Tigers Rumors & News

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Norris: Tigers didn't ask me about domestic violence suspension before signing

    The Athletic "Two months ago, after announcing the team had signed catcher Derek Norris, who was suspended last season under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, the Tigers braced for the blowback. They openly admitted they knew criticism would follow. They knew the scrutiny they would incur...." February 15

  • Miguel Cabrera makes $30M a year, shorts kids on child support

    Detroit Free Press "Here's an idea: Maybe Miguel Cabrera should take care of all of his kids — the three he chose to have with wife Rosangel Cabrera, and the two he chose to have with Belkis Mariela Rodriguez, the woman with whom he had a long-term extramarital affair. Cabrera's a grown man whom one presumes..." February 15

  • Derek Norris has learned nothing from his domestic violence suspension

    Hardball Talk "Last year, then-Tampa Bay Ray catcher Derek Norris’ ex-fiancee alleged that Norris assaulted her. Her claim: after she found Norris on the phone with another woman, Norris approached her from behind and put her in a choke hold. When she tried to get away, he grabbed her by the back of her hair to..." February 14

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Mets reportedly considering signing OF Matt den Dekker

    SNY TV "The Mets are reportedly considering a reunion with OF Matt den Dekker, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post. The 30-year-old den Dekker, who plays all three outfield positions, appeared in four games last season for the Tigers after spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Nationals. He began..." February 13

  • Miguel Cabrera pampered ex-mistress with European trip, $5,000 kid birthday parties

    Detroit Free Press "While Miguel Cabrera and his ex-mistress continue to spar over child support, new court documents show the Detroit Tigers slugger has showered the woman with plenty of perks, including a trip to Europe with her two children, $5,000 kid birthday parties and a $9,000 Disney Cruise. This on top of..." February 13

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Tigers’ Zimmermann sees positive results from back injection

    Detroit News "Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann went back to Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas last week expecting to get another nerve-blocking injection in his neck. He needed two of them in the span of a year (one in November 2016, one in September) to relieve the pain and stiffness in his neck and..." February 12

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • Ex-Tigers P Phil Coke trying to make comeback as knuckleballer

    Larry Brown Sports "Former MLB pitcher Phil Coke is trying to make a comeback as a knuckleballer, according to a report. SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that Coke is trying to make a comeback and has impressed some teams with his knuckleball. Coke began his career with the Yankees. The lefty then was moved to..." February 05

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • Holland native, former Detroit Tiger Andy Van Hekken still wants to pitch

    Detroit Free Press "Andy Van Hekken is no stranger to the question. When he’s back home in Holland, Mich., and runs into old friends, they wonder: "Are you still playing? How long are you going to keep doing this?" Yes, Van Hekken — the left-hander who threw a complete game shutout in his Tigers debut way back..." February 03

  • White Sox To Sign Bruce Rondon

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox have agreed to sign right-hander Bruce Rondon to a minor league deal, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports (Twitter link). Rondon just turned 27 last month, and he has averaged an eye-popping 97.8 mph on his fastball over his 111 2/3 career Major League innings. Despite this..." February 02

  • Miggy facing child support lawsuit ahead of spring training

    Detroit Free Press "With spring training just weeks away, Detroit Tiger slugger Miguel Cabrera is battling a stubborn, legal migraine that's been lingering since last season: a paternity suit filed by an ex-mistress who is suing for more money. The woman claims Cabrera owes her more in child support and wants it..." February 02

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Sorting out Tigers bullpen will have feel of job fair

    Detroit News "There will be 31 pitchers reporting to Lakeland on Feb. 12; at least 20 of them could be candidates for one of six open bullpen jobs. This feels more like a job fair than the start of spring training, but that’s what you get when a new manager (Ron Gardenhire) and new pitching coach (Chris..." February 01

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Mike Fiers looks forward to ‘clean’ start with Tigers

    Detroit News "Tucked within numbers that offer insight into Mike Fiers pitching past is one revealing column from 2017. Walks. He put 62 batters on base, in 153.1 innings. “A lot last year,” said Fiers, a friendly right-handed pitcher and Florida native who grins easily, and who can laugh just as..." January 31

  • Healthy (for now), Jordan Zimmermann looks with optimism to brighter 2018

    Michigan Live "Two years ago, Jordan Zimmermann was one of the star attractions at TigerFest. And for a short time, it looked like he would be worth every penny of the budget-busting, five-year, $110 million deal he signed with the Tigers that winter. He went 5-0 with an 0.55 ERA in his first month as a..." January 31

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Miguel Cabrera determined to have big bounce-back season

    Larry Brown Sports "Last year, Miguel Cabrera took an L, but this year he wants to bounce back. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Friday that the Detroit Tigers slugger is said to be “determined” to have a “big bounce-back season” in 2018. Cabrera, who will turn 35 in April, was limited to 130 games last..." January 28

  • Phillies Sign Francisco Rodriguez To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have signed reliever Francisco Rodriguez to a minor league contract, Jon Heyman of FanRag reports (Twitter links). Rodriguez will make $2.5MM plus incentives if he earns a spot on Philadelphia’s roster. The 36-year-old K-Rod brings 437 career saves and a lifetime 2.86 ERA to the..." January 27

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • The Tigers are going to, ever so slightly, change their uniforms in 2018

    Hardball Talk "I have long contended that the Tigers home uniform is the best uniform in baseball. It has looked good for decades. It looks good on any body type. The whites seem brighter than any other team’s whites. The English D is perfection. The blue is the perfect shade of blue. A hair darker than navy,..." January 25

  • Rejuvenated Castellanos could put shine on trying summer

    Detroit News "Nicholas Castellanos says a man who feels good looks even better, which could mean, based upon his natty appearance Wednesday evening, that a Tigers right fielder is in line for a GQ cover in 2018. Or, perhaps, if his bat continues to smolder as he turns 26, maybe something more in line with an..." January 25

  • Yankees after Tigers' Michael Fulmer?

    Newark Star-Ledger "As the days tick by until spring training, the Yankees still haven't added a big-time arm to a rotation that was one win from the World Series last October. While the 2018 team can likely win a ton of games and compete for a World Series without general manager Brian Cashman landing an ace, all..." January 24

  • Tigers To Sign Alexi Amarista

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have reached a minor-league deal with veteran infielder Alexi Amarista, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free-Press (Twitter links). He’ll receive an invitation to participate in MLB camp. Amarista, 28, spent the 2017 season with the Rockies. The Colorado organization..." January 23

  • Tigers land 3 prospects in Baseball America’s top 100

    Detroit News "Between last season’s wheeling and dealing and last June’s draft, the Detroit Tigers appear to have restocked a once-thin farm system. One way to gauge that: Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list, which was unveiled Monday. The Tigers boast three players on that list, led by right-handed..." January 22

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Exploring Trade Market For Castellanos: Who Might Be Interested?

    CBS Detroit "Al Avila has cashed in most of his chips in the Tigers’ rebuild, but a few assets remain at his disposal. Foremost among them is Nicholas Castellanos. The rising slugger is coming off a career year at the plate and costs an affordable $6.05 million in 2018. He’s arbitration eligible for one..." January 18

  • Are the Detroit Tigers the worst team in MLB?

    Detroit Free Press "We're about a month away from a new era of Detroit Tigers baseball. That's right, pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Lakeland, Fla. on Feb. 13, and the team's first full-squad workout is Feb. 19. But it's unlikely to be a sunny season for the Tigers, who are coming off an..." January 18

  • Tigers, Iglesias agree to 1-year deal

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers’ streak of avoiding salary arbitration hearings remains intact. The team agreed to a one-year contract with shortstop Jose Iglesias on Wednesday afternoon, the team announced. The deal is worth $6.275 million, according to multiple persons with knowledge of the..." January 17

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Nicholas Castellanos takes top spot on the Detroit Tigers' trade block

    Detroit Free Press "It was bound to happen again sooner or later. Barring a surprising meeting of the minds, the Tigers will attend their first salary arbitration hearing with a player since 2001. That player is shortstop Jose Iglesias, whose days in Detroit are numbered and who valued his services next season at..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Detroit Tigers' trades looking better in hindsight

    Detroit Free Press "Now, perhaps, some further perspective can be added to the Detroit Tigers’ trades last summer. Over the past few days, the Pirates have unofficially joined the Tigers as one of baseball’s rebuilding teams, going the way general manager Al Avila did last season and the Marlins’ new ownership did..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Miguel Cabrera faces a paternity hearing on eve of spring training. He's asked a judge to bar media.

    Michigan Live "One day before the first Detroit Tigers report to Lakeland, Fla., for spring training, star first baseman Miguel Cabrera is scheduled to be 60 miles away in Orlando for a hearing in an ongoing paternity case. A judge will soon rule whether media will be allowed in the courtroom to view..." January 15

  • Tigers Claim Johnny Barbato

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have claimed righty Johnny Barbato off waivers from the Pirates, the teams announced and Robert Murray of Fan Rag first tweeted. He was designated recently by Pittsburgh when the club claimed fellow righty Shane Carle. Barbato, 25, saw 28 2/3 innings of action in 2017, managing a..." January 11

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Don't look for Tigers to break bank despite buyer's market of MLB free agents

    Michigan Live "Imagine an alternative universe in which the Detroit Tigers were still planning on making a push for the playoffs in 2018. A universe in which Justin Verlander is still in the rotation, Justin Upton is still in left field and Ian Kinsler is still at second base. (We'll assume the Tigers..." January 10

  • Tigers still willing to trade Jose Iglesias

    Hardball Talk "Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are still willing to deal shortstop Jose Iglesias. He adds that, due to the slowly developing free agent market, the Tigers may choose to hold onto him for now and reevaluate the market during spring training. Iglesias, 28, will become a free agent after the..." January 08

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