Tigers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Detroit Tigers should at least talk to Ozzie Guillen about manager job

    Detroit Free Press "Ozzie Guillen is no longer waiting around for the next Major League managerial opportunity that may or may not come, but he has not lost hope. He has too much love for the game. Too much belief in his abilities. Too much of a desire to leave baseball on his own terms to think someone won't..." September 29

  • Phil Nevin seen as strong candidate for Tigers job

    Fanrag Sports "Phil Nevin, a San Francisco Giants coach and former minor-league manager in the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks organizations, is considered a “strong candidate” for the Tigers job, one person familiar with their thinking said. Tigers GM Al Avila knows Nevin from the three-plus years..." September 28

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • Andrew Romine will play all nine positions on Sunday

    MLB.com "Andrew Romine officially added center field to his Major League resume Tuesday night, when he took over for the eighth inning of the Tigers' 7-3 loss to the Indians. He has two more positions left to play -- right field and catcher -- to fill out the diamond for his big league career. He wants..." September 27

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Tigers reportedly sign son of Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez, who is not a pitcher

    CBS Sports "The Tigers have added the son of a Hall of Famer to the organization as they begin to rebuild. According to Baseball America's Ben Badler, the Tigers have signed Dominican infielder Pedro Martinez Jr., son of the great Pedro Martinez, There's no word on Pedro Jr.'s signing bonus. Here is..." September 27

  • Ian Kinsler Reaches Benchmark For 2018 Vesting Option

    Real GM Baseball "Ian Kinsler reached 600 plate appearances on Tuesday night, which means his option for next season has vested. He will now make $11 million with the Detroit Tigers in 2018 as long as he doesn't finish the year on the disabled list. Kinsler can also boost that by another $1 million if he wins a..." September 27

  • 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

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