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  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • Reds Discussing Minor League Deal With Jose Iglesias

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds and shortstop Jose Iglesias have been discussing a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal and C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic report (via Twitter). If the deal comes to fruition, he’d join Derek Dietrich in MLB camp as a quality veteran with a strong chance..." February 22

  • The Tigers should circle back to the free agent market

    Bless You Boys "Spring training is underway, and the sights and sounds of baseball are beginning to thaw our chilled Midwestern hearts. However, the offseason is still somewhat ridiculously far from over. With a talented pool of free agents still waiting out the glacial pace of the market, the 2019 season..." February 20

  • Tigers, Josh Harrison reportedly agree to 1-year deal

    Sporting News "The Tigers' new double-play combo won't need any introductions.  After adding Jordy Mercer to play shortstop over the winter, Detroit on Wednesday agreed to a one-year deal with second baseman Josh Harrison, The Athletic first..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Detroit Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos won't sweat trade rumors this spring

    Detroit Free Press "After spending his offseason in trade rumors, working out in his garage and stating his preference to be traded by the start of spring training, Nicholas Castellanos returned to Tiger Town on Sunday morning, sipping a coffee while holding court with reporters. The winter was..." February 20

  • Fulmer's takeaway from arbitration loss to Tigers? 'If I want more money, pitch better'

    Detroit News "Michael Fulmer left his arbitration hearing last week feeling pretty good about his case. Then, on his way back to Lakeland, he scrolled through his Twitter feed and found out that earlier in the day, arbitrators had ruled in favor of three other starting pitchers — Gerrit Cole,..." February 19

  • 'I feel I can do my job:' Rejuvenated Cabrera hits the ground running on Day 1 for Tigers

    Detroit News "Miguel Cabrera hadn’t been in the clubhouse more than an hour Monday morning when the chirping began. “He was jawing with me all day,” left-hander Matthew Boyd said. The complex, color-coded practice schedule, posted on the grease boards at both ends of the..." February 18

  • Detroit Tigers win salary arbitration case against Michael Fulmer

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers have won their salary arbitration case against Michael Fulmer. According to multiple people with knowledge of the situation, an arbitration panel sided with the team’s $2.8 million salary figure for 2019 over Fulmer’s $3.4 million..." February 15

  • Detroit Tigers, Michael Fulmer have salary arbitration hearing Wednesday

    Detroit Free Press "The streak ended on Wednesday. For the first time in 17 years, the Detroit Tigers were called into a salary arbitration hearing. On the other side of the table: former All-Star pitcher Michael Fulmer.  In an upscale hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida, not..." February 13

  • Rebuilding? That's not what it says on the Tigers' clubhouse door

    Detroit News "Taped to the door of the Tigers spring training clubhouse is a huge poster of the Commissioner’s Trophy, which is the prize 30 baseball teams fight for every season. “I believe this belongs to us,” is written across the top. Then, at the bottom, “Don’t..." February 13

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Alex Cora Admits He Bombed Tigers Interview Before Landing Red Sox Job

    NESN "The Detroit Tigers’ loss is the Boston Red Sox’s gain. Alex Cora interviewed for the Tigers’ managerial vacancy after the 2017 Major League Baseball season before ultimately interviewing with the Red Sox and becoming Boston’s new skipper. Clearly, Cora..." February 11

  • Tigers' Michael Fulmer using brace as training tool on repaired right knee

    Detroit News "It looks worse than it is. Michael Fulmer, coming off his second surgery on his right meniscus in five years, is wearing a big, black brace on his troublesome knee as he goes through his daily regimen here at TigerTown. For now, he’s wearing it even during his bullpen..." February 11

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • MLBPA not expected to host free agent camp this year

    SNY TV "With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless. But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned..." February 04

  • Detroit Tigers make adjustment to uniforms for 2019

    USA Today "Detroit Tigers fans have spoken, and the team has listened. After wearing game caps with a larger Old English ‘D’ last season, the Tigers will revert to a smaller logo for the 2019 season. The logo, one of the most iconic in professional sports, will..." February 02

  • Oft-injured Tiger Daniel Norris hopes '19 season is no joke

    Detroit News "Daniel Norris was in a laughing, smiling mood Saturday at TigerFest, even participating in a fun Bad Jokes Challenge with fellow pitcher Matt Boyd. The rules: Whoever laughs most, loses. "Did you know I used to hate facial hair?" Norris deadpanned. Boyd cracked up,..." January 30

  • Should an MLB star mimic Anthony Davis and help make trade demands more common in baseball?

    CBS Sports "If you're a New Orleans Pelicans fan today, you're heartbroken. Anthony Davis, the best player in franchise history and one of the best in the NBA, announced (through his agent) that he wants to be traded. By asking for a trade, Davis asserted a level of autonomy that we..." January 29

  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia retires

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has retired from baseball. Rosenthal posted Saltalamacchia’s statement on Facebook. Saltalamacchia, 33, signed a minor league deal with the Tigers last March, spending the entire season at..." January 29

  • Kirk Gibson is going to work for the Tigers while broadcasting their games

    Hardball Talk "Kirk Gibson has been a part-time broadcaster for Tigers telecasts on Fox Sports Detroit for the past couple of seasons. This year he has been hired full time, replacing the fired Rod Allen as the top analyst for Tigers games (he’ll split time with Jack Morris). But, as of today,..." January 28

  • In painful rebuild, Tigers still looking for a centerpiece

    Detroit News "The Tigers are selling a narrative and buying time, and most observers understand it and accept it — for now. But, for how long? Rebuilds in pro sports are ugly, often unavoidable, seldom brief. Generally, fans will be patient, under one condition: They see promising pieces of..." January 28

  • Tigers’ Nicholas Castellanos isn’t drawing any trade interest

    Bless You Boys "There are two very different sides to the Nicholas Castellanos trade rumor saga. This week, both of them decided to become more vocal. Castellanos has been considered a candidate for trade this offseason, and has seemed like a likely target to be moved considering he is quickly approaching free..." January 25

  • MLB, Nike Announce 10-Year Uniform, Merchandise Contract

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball and Nike agreed to a 10-year deal Friday that will make Nike the league's official on-field apparel and merchandise designer beginning in 2020. According to Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, MLB and Under Armour originally agreed to a..." January 25

  • Head of MLBPA Tony Clark says slow free-agent periods are a 'threat to our game'

    Yahoo! Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is tired of seeing good MLB players sit on the free-agent market unsigned. Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA, spoke out Thursday, telling the Associated Press the slow free-agent periods have become a major “threat to our..." January 25

  • 'I want to be dangerous': Miguel Cabrera anxious to reclaim elite status

    Detroit News "Not since he was a boy in Venezuela had Miguel Cabrera been estranged from the game of baseball for as long as he was last season. His season ended on June 12 after he ruptured a tendon in his left biceps. He left the team, had surgery and was essentially gone the rest of the..." January 25

  • Michael Fulmer says no ‘bad blood’ with Tigers as arbitration case looms

    Michigan Live "In a matter of weeks, Michael Fulmer and his representatives will be squaring off against the Detroit Tigers legal team. If the Tigers win, Fulmer will earn $2.8 million in 2019. If the arbitrator sides with Fulmer, the Tigers right-handed pitcher will make $3.4..." January 25

  • Al Avila says the Tigers won't spend big money until 2021 at the earliest

    WXYZ "Al Avila says the Tigers won't spend big money until 2021 at the earliest. “After 2020, our payroll will be in a lot better place for us to be aggressive going into 2021,” Avila told reporters at the team's winter caravan kick-off. The Tigers entered a..." January 25

  • Agent: Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos wants trade sooner rather than later

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers began their winter caravan across the state on Thursday afternoon. But when the buses left Comerica Park, heading around metro Detroit and to Southwest Michigan, one of the team’s few recognizable faces wasn't on board. Nicholas Castellanos..." January 24

  • Tigers Claim Kaleb Cowart

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers announced this afternoon that they’ve claimed infielder Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the Mariners, which now gives them a full 40-man roster. Cowart was designated for assignment earlier in the week. The Mariners had planned to utilize Cowart in a hybrid..." January 24

  • Bill James' Hall of Fame Leaderboard for Active Players Contains One Shocking Name

    12 Up "Now that we know who is part of the 2019 Hall of Fame class, it's fun to look at current players who are instantly destined for Cooperstown and those who have a decidedly more meandering path to the Hall. The godfather of sabermetrics, Bill James, has his own top-10..." January 23

  • MLB now trying to get minor leaguers exempted from minimum wage law at the state level

    Hardball Talk "In recent years, Major League Baseball spent significant amounts of money lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. They succeeded last year, as minor leaguers are now considered seasonal workers and as such are not owed minimum wage or..." January 23

  • Tigers sign veteran infielder Gordon Beckham

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have signed veteran infielder Gordon Beckham to a minor-league contract and extended him an invitation to spring training. The former first-round pick was an everyday player for the Chicago White Sox from 2009-2014 but hasn’t played regularly since, spending..." January 22

  • Miguel Cabrera ordered to pay ex-mistress $20K a month, pay off her house

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera's off-field fiasco has finally come to an end as a Florida judge has ordered him to pay $20,000 a month in child support to an ex-mistress he fathered two children with and pay off her nearly $1 million mansion by..." January 22

  • Report: Tigers invite 1st overall pick Casey Mize to spring training

    The Score "Detroit Tigers fans will be getting an early shot at seeing top prospect Casey Mize in action. The club has invited the No. 1 pick from the 2018 MLB Draft to major-league camp for spring training, a source tells Jason Beck of MLB.com. Mize, 21, is still expected to..." January 22

  • The only thing getting warmer on baseball’s tepid hot stove is the tension

    Washington Post "The stories began appearing three winters ago and accelerated in pace in the winter of 2017-18: Some of the richest teams in baseball appeared to be getting their financial houses in order, trimming payroll, clearing space and getting under the luxury tax threshold, all in apparent preparation..." January 22

  • Tigers deal with Nicholas Castellanos paves way for eventual trade

    Detroit Free Press "Heading toward Friday's deadline for teams and players to exchange salary arbitration figures, one case stood out as the Detroit Tigers’ most complicated. For the past three seasons, Nicholas Castellanos has come into his offensive prime, developing into a..." January 22

  • Tigers sign veteran catcher Hector Sanchez to a minor league deal

    Bless You Boys "The Tigers have gone pretty quiet since we entered the new year. So has the rest of the league, where trades have again taken center stage rather than free agent signings. On Monday, general manager Al Avila did make a minor move to shore up the team’s catching depth heading..." January 22

  • If MLB Implements a Significant Rule Change in 2019, It Will Be a Pitch Clock

    SI "No proposed rules change would improve baseball’s pace of action issue more than a pitch clock, which is why Major League Baseball officials prioritized getting a pitch clock for the 2019 season at a meeting with Players Association officials Monday. The union, which has been cool to the..." January 18

  • Pitcher and catcher report days, full squad workout days announced for all 30 teams

    Hardball Talk "The first Spring Training workout dates, both for pitchers and catchers and for full squads, has been released for all 30 of the Major League clubs. I find that rather weird given that there are scores and scores of players who don’t have jobs yet, but I guess a schedule is a..." January 17

  • Matt Shepard to be the Tigers new full-time play-by-play guy

    Hardball Talk "Fox Sports Detroit has named Matt Shepard their new full-time play-by-play guy for Tigers games. Shepard will work with analysts Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson, who will split time. This is the move in response to former longtime announcers Mario Impemba and Rod..." January 16

  • Tigers, Michael Fulmer may be headed to an arbitration hearing because the team is being cheap

    Bless You Boys "The Detroit Tigers have not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since Dave Dombrowski first came to town as the team’s new president (and eventual general manager) in 2002. While we can’t say for certain, it’s probably safe to call this the longest streak in..." January 14