Tigers Rumors & News

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Tigers' Anibal Sanchez: Will prepare for starting role

    CBS Sports "Sanchez will compete for a starting role in spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. The right-hander struggled throughout 2016, failing to bring his ERA below 4.08 in any month of the season. Those struggles resulted in some yo-yoing between the rotation and the bullpen -- he'd be..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Brad Ausmus announces Justin Verlander will be Tigers Opening Day starter

    Detroit Sports Nation "On Saturday at TigerFest, manager Brad Ausmus announced that Justin Verlander will be the Detroit Tigers Opening Day starting pitcher. The Tigers first game will be played on April 3rd in Chicago against the White Sox. Ausmus said the rest of the rotation was yet to be determined. Verlander..." January 21

  • Tigers acquire outfielder Mikie Mahtook, designate Anthony Gose for assignment

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have added one player to the team's center field competition and subtracted another. The Tigers acquired Mikie Mahtook from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Anthony Gose was designated for assignment, which means he's removed from..." January 19

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Tigers have been in touch with Blanco, Bourjos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have opened a dialogue with free-agent outfielders Peter Bourjos and Gregor Blanco, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter links). There’s no agreement close with either player, but the two are under consideration as the team looks to fill its void in center..." January 17

  • Kinsler 'possible fallback' if Dodgers can't land Dozier

    CBS Sports "Right now, the Dodgers are slated to open the 2017 season -- in which they'll aim for a fifth straight NL West title -- with Enrique Hernandez as their primary second baseman. Hernandez has his uses and is a useful player to have on the active roster, but he's stretched as an everyday player...." January 15

  • Verlander relieved Tigers didn't make major roster changes

    ESPN "Justin Verlander says he's happy rumors of a big Detroit Tigers selloff this offseason proved just that -- rumors. The Tigers ace, in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Friday, says he's happy Detroit has held on to its key players entering the 2017 season. "It would have been upsetting..." January 13

  • Tigers GM explains how he stepped away from his dad role when signing his son

    Detroit Free Press "Once again, Al Avila had to take himself out of the equation. Way back when the Detroit Tigers drafted his son, Alex, in the fifth round of the 2008 MLB draft, Al Avila would leave the room when his front office colleagues discussed the young catcher from Alabama. But this winter, now as the..." January 13

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Tigers GM Al Avila: ‘There’s No Clear-Cut Answer For Center Field’

    CBS Detroit "Looking ahead to the 2017 season, the Tigers’ biggest question mark exists in center field. And according to their GM, the solution remains unclear. “Right now, there is no clear-cut answer for center field. I would say it’s a work in progress,” Avila told ‘Tiger Talk’ on 97.1 The Ticket on..." January 12

  • Tigers GM: “Ownership Has Not Told Me To Dump Salary”

    CBS Detroit "After Al Avila’s foreboding end-of-the-year comments last November, it was presumed that the Tigers’ GM was facing an edict to cut payroll. As it turns out, that wasn’t the case. “Quite frankly, ownership has not told me to dump salary,” Avila told MLB Network’s Chris Russo on Tuesday...." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Tigers bring back Thad Weber, sign 3 bats for Toledo

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers signed a handful of veteran corner infielders and brought back a journeyman pitcher in a new batch of minor league signings announced in the last week. Among the new names on our running list of offseason signings are pitcher Thad Weber, third baseman Gabriel Quintana and..." January 09

  • Affordable Center Field Options For The Tigers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers are still on the lookout for a center field stopgap, tweets Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, but their preference is to add a low-cost option and spend around $2MM to fill the vacancy. Fenech further notes that the Tigers have opportunities to trade for a center fielder that..." January 05

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Tigers, Edward Mujica Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers and right-hander Edward Mujica have agreed to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training, reports Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports (Twitter link). Mujica is represented by Octagon. The 32-year-old Mujica (33 in May) opened the 2016 season in the Phillies’..." December 29

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Tigers agree to 1-year deal with Avila

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers announced today that the club has agreed to terms with catcher Alex Avila on a one-year contract. “Alex provides us with the needed depth at the catching position,” Tigers Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Al Avila said. Avila, 29, returns..." December 23

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Tigers Will Regret Pretending They're a World Series Contender

    Bleacher Report "Early in the offseason, the Detroit Tigers hung up a "For Sale" sign. Turns out when you flip it over it says "Just Kidding!" OK, that's an exaggeration. First, the winter isn't over. Detroit could still offload one or more of its tradeable veteran assets. Plus, the Tigers never committed to..." December 21

  • Tigers having trouble finding a trade fit for J.D. Martinez

    CBS Sports "Entering the offseason, the Detroit Tigers were rumored to be taking a long-term approach to their winter. That meant, in the most basic terms, looking to unload payroll in exchange for talented prospects. While the Tigers haven't done anything crazy yet -- like trading Justin Verlander or..." December 17

  • Record 6 MLB teams to pay luxury tax

    Chicago Tribune "A record six teams are paying baseball's luxury tax this season, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $31.8 million and the New York Yankees at $27.4 million. Boston ($4.5 million), Detroit ($4 million), San Francisco ($3.4 million) and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs ($2.96 million) also..." December 17

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • White Sox, Royals moves help open the door for Tigers in AL Central

    CBS Sports "Very early in the offseason, there were indications the Tigers would try to get younger and more cost effective. Cameron Maybin was traded to the Angels the day after the World Series, and other veterans like Ian Kinsler, Justin Verlander and even Miguel Cabrera popped in trade rumors. Since..." December 11

  • Omar Infante rejoins Tigers on minor-league deal

    Detroit News "Welcome back, Omar Infante. The 15-year veteran infielder was among 14 minor league free agents signed by the Tigers and announced Friday. It will be his third stint with the club. He started his career in Detroit from 2002-2007 and returned for the 2012 and 2013 seasons before signing with the..." December 10

  • Padres Interested In Jose Iglesias, Hanser Alberto

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have asked a variety of teams about potential shortstop options, MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell tweets. One player who’s on their list is Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, who Detroit GM Al Avila said yesterday was drawing interest. Iglesias, 26, would give the Padres a defense-first option..." December 08

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Miggy open to trade but wants to be in Detroit

    MLB.com "Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera told Venezuelan reporters on Saturday that he would like to remain with the club, but he would not stand in the way of a trade if it benefits both sides. As the Tigers listen to trade interest in all of their veteran players heading into the Winter Meetings..." December 03

  • Giants reportedly looking at J.D. Martinez

    CBS Sports "As the Winter Meetings approach, the Tigers are expected to be one of the most aggressive teams in terms of selling off some veteran talent. Among the names bandied about in the rumor mill is power-hitting outfielder J.D. Martinez. It makes sense, as he surely has great value as a slugger and is..." December 03

  • Venezuelan stars threaten WBC boycott after manager Vizquel replaced

    Michigan Live "The attempt to fire Omar Vizquel as manager of the Venezuela's World Baseball Classic team has prompted backlash from some of the country's biggest stars, including Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez. One by one, the players appeared on a Venezuelan sports radio show Thursday..." December 02

  • Report: Verlander, Upton purchase $5.5M Beverly Hills house

    Detroit News "Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and fiancée Kate Upton have purchased a house in Beverly Hills, California, for $5.475 million, according to a report. TMZ Sports says they began house hunting shortly after becoming engaged in May. The house is 5,000 square feet with five bedrooms,..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

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