Found October 30, 2012 on
As the disappointment of the Detroit Tigers conclusion to the 2012 season sets in, it’s time to shift focus to next year. GM Dave Dombrowski has already made several major announcements. Among them:
Jim Leyland and his entire coaching staff (including co-hitting coaches Toby Harrah and Lloyd McClendon) will all be back.
Jhonny Peralta’s $6M option for 2013 has been picked up. Barring a creative offseason trade, he will be the starting shortstop again next year.
Detroit also picked up the option for Octavio Dotel. His contract is valued at $3.5M for next year. Arguably, Dotel was Detroit’s most consistent reliever in 2012.
This helps clear up a few things heading into the offseason, but none of these moves were particularly unexpected.
Bye, bye Delmon Young. And thanks for the memories.
Several players are no longer under contract, which will temporarily relieve (pending arbitration raises) some of the $133M payroll the Tigers forked out in 2012. Jose Valverde and his $9M contract will be quietly escorted out of town. Delmon Young, a virtual steal at $6.75M, will test free agent waters and not return due simply to lack of available space as Victor Martinez will occupy the DH role. The $5.5M the Tigers paid for Brandon Inge’s services also come off the board. Gerald Laird becomes an unrestricted free agent as well but is someone the Tigers will consider re-signing for another 1-year deal. If they don’t bring Laird back, then you can expect Bryan Holaday to be the backup catcher next year.
Most of the core of the Tigers’ roster remain completely under team control. The following players are arbitration eligible this offseason:
Max Scherzer – he will get a substantial raise from $3.75M. Probably in the $6-9M range.
Doug Fister – welcome to being a millionaire Doug! He made $575K last year. He’ll likely get $4-7M in arbitration.
Rick Porcello – he made $3.1M this year and will get a bump to around $5M.
Phil Coke – he’ll get a slight raise from the $1.1M he made in 2012.
Alex Avila – he pulled in $510K and will join the millionaire club along with Fister. Probably between $1.5-2M.
Don Kelly made $900K this year and is arbitration eligible. The Tigers have made the decision to remove him from the 40-man roster. His bat vanished in 2012. Not a good sign for a bench player. Hopefully he catches on somewhere else.
Brennan Boesch – he made $502,500 in ’12 and is another player Detroit had to ponder. But the Tigers will tender him a contract this offseason. He’s still cheap, young, and loaded with potential. If Detroit can bring him back mentally, he could be a huge asset in 2013. To me, he has too much upside at this point to sell while his value is at its lowest point, and Detroit recognizes that.
Austin Jackson – Jackson made $500K last year and isn’t due for just arbitration, he’s due for a long-term contract. The Tigers need to lock him up with something resembling a 5-year, $40M contract.
Ryan Raburn – his 2-year deal has expired, making him arbitration eligible. The Tigers will have to think long and hard about using up a roster spot with him again next year. Bet on that not happening.
Among other things at Dombrowski’s presser today, he indicated that they would love to re-sign Anibal Sanchez. He is going to be a hot commodity on the free agent market but clearly fit in well with the team after joining up in late July. It went so well in fact that he might settle for a few less pennies to stay in Detroit. If Sanchez does go elsewhere, the Tigers will most likely fill the rotation in the same way that they did to start 2012 with Drew Smyly as the 5th starter.
Dombrowski also mentioned minor league reliever Bruce Rondon as a likely member of the 2013 bullpen. He may end up as the closer sooner than you think. Maybe even Opening Day.
On the injury front, Omar Infante will be off from baseball activities for 4-6 weeks but will be ready for spring training. Alex Avila’s arm also checks out fine. After some rest, he should be ready to roll as well and hopefully improve on a disappointing 2012 season. Victor Martinez should also be fully healed for spring camp. There are no other injury issues of note.
BEST OF MAXIM
Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that the Detroit Tigers will hunt for corner outfielders this offseason. Which players might be on their short list? Continue reading →
The Detroit Tigers picked up 2013 contract options on reliever Octavio Dotel and shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Continue reading →
DETROIT -- The clubhouse of a team that just lost the World Series is a bittersweet place.
There was despair in the eyes of the Tigers, still reeling from the four-game sweep by the Giants that concluded with a 10th-inning defeat late Sunday night. But there also was an underlying sense of pride for what had been accomplished in bringing the American League pennant home.
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland would not commit himself to coming back to manage the team next year, but did say the Tigers will be the last team he manages. Leyland made the comments moments after the Tigers lost 4-3 in 10 innings to the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the World Series Sunday night. "I don't really know that," Leyland said on mlive.com. ...
The Tigers certainly did not win the 2012 World Series, but the Giants still allowed a small piece of the American League champions in on their celebration.
A champagne bucket with the words "World Series Champions 2012 Detroit Tigers" made its way into the Giants' celebration, as spotted by Yahoo! Sports' Les Carpenter.
The bucket, which held two champagne bottles...
The Detroit Tigers are set to sever ties with former Minnesota Twins outfielder Delmon Young, according to the Detroit Free Press.Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski met with the media and said his club doesn't plan to bring back Young, this year's American League Championship Series MVP. With Victor Martinez expected to be Detroit's designated hitter...
The Detroit Tigers may have come up short again in the 2012 World Series against the San Francisco Giants, but they are not looking for a scapegoat to assume the blame for the disappointing four game sweep. If they are, it is not manager Jim Leyland, who it was just announced would return to the Tigers for the 2013 MLB season.
Next year will be Leyland’s eighth season managing...
Watching the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series was like looking at a rerun of 2006. Team sweeps rival in American League Championship Series, team sits around a week waiting for the National League to wrap up, team looks pitifully weak while getting beat up in the World Series. The differences were the opponents -- St. Louis in 2006 and San Francisco this year -- and the...
Love him or hate him, Jim Leyland will be the manager of the Detroit Tigers in 2013.
CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler writes, that the Tigers have announced that manager Jim Leyland and the entire coaching staff will return for the 2013 season. This will also include Toby Harrah who will serve as a second hitting coach in addition to Lloyd McClendon.
DETROIT Bringing Jim Leyland back for another season was the right thing to do.
Not every Detroit Tigers fan will agree with that, but it's hard to argue with the results.
Consider this: In 2005, the season before Leyland arrived, the Tigers were 71-91 and finished fourth in the Central Division. And nobody needs to be reminded of the 119-loss season in 2003.
If you’re still in disbelief and infuriated about the World Series — I’m right there with you. But, let’s not get too hung up on the loss in the World Series and overlook some very memorable moments the Detroit Tigers brought their fans throughout a successful 2012 campaign.
Lets reminisce and take a look back on the top 10 moments of the 2012 season:
10. The rise of...
Yesterday, there was uncertainty whether the Tigers manager, Jim Leyland, would be back with the team for another season, but today, Brian Britten, the Tigers' Director of Media Relations, confirmed that the Tigers have extended Leyland through 2013.
The 67-year old manager has been in front of the Tigers for seven years. During that span, the team has a 607-528 record and two...
Last night, the San Francisco Giants claimed their second World Series title in the last three seasons with a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers that completed a four-game sweep. The Giants' triumph also allowed The Raceway in Sonoma to claim victory in their World Series wager with the Detroit Grand Prix. Per the rules of the bet, Detroit GP chairman Bud Denker must send Sonoma...