Fansided "Even without the most attractive options available, sometimes a team just has to roll the dice and hope for the best. That seems to be the case with Dave Dombrowski and the Detroit Tigers. Coming off of the news that phenom shortstop Jose Iglesias will definitely start the season on the..." March 16
Iglesias will miss most of 2014 with shin injury according to another player that is close to him. Speculation that Tigers will pursue Drew
I would not bet against rumor sending Stephen Drew to Tigers
Ausmus on Iglesias and what seems to be a near-certain stint on the DL: "We're not there yet, but it's getting more and more tenuous."
Detroit News "Thinking back a year to those Grapefruit League games of March, it’s amazing, the tension that hung over Bruce Rondon’s every appearance and pitch. The Tigers came to camp in 2013 with a 22-year-old rookie as their closer. They professed to have options. But they really didn’t. And when..." March 12
Hernan Perez just got closer to going north with the team, as Ausmus confirmed the Tigers "will have to make a decision" about Iglesias.
Fansided "The Detroit Tigers traded away a quality arm in a baffling trade this off-season when they sent Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals. Now they are apparently willing to field trade offers for another member of their starting rotation. Rick Porcello could be available in a trade, as the team..." March 09
Andy Dirks to have back surgery. Likely out for 12 weeks.
ESPN.com "Former Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler clearly won't be pulling for his old club now that he's with the Detroit Tigers. "I hope they go 0-162," Kinsler told ESPN The Magazine's Robert Sanchez last month, in a story published this week. "I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope..." March 04
Good news for Justin Verlander. No setbacks in his latest bullpen session today and will make his first start this spring Thursday.
Detroit Free Press "Max Scherzer won’t talk about his next contract. He doesn’t want to negotiate through the media, which is crazy, because everyone knows the best way to improve your life is to discuss it publicly. What Scherzer has said is that he digs Detroit, he wouldn’t mind remaining a Tiger, and that he’s..." March 02
Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers non-roster invitee Eduardo Sanchez was considered a long shot to make the club's opening day roster. Now, he essentially has no shot. Sanchez, a right-handed reliever, suffered a stress fracture on the tip of his right elbow on Wednesday, and will be out an extended period, the..." February 28
Hardball Talk "I made it into the Tigers’ clubhouse right as it opened this morning. It’s like most of the other spring training clubhouses. A bit more cramped than some because Joker Marchant is a bit older, but it’s the same scene you always see. At least physically. In terms of vibe it felt much looser than..." February 28
Iglesias scratched from lineup. He has recurrence of stress reaction in his shins. Will be held out for about a week for treatment.
Eduardo Sanchez suffered an olecranon stress fracture in his right elbow Wednesday. Will be out for an extended period, Tigers say.
Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers acquired speedy outfielder Rajai Davis this past winter with the intention of letting him run wild on the base paths. And that's exactly what he did Wednesday, helping highlight the Tigers' new-look offense that is expected to be much more aggressive under first-year manager..." February 27
USA Today "Major League Baseball implemented an experimental, controversial rule Monday to protect catchers, prohibiting baserunners from initiating deliberate collisions at home plate in hopes of preventing concussions and injuries. Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Players Association,..." February 25
Next step for Justin Verlander is another live BP session Thursday. Next step after that is Grapefruit League game.
Michigan Live "The gamesmanship involved in trying to figure out the eventual every day for the Detroit Tigers is a go. On Sunday morning, Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was not falling for it. But Sunday afternoon, he shared what the top half of the order would be Tuesday for the Detroit Tigers against..." February 23
Alex Avila said, based on how he feels today, that he expects to participate Monday.
Fansided "Take a look at the competition for the set-up role for the Detroit Tigers and you find two hard-throwing right-handed pitchers who were once highly-regarded “closers of the future.” In Bruce Rondon‘s case, those days of being a closer may still lie ahead; he is still only 23 years old and was a..." February 23
#Tigers sign RH reliever Kevin Whelan to minor league deal, returning him to org that made him a fourth-round pick in 2005.
Detroit Free Press "In these days before the exhibition games, the Detroit Tigers do almost all of their work on the four fields of the minor-league complex. But the most interesting stuff the Tigers did Friday occurred just outside the clubhouse door around 9 a.m. at their big-league field, Marchant Stadium, before..." February 22
Tigers and Max Scherzer are not close on extension, source says. Scherzer told reporters Opening Day is his deadline.
Detroit News "Phil Coke has been too important to the Tigers not to be important anymore. So all signs the lefty reliever can be a major contributor this season are welcome -- even if they're just early signs, as they've been so far. Coke threw his first live batting practice on Wednesday. For some..." February 20
Hardball Talk "There had been some worry that Justin Verlander wouldn’t be ready for Opening Day following surgery to repair a torn “core muscle” in mid-January, but he threw for the first time last week and advanced to throwing a 54-pitch bullpen session yesterday. Manager Brad Ausmus seemed pleased with how..." February 19
Detroit News "The Tigers won’t have him for long — and they probably know it. Omar Vizquel will be the Tigers’ first-base coach this season —and also their infield coach. But the 11-time Gold Glove winning shortstop is on his way toward becoming a manager. It might happen in a year; it might happen in..." February 19
Ian Kinsler said he generally gained weight in the offseason to prepare for the heat of Texas. Reported 10 pounds lighter this season.
Michigan Live "Brad Ausmus is the new manager of the Detroit Tigers. But it hasn't been that long since he was a player. The 44-year-old former catcher actually faced four current Tigers pitchers during his playing days. He remembers one matchup especially well. "I remember facing (Justin) Verlander,"..." February 15
ESPN.com "Max Scherzer insists he will not discuss a new contract with the Detroit Tigers if a deal isn't reached by Opening Day. Scherzer, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, can become a free agent after this season and likely would receive lucrative offers on the open market. The..." February 15
Detroit News "Drew Smyly didn’t know the door to his future was opening. But it was. Or, rather, was about to. He was watching TV on the night of Dec. 2. “I don’t remember what was on,” Smyly said. “It was pretty much an ordinary night. Then the phone rang.” It was his dad. “Did you see what..." February 14
Detroit News "Comerica Park will undergo a $4 million makeover of the right-field Pepsi Porch ahead of Opening Day, complete with 426 additional seats, a new gathering spot to be called the 416 Bar, and with amenities ranging from posh furniture to a nearly 50-foot-long bank of natural-gas flames. The..." February 14
MLB.com "Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star shortstop who spent 53 years in professional baseball as a player, manager and scout, passed away early Friday morning, six days after suffering multiple strokes during an MLB alumni cruise. "He passed away at 2:36 a.m. [ET]," according to Jim Fregosi Jr., the..." February 14
ESPN New York "Major League Baseball owners, despite earning more than $8 billion in revenue in 2013, voted in January to allow individual teams to slash or eliminate pension-plan offerings to their non-uniformed personnel. The vote, tabled a year earlier when the intention became public, quietly took place..." February 14
Detroit News "Maybe not the absolute first. But one of the first things the Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez did after arriving at Joker Marchant Stadium was to put on his catching gear. With good reason. At some point, probably early in the season — and probably more than last year — Martinez..." February 14
MLB.com "The Tigers have no shortage of star pitchers who reported to Spring Training well ahead of Thursday's official reporting date. That's no different than previous years. The superstar slugger who reported at the start of the week made a bigger impact with his arrival. Miguel Cabrera has been..." February 13
Hardball Talk "The New York Daily News reports that, now that A-Rod has dropped his appeal and is accepting his suspension, Major League Baseball is going to drop the lawsuit it filed last March against Biogenesis, Anthony Bosch, Juan Carlos Nunez and multiple other defendants. Which, of course, just..." February 12
Fox Sports "You may have noticed that spring training is about to begin, yet baseball still has not banned home-plate collisions. Both the players and owners want to enact such a rule to protect catchers, but the issue -- somewhat like expanded replay -- is more complicated than it appears. As Hall of..." February 12
SB Nation "Detroit Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones says ace pitcher Justin Verlander is "way ahead of schedule" in his return from offseason muscle repair surgery, reports George Sippel of the Detroit Free Press. Verlander suffered the injury while doing squats in December. Though he originally believed..." February 11
Fox Sports "Pete Rose, who remains banned from Major League Baseball for betting on games during his years as a player and as a manager, said Monday that his transgression isn’t quite as bad as using performance-enhancing drugs. “They’re both bad. I think in my case, I know I didn’t do anything to alter..." February 11
Toronto Sun "The Omar Vizquel-John Farrell relationship went sideways in June of 2012. Both men were wearing Blue Jays uniforms. Both had their own good intentions, but each was operating on a parallel paths. Vizquel is from Venezuela and the man everyone his country’s baseball community looks up to..." February 11
Justin Verlander threw 20 pitches off a mound Monday. Said it went very well. He feels good.
Detroit Free Press "So the Tigers are supposed to win. This much hasn’t changed. The players begin to gather among the palm trees and the expectation blows in with them. World Series or else, a familiar edict around these parts, though whose I’m not quite certain. For that matter, would someone tell me what “or..." February 09
SI.com "Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady confirmed his intentions to play baseball, saying to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown that the attempt is “not a gimmick.” McGrady retired from the NBA in August and it has been reported that he can throw a 90 MPH fastball. The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic..." February 05
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The dirt road that Texas Rangers scouts and officials navigated to reach the home of coveted prospect Jairo Beras has been altered by progress the past few years. An overpass, part of the major road improvements designed to make a tourist’s two-hour commute from Las Americas International..." February 05
Fox Sports Detroit "Joba Chamberlain is truly a changed man. Not only is Chamberlain on a new team for the first time since he reached the majors, he looks completely different. Chamberlain, who debuted with the New York Yankees in 2007, signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal as a free agent with the Detroit Tigers..." February 04
MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers announced, via press release, that they have avoided arbitration with catcher Alex Avila by agreeing to a one-year contract for the 2014 season. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Avila receives a $4.15MM salary for 2014, and the Tigers have a $5.4MM club option with a $200K..." February 01
Detroit News "Third baseman Nick Castellanos is the consensus No. 1 prospect in the Tigers organization, and he gets high marks from Keith Law of ESPN. But Law doesn’t think much of the Tigers’ other top prospects. On Wednesday he revealed a top-10 list of prospects for every American League team...." January 30