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  • 6 Players We Still Can't Believe Weren't Traded at the MLB Deadline

    12 Up "We know how boring this MLB trade deadline was even with the Zack Greinke deal. There was a surprising amount of inaction from fringe contenders who decided to stand pat rather than sell. Plenty of players who should have gotten a change of scenery didn't, but these are the six players we..." August 23

  • The Future Star Who Got Away From Each MLB Team

    The Ringer "Gio Urshela spent the past few weeks showing his previous employers what they’re missing. In four games against the Blue Jays, for whom Urshela played 46 uneventful games last year, the Yankees third baseman tallied six hits, including three home runs; in four games against..." August 23

  • How players are using uniform numbers to break MLB's unwritten rules

    ESPN "For more than two years, Mallex Smith didn't tell anyone on his team why he wore No. 0. Back in January 2017, Smith found himself in a whirlwind of trades in one day, going from the Braves to the Mariners -- for all of 77 minutes ("Some of the best 77 minutes of my..." August 23

  • MLB Players Will Wear Cleats Designed By Little League World Series Teams This Weekend

    Uproxx "One of the many highlights of the Little League World Series in Williamsport is a collaboration between the World Series and Major League Baseball, where two MLB teams play in the tiny Pennsylvania town and give kids a personal look at the big leagues. With that event in the books and..." August 23

  • Justin Verlander accuses reporter Anthony Fenech of ‘unethical behavior’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Astros created a controversy when they blocked reporter Anthony Fenech from entering the clubhouse immediately after Wednesday’s game, apparently at the request of Justin Verlander. Verlander pitched for the Detroit Tigers from 2005-2017. Fenech has been a beat..." August 23

  • Astros block Free Press from Justin Verlander’s postgame media session

    Detroit Free Press "The Houston Astros blocked the Detroit Free Press from attending Justin Verlander’s postgame media scrum on Wednesday night, violating Baseball Writers’ Association of America protocol and possibly the MLB collective bargaining agreement. The Astros..." August 22

  • Tigers Shut Down Top Prospect Casey Mize

    Detroit News "The Tigers’ top prospect, right-hander Casey Mize, has been shut down for the remainder of the season. General manager Al Avila made it clear that even though Mize had battled some shoulder fatigue in July, the decision to shut him down was not related to any..." August 21

  • MLB warns sexual enhancers may include PEDs

    ESPN "Major League Baseball in a memo warned about the "very real risk" of over-the-counter sexual-enhancement pills after at least two players this year were suspended for performance-enhancing drugs and claimed the banned substances found in their urine came from the unregulated products,..." August 21

  • Tigers face dilemma with pitching prospect Beau Burrows

    Detroit News "The numbers didn’t matter that much to the Tigers front office. Right-handed pitching prospect Beau Burrows, the club’s first-round pick in 2015, had a rough season at Triple-A Toledo. He dealt with a shoulder injury and he never really found a..." August 21

  • Justin Verlander, Astros historic favorites against Tigers

    ESPN "The Houston Astros are poised to be one of the largest favorites in an MLB game ever when they send Justin Verlander to the mound against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. The Astros are listed as -500 home favorites at Caesars Sportsbook and as high..." August 21

  • Garbage time, all the time: MLB sees historic spike in position players pitching

    USA Today "For years, it was perhaps the noblest surrender in sports, a rare raising of the white flag that mixed comedy, camaraderie and selflessness. Now, the sight of a position player climbing the mound to record the final outs of a lopsided major league game is an almost routine occurrence,..." August 21

  • Nicholas Castellanos Takes Spot-On Shot at Tigers When Discussing Trade Deadline Move to Cubs

    12 Up "Nicholas Castellanos already ripped the Detroit Tigers' home field of Comerica Park earlier this season, so what more could he say about his now former team? Even though we're three weeks removed from the trade deadline, Castellanos spoke to the media and was asked about the..." August 20

  • Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera ejected Monday ... for talking to Jose Altuve?

    Detroit Free Press "The curious case of Miguel Cabrera’s season-long issues with umpires continued on Monday night, when he was ejected from the Detroit Tigers’ dugout in the bottom of the fifth inning for … talking to Jose Altuve? “Yeah,” he quipped, after the..." August 20

  • Several home run records will fall this season

    Beyond The Boxscore "51 was a foreign number to me. At the age of seven, an emboldened 51 on the back of a baseball card simply didn’t belong in the home run column. It was absurd and grotesque. Hitting 50 bombs was something I read about in baseball history books (yeah, I was a weird second grader). It..." August 20

  • Each MLB Team's Most Boneheaded Decision of 2019

    Bleacher Report "With trade season over and the postseason still a good distance in the future, now is a perfect time to second-guess decisions Major League Baseball teams have made in 2019. Specifically, we've attempted to pinpoint each team's most boneheaded choice since the season properly..." August 20

  • 10 active MLB players who would make great managers after they retire

    CBS Sports "It's no secret that active managers and coaches are getting younger each and every year. Most recently, front-offices have become more open to hiring recently retired players to lead their clubs. With a higher reliance on analytics and less dependency on the Xs and Os, the..." August 20

  • The Best Young Starters Of 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’re nearing the end of the 2019 regular season, a campaign which has featured plenty of valuable contributions from young starters. By my count, no fewer than 10 starters age 25 or younger have excelled this year. Several of them could continue helping their teams’ causes once the..." August 20

  • Why Edwin Jackson writes 'CB' on his cap

    MLB.com "Before every time Edwin Jackson takes the mound for the Tigers, he writes on his cap the initials of a man he never met. He was hoping to meet Curt Balius last summer when the Athletics called him up to pitch in Detroit. Kevin Visser, the personal pitching instructor who helped..." August 19

  • MLB lifers decry the state of the modern baseball: 'Unwatchable'

    USA Today "The game is still played with the pitchers’ mound 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate, the bases 90 feet apart, three outs per half inning and nine innings in a regulation game. Those are about the only constants resembling the game of baseball as we once knew..." August 19

  • Each MLB Team's Worst Bang-for-Your-Buck Star in 2019

    Bleacher Report "As we head into the dog days of summer and toward the MLB stretch run, it's as good a time as any to examine every team's worst bang-for-your-buck star. This isn't an exact science. But we'll consider each player's 2019 salary (per Spotrac) versus..." August 16

  • Minor league options can be a major league headache, but it beats the alternative

    SB Nation "Watch any major league game these days, and you’ll probably see both managers make several trips out to the mound to make a pitching change. Heavy reliance on relief pitchers lends itself to roster churn, a near-constant replenishing of bullpen arms. It’s created a class..." August 16

  • 12 Pitchers Whose Saves Tallies Will Drive 2020 Earnings

    MLB Trade Rumors "The ability to handle late-inning pressure still has value to teams. But the accumulation of saves, standing alone, isn’t generally the driver of open-market bullpen salaries that it once was. For arbitration, however, saves tallies pay big, opening the door to significant earning..." August 16

  • 6 Extended Players Who Have Improved In 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "There was a well-documented run on contract extensions prior to this season, which bled into the current campaign in multiple instances. All told, 30 players inked multiyear pacts with their clubs between January and April. We highlighted five last week who’ve disappointed this..." August 16

  • Predicting 2020 Landing Spots for Each Top MLB Free Agent Post-Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Now that the Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone, up next on the list of things to look forward to are the stretch run of the regular season and, of course, the postseason. But let's skip right past those and look ahead to free agency. We have fresh..." August 15

  • Every MLB contender's most important player for the playoff race

    USA Today "With just six weeks left in the regular season, baseball's playoff races are heating up. Several divisions are still in play, which trickles down to the wild-card races, particularly in the National League with seven teams within 4 ½ games. Here's a..." August 15

  • Tigers position players are the worst of the last 20 years

    Beyond The Boxscore "Tommy Lasorda once said, “No matter how good you are, you’re going to lose one third of your games. No matter how bad you are, you’re going to win one third of your games. It’s the other third that makes the difference.” Aside from not giving any practical insight..." August 14

  • Who Else Could Hit Outright Waivers In August?

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have made a pair of claims already, nabbing Kevin Gausman from the Braves and Freddy Galvis from the Blue Jays. While the Cincinnati organization still hasn’t manage to make a run into clear postseason contention, it’s in shouting distance and obviously..." August 14

  • 15 pitchers who may be approaching an innings limit, including Mike Soroka and Chris Paddack

    CBS Sports "We're inside seven weeks to go in the 2019 season, which means every pitcher has about 8-9 starts and maybe 45-50 innings remaining. That is, if they're allowed to use them. Innings limits are a fact of life. When a guy's workload enters uncharted territory, you..." August 13

  • Blaine Hardy's struggle with arm pain ends with season-ending PRP injection

    Detroit News "It came down to the lesser of three bad options for Tigers veteran reliever Blaine Hardy. After pitching, and mostly pitching well, through elbow and forearm pain all season, it came down to this: ?He could continue pitching through the pain, which recently had been having negative..." August 13

  • Top takeaways from MLB's 2020 schedule release

    ESPN "Good news if you're a Tigers, Orioles, Mariners or Royals fan: You can start prepping for 2020! MLB released its 2020 schedule and here are some key dates to know. Opening Day, March 26: All 30 teams will open up on a Thursday in late March. At least MLB did a better job of..." August 12

  • MLB unveils 2020 schedule with 30-team Opening Day set for March 26

    The Score "Major League Baseball has announced the schedule for the 2020 season, which will officially begin with all 30 teams playing Thursday, March 26.  MLB Communications cataloged some noteworthy contests on next season's calendar, including the first game at the Texas..." August 12

  • Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann 'feels good' as he works back from nerve-block injection

    Detroit News "Jordan Zimmermann was coming off two straight encouraging starts and the last thing he wanted to do was be shut down again. He'd already missed two months and was just starting to regain some life on his fastball and bite on his slider. And yet, if he had to sit for any length of..." August 12

  • 2020 Vesting Options Update

    MLB Trade Rumors "With over two-thirds of the 2019 season in the books, let’s check in to see how seven players are progressing towards possible vesting options in their contracts.  For those unfamiliar with the term, a vesting option is an agreed-upon threshold within a player’s contract..." August 12

  • Tigers’ JaCoby Jones done for season with wrist injury

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones is likely out for the rest of the season after an CT scan revealed a sprained wrist. Jones left Thursday’s game after getting hit by a pitch on his left wrist. X-rays were negative. But he went for further tests on Saturday after the..." August 11

  • Tigers release 2 players, including veteran Josh Harrison

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have released veteran second baseman Josh Harrison. Harrison had just wrapped up his rehab assignment in Triple-A Toledo and rather than find a spot for him on the Major League roster, the Tigers decided to cut ties. Harrison, who signed a one-year, $2..." August 09

  • Edwin Jackson is back, and he’ll start for Tigers on Friday

    Michigan Live "Veteran starting pitcher Edwin Jackson will return to the mound in a Detroit Tigers uniform for the first time in nearly a decade on Friday night. The Tigers said they plan to select Jackson’s contract from Triple-A Toledo before the game against the Kansas City..." August 09

  • Tigers Select John Schreiber

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers announced Thursday that they’ve selected the contract of right-hander John Schreiber from Triple-A Toledo. He’ll step into the vacancy that was created when Detroit designated veteran reliever Trevor Rosenthal for assignment..." August 08

  • 6 Non-Tendered Players Who Could Be Re-Tendered This Fall

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLBTR is the hottest spot on the internet for all your arbitration needs! I know, I know … bold marketing statement. But it’s true. We take the arb process seriously in these parts, from essential arbitration projections to detailed breakdowns to in-time coverage of the..." August 08

  • Early Team-by-Team MLB Free-Agency Predictions Post-2019 Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The MLB trade deadline is in the rearview. We're headed for the stretch run. Let's pause for a moment to gaze ahead at the upcoming free-agent market and predict the direction each team will take.  It's early, sure. But it's an interesting thought..." August 07

  • Tigers Claim David McKay

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers announced that they’ve claimed right-hander David McKay off waivers from the Mariners and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo. The move fills Detroit’s 40-man roster. McKay, 24, made his big league debut with Seattle earlier this season, tossing seven innings out of..." August 06

  • Re-Ranking MLB's Top 10 Lineups Post-Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Pitching might win championships, but a sputtering offense can derail a title run just as quickly as an underperforming starting rotation or a porous bullpen. More than a few notable hitters changed teams at this year's trade deadline, while other squads have made in-house..." August 06

  • Tigers place starter Jordan Zimmermann on injured list

    Detroit News "The Detroit Tigers placed right-hander Jordan Zimmermann on the injured list Monday with a right cervical spasm, and activated right-hander Spencer Turnbull to start Monday night's game against the Chicago White Sox.   The Tigers also recalled right-handed..." August 06

  • Tigers turned down deals for Javier Baez and Alex Bregman at 2017 trade deadline to keep Michael Fulmer

    Detroit Free Press "After a few days of reflection, some phone calls and many more text messages around the league, there's a meme to describe the Detroit Tigers’ early returns at the trade deadline: "Not great, Bob." At an important trade deadline, the Tigers turned two of their..." August 04

  • MLB's Juiced Ball Controversy Has Pitchers Scrambling and Suspicious

    Bleacher Report "As Jose Martinez walked toward his position in right field during batting practice one day earlier this summer, he casually bounced a ball into the infield dirt. The scene was striking: The baseball hit the dirt with a thud, bounced up waist-high, and Martinez caught it with his right..." August 02

  • These scientists may have solved MLB's 'juiced' baseball problem

    USA Today "In cardboard boxes and plastic bins. On shelving units and tabletops. Even suspended in midair, as if by magic. In the sprawling Sports Science Laboratory at Washington State University, baseballs are everywhere. In flight, too, when they’re fired out of air..." August 02

  • 10 offseason trade candidates, with Noah Syndergaard and a pair of Pirates back on the block

    CBS Sports "Now that Major League Baseball's trade deadline has passed, it's time to focus on the more important things in life. Like, say, offseason trade candidates. That's right, we've decided to look ahead to the winter and highlight 10 players who could soon be on the move. To those..." August 02

  • Nicholas Castellanos on the Detroit Tigers: ‘This was my college’

    Detroit Free Press "The first time Nicholas Castellanos walked into Comerica Park as a Detroit Tiger, he was 21 years old and wore a thick goatee. His hat was too big — as was his uniform — and he couldn’t stop smiling. He wore No. 30, played left field and was a great quote even back..." August 02

  • Top 10 players who didn't get dealt at MLB trade deadline

    USA Today "Major League Baseball's trade deadline is now behind us and while there were a few fireworks, most of the big names rumored to be available ended up staying put. Here's a look at 10 of the top players who didn't get traded: Madison Bumgarner..." August 01

  • 4 Dumbest Decisions Teams Made at the MLB Trade Deadline

    12 Up "If not for the Houston Astros swooping in at the buzzer to acquire Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks, we experienced a fairly unentertaining MLB trade deadline. Sure, we saw some shrewd moves in addition to two stars in Trevor Bauer and Marcus Stroman get dealt, but that was..." August 01

  • Ranking and evaluating the 15 best prospects traded at MLB trade deadline

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed on Wednesday afternoon, bringing with it a flurry of activity. We've covered almost every noteworthy deal elsewhere, but we wanted to dedicate some bandwidth to the prospects who were moved as part of the silly season. Below you'll find..." August 01