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  • Why Joe Davis isn't interested in Detroit Tigers' play-by-play job

    Detroit Free Press "Joe Davis and his wife, Libby, are Michigan natives, so when the Detroit Tigers play-by-play job came open earlier this fall, they had the talk. But two years after he replaced the legendary Vin Scully on Los Angeles Dodgers broadcasts, Davis decided that now is not the time..." December 18

  • Miguel Cabrera is taking batting practice again

    Bless You Boys "There isn’t much to be truly excited about when it comes to the Detroit Tigers lately. Sure, they have made a few savvy signings, and we’re waiting to see exactly how this rebuild takes shape. But minor victories or not, this is still a club coming off back-to-back 98-loss..." December 17

  • Yankees, Tigers make a minor trade

    Hardball Talk "A minor trade goes down as everyone in baseball front offices recovers from, um, doing very little at the Winter Meetings: the Yankees acquired outfielder Tyler Hill from the Tigers for cash considerations. The Tigers had picked Hill from the Red Sox in the minor league portion of..." December 14

  • Tigers take first steps toward retooling approach to developing hitters

    Detroit News "The Detroit Tigers are in the process of overhauling their organizational approach to hitting. Perhaps a better way to explain it is, they are in the process of clearly defining their philosophy and streamlining the way they develop hitters through their minor-league..." December 13

  • Tigers sign SS Jordy Mercer to one-year deal, per report

    Bless You Boys "It was just Tuesday evening when Al Avila promised that the Detroit Tigers would sign a shortstop — much to the relief of manager Ron Gardenhire — and on Wednesday afternoon they delivered. The Tigers have signed former Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop, first..." December 12

  • Detroit Tigers will trade Nicholas Castellanos. But when?

    Detroit Free Press "It probably won’t happen this week. Might not even happen this month. Maybe, come early February, right fielder Nicholas Castellanos will report to Lakeland, Fla., for his seventh season with the Detroit Tigers. But at some point between now and the July 31..." December 12

  • There's talk but nothing imminent on Castellanos, Tigers' shortstop search

    Detroit News " A little slow. That's how Tigers general manager Al Avila described the pace of his dealings early on at the Winter Meetings. The baseball world knows his agenda: He's looking for an affordable, veteran shortstop willing to come to the Tigers on a one-year deal and..." December 11

  • Tigers To Sign Tyson Ross

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have struck a deal with free agent righty Tyson Ross, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). It’s a $5.75MM guarantee over a single season, per the report. " December 10

  • Giants make first major league addition of offseason, add former Tigers outfielder

    San Jose Mercury News "During the first two months of the offseason, the Giants slowly whittled down their 40-man roster, dropping several contributors from last season’s club. At the beginning of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings, new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi finally..." December 10

  • The Braves have expressed interest in trading for Nick Castellanos, per report

    Talking Chop "The Winter Meetings are where tons and tons of rumors are generated. Many of them never come to fruition at all, but when you get every team in the league together in close proximity with the goal of getting together to make things happen, rumors and speculation is going to run..." December 10

  • How signing Ian Kinsler makes sense for Detroit Tigers

    Detroit Free Press "There are no perfect free agents for the Detroit Tigers this offseason, not as they slog their way through a second offseason of rebuilding. The Tigers are facing another season of flirting with 100 losses. While they wait for their payroll to bottom out, they..." December 10

  • The Tigers don't need Bryce Harper right now. That doesn't mean they won't later.

    USA Today "Bryce Harper, a National League MVP at 23, is a free agent at 26, peddling his services in an industry that’s grown to nearly $11 billion in annual revenues. His combination of skills, age and marketing cachet make him an excellent fit for any major league franchise. Even the..." December 07

  • Tigers hope to cash in Nicholas Castellanos for prospects

    Detroit Free Press "The names have changed, but the vision remains the same. How far the Detroit Tigers have to look into the future to see that vision become a reality remains to be seen, but at this year’s Baseball Winter Meetings, they will be focused once again on years down the..." December 06

  • Tigers Sign Louis Coleman, Bobby Wilson, 2 Others

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers announced today that they have inked four players to minor-league deals with invitations to Spring Training. Righty Louis Coleman, catchers Bobby Wilsonand Kade Scivicque are among them, along with and infielder Kody Eaves. Coleman tossed 51 1/3..." December 05

  • MLB, commissioner Rob Manfred gaining support to limit defensive shifts, report says

    CBS Sports "Changes to the way teams line up -- and are allowed to line up -- defensively could be coming to Major League Baseball. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has received "strong" backing from baseball's competition committee to try to "put something in place" to limit..." December 05

  • Tigers' Michael Fulmer, recovering from knee surgery, anxious to re-establish himself

    Detroit News "It was supposed to be a relatively routine meniscus repair. But the way things had gone for Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer last season, who in their right mind would’ve expected a clean and easy surgery? It was anything but. When Dr. James Andrews began probing..." December 05

  • Detroit Tigers could move on from catcher James McCann. Here's why

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers have been silent all offseason on catcher James McCann's pending contract status. The quiet strongly suggests McCann’s days in Detroit are done. It's a silence with a deadline, though; at 8 p.m. on Friday night, the Tigers face MLB's..." November 30

  • Jay Bruce’s no-trade list revealed

    Larry Brown Sports "The teams on Jay Bruce’s no-trade list have been revealed. According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Bruce updated his no-trade list two weeks ago to include the following five teams: Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins, Oakland A’s, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue..." November 27

  • Matt Moore to the Detroit Tigers, per report

    Lone Star Ball "The Detroit Tigers and pitcher Matt Moore have agreed on a one year deal for $2-3 million, per Jeff Passan on Twitter. Moore, of course, spent the 2018 season pitching very poorly for the Texas Rangers after the Rangers acquired him and international..." November 27

  • Tigers still stuck with an out-of-whack payroll, but better years are ahead

    Detroit News "Consult one of those MLB payroll charts from 2018 and you’ll see the Tigers variously listed anywhere from 17th (spotrac.com, $131 million) to 20th (USA Today and statista.com, $111 million). The figure, though, is closer to spotrac’s figures, acknowledged a Tigers source..." November 27

  • Tigers still free-agent shopping as offseason market hits a lull

    Detroit News "Some people worked during the Thanksgiving break. Any such list would include the Tigers front office, which, apart from Thursday’s break, stayed by the phones, maybe trading conversation with agents or perhaps with an interested trade partner or two. But nothing happened...." November 26

  • Tigers could target RHP Tyson Ross to round out starting rotation.

    Bless You Boys "As recently as three years ago, Tyson Ross was one of the more underrated young starters in the game. Unfortunately, his best work came in lost seasons for the moribund San Diego Padres, and he then went on to lose nearly two full seasons to injury. Ross turned things..." November 23

  • When will the Detroit Tigers contend again? Here's one possible timeline

    Detroit News "Timelines. Tigers timelines. People wonder when life at Comerica Park will resemble those days when Detroit’s baseball crowd reveled in Verlander and Scherzer and Ordonez and Pudge and Guillen, with a prime-time Cabrera anchoring the whole playoff-destined..." November 21

  • Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay lead newcomers on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has released its ballot for 2019. The newcomers to the ballot, two of whom I presume will be first-ballot inductees, include Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay Todd Helton Andy Pettitte Mariano..." November 19

  • MLB partners with DAZN to create live look-in show for baseball fans

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and DAZN, the fast-growing global live and on-demand sports streaming service, have finalized plans to create a weeknight show for baseball fans to follow game-by-game action in real time beginning in the 2019 season.  The yet-to-be-named program,..." November 16

  • MLBPA thinks all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration

    Hardball Talk "There’s something interesting deep in Ken Rosenthal’s latest notes column. It’s about arbitration, with Rosenthal reporting that the players union believes that all 30 teams will take a “file-and-trial” approach to arbitration this winter. If..." November 16

  • MLB, Fox Sports Reach Reported $5.1 Billion Rights Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced today that it has reached a new seven-year, multiplatform agreement with FOX Sports spanning the 2022-28 seasons. Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports (via Twitter) that the contract’s rough value is a staggering $5.1 billion — a..." November 15

  • The Tigers, and Detroit, could use a feisty owner like Dan Gilbert

    Detroit Free Press "There’s an old trick in the sports world. When it comes to hiring coaches or executives or pretty much making any deal, a contract is rarely officially offered until the moment it is signed. This allows any of the parties involved to back out at the last second. Everyone can..." November 15

  • Rob Manfred to get a five-year contract extension today

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings are going on down in Atlanta this week. Unlike a lot of gatherings of baseball dignitaries, we tend not to get much news out of them, however. We know the owners do things like light cigars with $100 bills and, I dunno, play games of chess on human-sized chess boards with..." November 15

  • Comerica Park worker who spit in pizza receives probation sentence

    Michigan Live "An employee at Comerica Park who was filmed spitting in a pizza that was served to a customer was sentenced Thursday morning to 18 months probation, according to Fox 2 Detroit. Video shows Comerica Park employee spitting in customer's pizza Jaylon Kerley, 20,..." November 15

  • Dan Gilbert: I'm not trying to buy Detroit Tigers

    Detroit Free Press "Dan Gilbert told the Free Press he is selling Greektown Casino. But that doesn't mean he's trying to buy the Detroit Tigers. In an interview with Free Press business columnist John Gallagher on Tuesday, Gilbert said there is no such deal in the works to try to..." November 14

  • Tigers interested in low-cost shortstops, and Freddy Galvis is right up their alley

    Bless You Boys "The Detroit Tigers need to find a new shortstop this offseason. While we here at Bless You Boys like to dream big, some of our dear readers do not. The Tigers organization seemingly shares that more measured approach, as they are rumored to be looking at low-cost..." November 13

  • Report: Astros tried to land Tigers' Castellanos at trade deadline

    The Score "The Houston Astros reportedly made an offer to acquire Detroit Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. The Astros were apparently looking to add an impact bat..." November 13

  • Tigers face intriguing options with Nick Castellanos

    Detroit News "There is a kind of three-act play being staged at Comerica Park with respect to Nick Castellanos and his future with the Detroit Tigers. It is moving toward a denouement, as they say in theater land, with either a trade, next year’s free agency, or that delectable baseball..." November 13

  • Tigers Re-Sign Pete Kozma, Harold Castro

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers announced that they’ve signed 12 players to minor league contracts (full list here), including veteran shortstop Pete Kozma and infielder Harold Castro — each of whom was outrighted off the 40-man roster and became a free agent two weeks ago. That pair..." November 09

  • MLB Owners Expected To Approve Extension For Rob Manfred

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball owners are expected to meet next week to vote on a five-year extension for commissioner Rob Manfred, reports USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. He’d need the approval of ownership representatives from 16 of the 30 teams, though Nightengale reports that Manfred..." November 09

  • Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos will stay in right field in 2019

    Detroit Free Press "Nicholas Castellanos is the Detroit Tigers’ right fielder. On Tuesday afternoon at the General Managers’ Meetings, Tigers general manager Al Avila said though the team had explored the idea of Castellanos playing first base next season, he will remain in..." November 07

  • MLB reportedly working on ways to discourage sign stealing

    Larry Brown Sports "Paranoia about sign stealing was more rampant than ever during the MLB playoffs this year, and the league is trying to find ways to cut down on that heading into 2019. According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Major League Baseball is in the process of trying to implement rules and..." November 07

  • MLB's Hyped $1 Billion Free-Agent Class Actually Isn't That Good

    Bleacher Report "The free-agent market this winter includes the National League's Most Valuable Player—from 2015. And the American League's MVP—also from 2015. And the AL Cy Young winner. And two others who finished in the top five in MVP voting in their respective..." November 07

  • The Tigers could reunite with Anibal Sanchez this offseason

    Bless You Boys "Anibal Sanchez left Detroit without much fanfair after the 2017 season as one of the last remnants of better times for the franchise. Always overshadowed by Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, Sanchez played a vital role in the rotation during the team’s..." November 07

  • MLB considering moving trade deadline back

    Sportsnaut "One of the interesting possibilities coming out of the GM meetings is not a potential deal, but a big change to the MLB trade deadline. MLB is considering moving the non-waiver deadline back from its traditional July 31 date. In the process, the waiver deadline of August 31 would be..." November 06

  • Hall of Fame announces the “Today’ Game” era ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for this year’s Veterans Committee ballot. Well, they don’t call it the “Veterans Committee” anymore, but it basically is. It’s now done with an era-system which rotates every year, and this year’s era is the..." November 05

  • Is baseball even capable of making superstars anymore?

    Yahoo! Sports "Early in her seminal Babe Ruth biography, “The Big Fella,” Jane Leavy, the gifted storyteller of bygone ballplayers, perfectly encapsulates his place at the intersection of America’s game, Americana and America today. The forebear of modern politicians and religious..." November 05

  • Tigers TV ratings went down by 41 percent in 2018

    Bless You Boys "While the Detroit Tigers continued their losing ways during the 2018 baseball season, the club’s baseball fans were tuning them out in large numbers. The Tigers averaged a rating of 2.64 for the season, which was down 41 percent from their 4.48 rating in 2017, according to the..." November 05

  • GMs to consider eliminating trade waivers

    Hardball Talk "The General Manager Meetings are taking place in San Diego this week. We don’t often get a lot of general news from those. Heck, at the moment two teams — the Giants and the Orioles — don’t even have general managers. The best way to think of the GM Meetings is to think..." November 05

  • Red Sox, Braves top Gold Gloves; Nolan Arenado continues streak

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print The Boston Red Sox, just a week after winning the World Series, had the most players in the American League named as Rawlings Gold Glove winners, with right..." November 05

  • Brandon Dixon, Austin Brice claimed off waivers; Cincinnati Reds claim Matthew Bowman from Cardinals

    Red Reporter "The offseason always features a bevy of transactions and roster moves, and the Cincinnati Reds jumped into that process head-first on Friday with a series of notable moves. They announced that both Brandon Dixon (Detroit Tigers) and Austin Brice (Los Angeles Angels) had been claimed on waivers,..." November 02

  • Tigers claim left-hander Jose Fernandez as Blue Jays create roster space

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays lost left-handed reliever Jose Fernandez to the Detroit Tigers on a waiver claim Friday as off-season action picked up across Major League Baseball. The Toronto front office had to remove at least one player from the roster Friday, the deadline for reinstating..." November 02

  • As ex-Detroit Tiger Bill Freehan lies in hospice care, wife reveals story of his dementia

    USA Today "Bill Freehan lies on a hospital bed in the middle of the room. The World Series is on the TV. “Boston is playing,” Pat Freehan tells Bill, her husband. But she doesn’t know whether he can fully understand her. Freehan, an 11-time..." October 28