Found February 10, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
I was listening to the Dear Mr. Fantasy podcast yesterday with guest Eno Sarris of, and he ran through the list of catchers who have had multiple good fantasy seasons after the age of 31. While “good” was never statistically defined, it included the usual suspects: Mike Piazza, Jorge Posada, maybe Ivan Rodriguez, and I’m probably forgetting one or two. Regardless, the list was short. Victor Martinez is 34 years old, and the last time we saw him he was 32 years old. He spent his age-33 season recovering from unexpected knee surgery after tearing his ACL last January. I’m not concerned about Martinez’s age at all. He’s on the older side, but he’ll be a DH this year. Alex Avila is Detroit’s every day catcher, and he’s pretty good. He’s not great, but at the very least he’s good enough to be a starting catcher on a World Series team. Martinez was an every day catcher in 2010 with Boston, playing 110 games behind the plate, but in 2011 with Detroit he donned the protective ...

For anyone interested, the Detroit Tigers are holding open tryouts in March

The Detroit Tigers aren’t picky about who tries out for their squad. They just want you to be in a certain age range and have prior professional experience. Everything else, according to Free Press reporter Anthony Fenech will be taken care of by the team. You can try out for the Tigers on March 4 in Lakeland. — anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) February 11, 2013 You must be...

Justin Verlander loves Detroit; wants to stay

All things considered, the Detroit Tigers are a pretty well-rounded team.  They have their weaknesses and question marks, but what team doesn’t?  What other teams do not have is a three-headed monster, each under 30-years old, that stacks up to the caliber of Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander.  Those three will account for $64 million of the Tigers roughly...

Bruce Rondon likely to close for Tigers in 2013

When it became clear that the volatile Jose Valverde would not be resigned, the question arose in fantasy circles on who would be the next closer for the Tigers. Joquin Benoit and Phil Coke, two savvy vets with ample late inning experience, looked to be possible replacements for the departed Valverde. According to a report on MLB Network, it appears as though 22 fireballer Bruce...

Tigers Pitchers/Catchers Report; Spring Begins (w/ schedule)

LAKELAND, Florida--- Even though many Tigers players may already be in the Lakeland, Florida area, today is the first day that pitchers and catchers report to training camp! Tuesday will be the first day of actual on-field drills. The rest of the squad reports on Thursday in anticipation for the teams' first full workout on Friday. The offseason may have been very brief, but...

Player Profile #100: Doug Fister | SP | DET

I love Doug Fister. If we didn’t have two people contributing to these projections, he’d probably end up higher in these rankings. However, George does have valid points whenever I start getting a little too excited about Fister’s fantasy prospects, and those points primarily surround Detroit’s porous infield defense. Fister has one of the strongest ground ball tendencies...

The Mock Salary Arbitration Case in Favor of Max Scherzer Seeking $7.4 million

On Thursday, I took part in a series of mock salary arbitration cases that are appearing on Baseball Prospectus. In the case, I covered the Tigers’ side if Max Scherzer had gone to hearing. It was a tough case to make. Scherzer certainly anchored the rotation behind Justin Verlander. The process of doing mock hearings is so enjoyable that I decided to play both sides of the street...

Justin Verlander Out of World Baseball Classic

Justin Verlander kept the door open for an appearance in the upcoming 2013 World Baseball Classic. But on Monday, about 24 hours before the Detroit Tigers’ pitchers and catchers were to report for spring training, Verlander put that notion to bed. Justin Verlander told the media this morning in Lakeland he will not participate in the WBC. #tigers — Brian Britten (@BBritten_Tigers...

The 2003 Detroit Tigers

With the dawn of Spring Training, this marks the 10-year anniversary of the infamous 2003 Detroit Tigers.  The club set an American League record with 119-losses thanks to historically awful pitching. Luminaries Nate Cornejo, Mike Maroth, Jeremy Bonderman, Adam Bernero, and Gary Knotts anchored the starting rotation.  The quintet combined for a 25-77 record (128 starts)/ 744.67...

Look Back and Ahead to 2013: Centerfield

Austin Jackson has been solid as the Tigers' everyday center fielder for three years now, and that won't change in 2013. The question remains, which Jackson will the Tigers get, the 2011 version that saw his average plummet, or the 2012 version with a strong walk rate and a .300 average?
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