

  • After last week's signings, are Tigers done with free-agent shopping?

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have signed more Major League free agents in the last week than they did all last winter. They've signed more players to Major League contracts -- three -- than nearly any other club. So does that mean, as the annual winter meetings open this week at Walt Disney World,..." December 11

  • Tigers reportedly sign veteran pitcher Mike Fiers to 1-year deal

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have reached a one-year deal with veteran right-handed starter Mike Fiers, ESPN reported late Thursday. Fiers has pitched seven years in the big leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros. Last year in Houston, he went 8-10 with a 5.22 ERA. He struck out 146 and..." December 08

  • Tigers considering SPs Chris Tillman, Mike Fiers

    Detroit News "Tigers general manager Al Avila already has made his intentions known throughout the baseball community: He is open for business. And he may not wait for the Winter Meetings, which get under way Monday at Disney World, to start dealing. Avila and his staff have been hunting for veteran..." December 07

  • Tigers sign Leonys Martin to add left-handed bat to outfield

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have signed left-handed hitting outfielder Leonys Martin to a Major League contract. The team announced the signing of the 29-year-old native of Cuba on Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers also announced or confirmed several minor-league signings: right-handed pitcher Enrique..." December 05

  • Pitching help remains atop Tigers’ to-do list

    Detroit News "What the Tigers know, for certain, 10 days before baseball’s Winter Meetings convene at Disney World, are their shopping specifics. Although general manager Al Avila isn’t offering details, a person familiar with their business agenda, and who asked not to be identified, said the Tigers are..." November 30

  • Tigers avoid arbitration with lefty reliever Blaine Hardy

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers entered the winter with 10 arbitration-eligible players. Now they have six. The latest to be taken off the list is veteran left-handed reliever Blaine Hardy, who agreed to a one-year deal to bypass arbitration. He was projected to make $800,000 in arbitration and his contract..." November 28

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Trading Jordan Zimmermann might not be best move now

    Detroit News "Jordan Zimmermann is probably untradeable. Probably. But it might be for the best. First let’s talk a bit about the past. A little more than four years ago the same statement could have been said of Prince Fielder, fresh off a disappointing performance in 2013 and coupled with comments that..." November 27

  • Tigers avoid arbitration with Blaine Hardy

    Hardball Talk "The Tigers avoided arbitration with reliever Blaine Hardy and signed the left-hander to a one-year deal, per a team announcement on Saturday. This is Hardy’s first year of arbitration eligibility. The exact terms of the deal have yet to be publicized. The 30-year-old lefty completed his fourth..." November 25

  • Could Ian Kinsler be in the mix for job with Red Sox?

    Boston Herald "The names that were being thrown around in Orlando last week, when president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was asked about Dustin Pedroia’s replacement options, might have been palatable if the Red Sox were a mid-market team not in dire need of offensive potency. But it’s tougher to..." November 23

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Tigers discussing Ian Kinsler trade with ‘multiple clubs’

    Detroit News "The DetroitTigers, big-time sellers for the better part of a year, continue to have trade talks. A source with knowledge of the Tigers discussions said Monday night they are discussing with “multiple clubs” a possible deal for veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler. Jon Paul Morosi of mlb.com..." November 21

  • Mets engage in preliminary trade talks with Tigers regarding Ian Kinsler

    New York Daily News "The Mets have talked to the Tigers about second baseman Ian Kinsler, an industry source confirmed. The talks were described as “preliminary” and doing their “due diligence,” the source said, confirming a report by MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. The Tigers have also had talks with the Angels about..." November 21

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Tigers sign Edwin Espinal to minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "Free agent first baseman Edwin Espinal has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, the infielder announced Saturday. The move has yet to be confirmed by the team. Espinal, 23, capped a seven-year run with the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2017. He split his season between Double-A..." November 19

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Miguel Cabrera is going to be in The Best Shape of His Life

    Hardball Talk "Miguel Cabrera is coming off his worse year as a major leaguer. While it’s possible that, after 15 seasons, the future Hall of Famer is finally entering a decline phase, the steep falloff in production he experienced was due far more to his health than to his age and the miles on the..." November 15

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Tigers Pitching Coach Sees Jake Arrieta In Jordan Zimmermann

    CBS Detroit "Chris Bosio’s most immediate and most daunting challenge with the Tigers will be salvaging a failed investment: Jordan Zimmermann. Detroit’s new pitching coach may be just the man for the job. Bosio is credited with helping Jake Arrieta turn his career around when the Cubs acquired him from..." November 08

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Doug Mientkiewicz will manage Tigers affiliate Toledo Mud Hens

    Detroit News "Two weeks after they made Ron Gardenhire their new big-league manager, the Tigers chose another skipper with Twins lineage, Doug Mientkiewicz, as their man at Triple A Toledo. Mientkiewicz, 43, will oversee the Mud Hens in 2018 and become the Tigers’ most direct link to assessing and endorsing..." November 07

  • Tigers name their new coaching staff

    Hardball Talk "We know the Tigers hired Ron Gardenhire to be their new manager and it’s been reported for a week that former Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio would be hired to be their pitching coach, but the club made it all official yesterday, formally naming Bosio and naming the rest of the coaching staff for..." November 03

  • Tigers utility man Andrew Romine claimed on waivers by Mariners

    Michigan Live "Andrew Romine played all nine positions in what turned out to be his final game as a Detroit Tiger. The veteran utility man was claimed by the Seattle Mariners on Thursday after being placed on waivers by the Tigers. The Tigers waived four others players who went unclaimed and were then..." November 02

  • Tigers Decline Anibal Sanchez’s Option, Outright Four Players

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers announced that they have formally declined their $16MM club option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez, opting instead for a $5MM buyout. Additionally, the Tigers announced that right-hander Jeff Ferrell and outfielders Tyler Collins, Jim Adduci and Alex Presley have been outrighted off the..." November 02

  • Tigers to hire Ramon Santiago as first base coach, report says

    Michigan Live "Ramon Santiago, who spent 10 years with the Detroit Tigers, mainly as a utility infielder, will return to serve as the team's first base coach under new manager Ron Gardenhire. Writer Danny Knobler posted the news on his Facebook account. "I'm very excited, really happy," Santiago told..." November 01

  • Tigers Hire Joe Vavra

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have hired Joe Vavra to join the staff of new skipper Ron Gardenhire, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reports. Vavra had been employed as the bench coach with the Twins but will become “quality control coach” in his new job, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free-Press (via..." October 31

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Al Avila: Tigers will shop bargain bin for free agents this winter

    Michigan Live "Two winters ago, Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila had a blank check to pursue free agents to bolster the club for another run at a World Series. He spent more than $250 million, mostly on Jordan Zimmermann and Justin Upton. He also added role players like Mike Pelfrey, Mark Lowe and Mike..." October 23

  • Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

    Fanrag Sports "The Detroit Tigers continue to purge a flawed, aging roster that provided the team its worst regular-season finish since 2002. As a result, management has decided to decline the club option on veteran pitcher Anibal Sanchez for next season, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free..." October 20

  • Ron Gardenhire to be next Tigers manager, pending completion of contract

    The Athletic "The Detroit Tigers have identified Ron Gardenhire as the manager they wish to hire, pending the completion of a contract, Major League sources told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The 59-year-old Gardenhire, who spent the 2017 season as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, would bring..." October 19

  • Tigers manager search: Ron Gardenhire in town for interview

    Detroit Free Press "Ron Gardenhire was at Comerica Park on Tuesday afternoon. The former longtime Minnesota Twins manager, who opposed the Detroit Tigers for 13 years in the American League Central Division, was in Detroit interviewing with general manager Al Avila for the team’s managerial opening, according to a..." October 18

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Former Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez reportedly the favorite for Tigers job

    CBS Sports "The Detroit Tigers are one of a few teams seeking a new manager. However, if reports are to be believed, then their next skipper might be a familiar face. That's because former Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins headman Fredi Gonzalez is the favorite for the job, according to Fanrag Sports' John..." October 15

  • Astros acquire Juan Ramirez to complete Justin Verlander trade

    Hardball Talk "The Tigers sent minor league outfield prospect Juan Ramirez to the Astros on Friday night, per a team announcement. The move completes the trade that also sent Justin Verlander to Houston in August. As it stands now, the Astros received Verlander (with a $16 million salary discount) and Ramirez..." October 14

  • Florida woman hits Miguel Cabrera with child-support suit

    Detroit News "Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is being sued by a Florida woman who says the two-time Most Valuable Player isn’t paying enough to support two children he fathered with her, setting up a legal showdown that could cost the superstar more than $100,000 a month. The allegations are contained..." October 14

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Ruben Amaro on Tigers radar for manager opening

    Fanrag Sports "Ruben Amaro, the former Philadelphia Phillies GM who’s been Boston’s first-base coach the last two years, is on the Detroit Tigers list of managerial candidates, sources say. This would be a somewhat unusual hired, but it’s an interesting choice. People close to Amaro say he’s been very much..." October 12

  • Phillies, Tigers reportedly interested in hiring former Marlins manager Mike Redmond

    Fanrag Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies have joined the Detroit Tigers with interest in former Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who currently serves as a coach with the Colorado Rockies. Redmond’s link to Tigers GM Al Avila makes him a natural fit for Detroit, but he has a good rep in the game, and nobody..." October 08

  • Retired manager Jim Leyland plans to stay that way

    Fanrag Sports "Future Hall of Fame manager Jim Leyland isn’t coming back to manage — no matter how nicely anyone asks, and no matter who calls. With speculation already percolating about the Red Sox and their manager John Farrell should he/they suffer a second straight quick exit from the postseason, I..." October 07

  • Trade to Houston Astros pays off for ex-Tigers ace Justin Verlander

    Detroit Free Press "Justin Verlander paced in the living room of his apartment in downtown Birmingham. He was agitated, anxiously mulling his options. Kate Upton, his supermodel fiancée, was with him as he repeated: “Trust your instincts. Trust your instincts.” Verlander, the Tigers’ longtime ace right-hander,..." October 06

  • Detroit Tigers manager search: Ron Gardenhire, Fredi Gonzalez, others to interview

    Detroit Free Press "It is early in the Tigers’ managerial search. But just a few days into the off-season, general manager Al Avila has already begun the interview process. Last weekend in Minneapolis, he interviewed internal candidates Dave Clark and Omar Vizquel and this week, began interviewing and scheduling..." October 06

  • Tigers to interview Fredi Gonzalez for their managerial opening

    Hardball Talk "Katie Strang of The Athletic reports that the Tigers will interview Fredi Gonzalez for their managerial vacancy on Thursday. Gonzalez served as the Marlins third base coach this past year. Before that he managed the Braves for five full seasons and part of a sixth and the Marlins for three..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Tigers' Andrew Romine fifth player to play all nine positions in one game

    CBS Sports "Utility player history was made Saturday night at Target Field. Andrew Romine, a reserve player for the Detroit Tigers, became the fifth player in baseball history to play all nine positions in his team's win over the Minnesota Twins (DET 3, MIN 2). Manager Brad Ausmus Romine would play all..." October 01

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29