Found June 25, 2012 on

The Detroit Tigers are all in for the 2012 MLB season, having proven that after they signed Prince Fielder to a massive nine year contract worth well over $200 million. That came on the heels of learning they would be without the services of Victor Martinez for the entire season. By signing Fielder and moving Miguel Cabrera to third base, Detroit fired a warning shot that they were doing everything possible to make a run at a World Series championship within the next couple of years. But the Tigers are still struggling this season, as they currently sit at 35-37, three games behind the Chicago White Sox for first place in the American League Central. The offense is inconsistent, and the pitching has not been exactly been stellar at times. And where the Tigers have already sacrificed defense for offense by moving around Cabrera, would they consider adding one more big bat who is not exactly known for his play in the field? Hanley Ramirez is not exactly a happy camper in South Beach. While it is difficult to understand how anyone can be displeased while making the amount of money that Ramirez does, he was not thrilled when the Miami Marlins brought in Jose Reyes, therefore bumping Han-Ram from his natural position of shortstop over to play the hot corner. And with the Marlins still lagging behind the rest of the National League East and knowing that they are on the hook for another $31.5 million to Ramirez after this season, could a move be a possibility? It is highly unlikely that Miami would actively shop Ramirez. In fact, he has always been a personal favorite of team owner Jeffrey Loria. But Loria is also concerned about the bottom line. This is the same owner who blows up the team the year after they win a World Series. He has already done it twice. And with a new stadium and a losing record with the highest payroll in franchise history, losing will not sit well with the owner. The Marlins may not actively look to move Ramirez, but that is not to say they would not entertain offers for him either. The Tigers are suffering from a power outage in the middle of the infield, as Jhonny Peralta has been a disappointment this season. If Detroit offered to move Peralta and eat much of salary as well as all of that of Ramirez, as well as throwing in Rick Porcello and a few other prospects, a deal could be more of a possibility that one would think. It is also worth noting that Detroit and Miami have made for blockbuster trade partners in the past. The Tigers basically stole Cabrera (as well as the one-hit wonder known as Dontrelle Willis) for a package including Andrew Miller and Cameron Maybin, who are both with other clubs already after disappointing in Florida. It is just a thought, but as much as it may cost Detroit to acquire a slumping Ramirez, could you imagine a lineup featuring Cabrera, Fielder and Ramirez in the 3-4-5 slot? Throw in Martinez next season and the Tigers would more resemble the New York Yankees on offense than perhaps any other team in recent history.  

Game 2012.73: Tigers at Rangers

35-37, 3rd place, 3 games behind CWS. I realize that runs were a luxury over the weekend, but the Pirates are now 23-13 at home with a 2.28 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, all of which are best in the bigs. Quentin Berry’s 2 run home run yesterday was just the 22nd Tigers home run with runners on base this season, which is 13th in the AL. Only the Royals have hit less HR with runners on base...

Scherzer talks about pitching after tragedy

Max Scherzer talked to Tigers radio announcer Dan Dickerson before Monday's game against Texas -- Scherzer's first public comments since the death of his brother Alex last week. Alex Scherzer died Thursday in St. Louis at the age of 24. Max left the team for two days to be with his family, but returned to pitch Saturday in Pittsburgh. He allowed only three hits in six...

Game 2012.72: Tigers at Pirates

Detroit Tigers, 34-37, 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland. The Tigers couldn’t touch Cy Lincoln, McCutchen got an 0-2 fastball he liked very much, and that was that, a quick tidy victory for the Pirates. Well, the Tigers got the obligatory solo home run, and have still not been shut out this season.  So there’s that. Also Delmon Young got a walk, for those of you have have been holding...

Tigers' table-setters do their job

When the bottom five in the lineup aren't hitting, it's that much more important the top four become productive. And for the Detroit Tigers recently, having leadoff man Austin Jackson getting on base along with pesky second hitter Quintin Berry is giving plenty of chances for Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. Jackson reached base twice Monday and Berry got on three times...

Tiger Trade Rumors

It’s almost July, and in the world of the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball that means that trade talks are about to swirl. Fans will get worked up into a heavy lather over this guy or that guy and then General Manager Dave Dombrowski will pull a rabbit out of his hat and shock us all with an off the radar guy. See Doug Fister, circa 2011. Rick Porcello could be on the...

Verlander goes the distance in 3-2 win over Pirates

The Tigers avoided the sweep Sunday afternoon at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 3-2 victory from PNC Park. Justin Verlander went the distance for Detroit allowing 2 runs (both earned) on five hits with 1 walk and seven strikeouts. Verlander’s only real blemish of the game came in the 7th inning when Garrett Jones hit a 2 run home run to tie the game. “I actually didn’t...

Tigers 8, Rangers 2

Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, Rick Porcello struck out seven in six solid innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 Monday night. After their first 12 batters, the Tigers had already roughed up Rangers rookie right-hander Justin Grimm (1-1) for six runs and eight hits in the 100-degree heat. They had only five runs and 15 hits while losing...

Talkin’ Tigers Week in Review: Bullpen’s Stellar Service Highlights End of Interleague Play

Each Monday, good or bad, we’ll look back at the biggest theme of the week that was for the Detroit Tigers. While all the focus has rightfully been on the starting pitching and offense, the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen quietly put … Continue reading →

Game 2012.74: Tigers at Rangers

36-37, 3rd place, 2 games behind CWS. Rick P climbed the mound last night against the same team that battered him for the worst performance of his career eight weeks ago, and turned in his best performance of the year. He threw first pitch strikes to 19 out of 27 batters, and used the Texas heat to consistently threw his best sinker of the year down in the strike zone. Now, he still...

Grimm struggles in Rangers' loss to Tigers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs with a pair of doubles, Rick Porcello struck out seven in six innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 Monday night. After their first 12 batters, the Tigers had already roughed up Rangers rookie right-hander Justin Grimm (1-1) for six runs and eight hits. They had only five runs and 15 hits while losing...

Tigers-Rangers Preview

Detroit Tigers starter Rick Porcello has struggled in the past against the Texas Rangers, with Josh Hamilton doing some of that damage this year. Porcello's worst career regular-season ERA against an AL opponent is the work of the high-scoring Rangers heading into the opener of a three-game set Monday night in Arlington. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 12.27 ERA in three outings...

Fish Return To Win Column

The Miami Marlins put an end to a six game losing streak on Sunday with a 9-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.    The win was only the fifth of the month for Miami in June and was one of the more lopsided wins of the season.   The Marlins scored early and often behind an excellent effort from Mark Buehrle a day after Hanley Ramirez held a players only meeting. Buehrle improved...

Braun looking better than ever

It's as if nothing changed for Ryan Braun. As if he never had to fight for his name last winter. As if Prince Fielder was still hitting cleanup behind him in the Milwaukee Brewers lineup. Braun, 28, is almost exactly the player he was a year ago at this time. The uproar over his positive test for elevated levels of testosterone -- and successful appeal and avoidance of a 50...
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