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The Tigers closing situation is a quagmire. I know that the Tigers brass call it a committee with the demotion of Bruce Rondon, but I respectfully disagree. Let’s take a look at the current committee members.
Joaquin Benoit – Benoit looks to be the head of the committee – at least on Opening Day. The concern with Benoit (at least from Jim Leyland’s perspective) has been his ability to bounce back. Ben Lindbergh covers this fallacy nicely at Baseball Prospectus here. Benoit is 36 years old and has only 13 career saves, but has laways shown closer-worthy skills. He was hurt last year by an 18.2% HR/FB rate (car...
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The Detroit Tigers and Justin Verlander reportedly have agreed upon a five-year contract extension through the 2019 season with an option for 2020.
DETROIT, Michigan --
It's just about that time of year, Tigers fans! The weather may not feel like it, but baseball season is finally upon us. The Detroit Tigers are out to repeat as American League Champions and look to get back to the World Series. Here is your 2013 Detroit Tigers season preview:
-OF Torii Hunter - He's older, but if he can produce...
LAKELAND, Fla. The final piece of the Detroit Tigers' puzzle was settled Friday morning the order of the starters after Justin Verlander.
Anibal Sanchez will pitch the second game in Minnesota and Rick Porcello will follow him. Doug Fister will start the home opener and Max Scherzer will follow him.
"Scherzer was put on the back burner to start with and handled that...
LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander agreed Friday to a $180 million, seven-year contract, topping Felix Hernandez for the richest deal for a pitcher in baseball history.
“I love this city & the fans,” Verlander tweeted. “Couldn’t be more excited to spend my career here! We’re going to bring a World Series to Detroit!!!”
The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young...
It’s really neat because Justin Verlander is a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. Get it? On Friday morning, the Tigers ace tweeted a photo of himself holding just about the most adorable tiger cub in the world, tweeting that he was taking it in as his new pet. Of course, Verlander was probably joking … or was he? After all, his rumored girlfriend Kate Upton claimed that she was...
Justin Verlander is now the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.
For the last several seasons, Justin Verlander has been arguably the most dominating pitcher in baseball.
Now he’s going to be paid like it.
The 30-year old Tigers right hander agreed to a 7-year, $180-million contract just before the start of the season. The deal includes an option for an 8th year that could vault...
Tweet With Major League Baseball’s opening day quickly approaching the Detroit Tigers are getting ready to close up shop at their spring training home, Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL. Friday’s matchup versus the Tampa Bay Rays was the last home game of Detroit’s Grapefruit League schedule and prior to the game the team was [...]
It was a good Friday, indeed.
Justin Verlander signed a contract extension through 2019 that could vest to include 2020. It will allow him to buy another Aston Martin or two or 20, a small island, his own golf course or a mansion for every member of his family.
Verlander has the richest contract ever given a pitcher and will collect either 180 million or 202 million by the time...
The Detroit Tigers announced on Friday afternoon that they have extended their ace Justin Verlander for another five years beyond his current contract, which expires after next season. With a vesting option for a sixth year, the 2011 Cy Young and MVP winner could be a Tiger through the year 2020, when Verlander will be 37 years old.
The news was teased about a half hour before...
Check out my new pet TIGER! Hoping Riley gets along with him twitter.com/JustinVerlande…
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) March 29, 2013
Expensive, but adorable!
(I'm talking about the pet tiger, not JV.)
Doug Fister had a positive exhibition finish in preparation for his first regular-season start, against the New York Yankees.
Fister gave up two runs and seven hits over six innings for the Detroit Tigers in a 3-3 tie with the Tampa Bay Rays in the exhibition finale for both teams on Saturday.
''I thought he pitched really well,'' Detroit manager Jim Leyland said...
Ahh, Opening Day. Every team is in first place. Every fan has hopes for the post season. If at least for one day.
I remember the start of the ’07 season. Coming off a 2006 WS appearance (which looked inevitable mid-season, impossible in September, and then undeniable in October), I hoped the addition of Gary Sheffield and another year of experience for Robertson, Maroth and Verlander...
One way of measuring the Tigers against the other AL Central teams is to judge which of those opposing players could crack Detroit’s lineup. These guys aren’t necessarily “better than,” but I would argue that they are all “as good as” or darned close. (This kind of comparison doesn’t really work for pitching staffs; if you disagree, by all means have a go at it yourself...