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DETROIT The Tigers have been on a Closer Quest ever since Jose Valverde imploded at the end of last season.
Valverde converted 110 saves over three seasons for 22.9 million, and was a great pickup as the last viable closer available in that free agent market. Now Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski must choose wisely again in order to have a viable World Series shot.
The search has centered on 22-year-old rookie Bruce Rondon and speculation that Dombrowski should sign a proven closer such as free agents Brian Wilson and Rafael Soriano.
But I offer one name to keep in the back of your mind: Guillermo Willie Hernandez.
No, hes not making a comeback at 58. I bring up Hernandez because great closers come out of nowhere, and he certainly did.
Tigers general manager Bill Lajoie obtained Hernandez and backup first baseman Dave Bergman from the Phillies for outfielder Glenn Wilson and catcher John Wockenfuss on March 27, 1984, just days before breaking training camp in Lakeland, Fl...
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Will Rick Porcello still be with the Detroit Tigers when spring training rolls around next month? That’s one of the key remaining questions of the Tigers’ offseason, and it sounds as if the Porcello trade rumors may be picking up steam again.
Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reported that the Tigers may be involved in talks with the Cubs and Orioles over a possible three-way trade...
Since the Tigers re-signed Anibal Sanchez in late December, general manager has supposedly received numerous calls from teams looking to acquire a starting pitcher. The Tigers currently have six starters with Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Sanchez having rotation spots one through four locked up. Drew Smyly and Rick Porcello would vie for the fifth spot in spring...
In the first of a series intended on taking a look back to set the stage for the 2013 season, TigsTown takes a look at how the catcher position performed in 2012, and what might be expected for 2013 out of Alex Avila and the rest of the catchers.
It’s pretty odd that PlayStation is making a guy who became the first guy to win the American League Triple Crown since 1973 plea for your votes to be on a video game cover.
It’s also odd that they had him do it in Spanish.
In case the pending start of a delayed NHL season does not have you excited enough, Justin Verlander tweeted out a reminder that spring training is not that far away, either:
Arrived in Lakeland #37daysandcounting #pitchersandcatchers twitter.com/JustinVerlande…
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) January 7, 2013
Tigers’ pitchers and catchers are set to report to camp during...
Tomorrow the polls officially open and the voting begins to find the next cover athlete for MLB 13: The Show. If you’re not familiar with MLB: The Show, it’s highly regarded as one of the best sports game franchises around bringing you as close to the diamond as you can get without actually being in uniform and playing for your favorite team.
Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen...
David Denson, a 17-year-old first baseman from South Hills High School in California, recently put on a display that left agents and scouts drooling on themselves and had to turn the heads of power hitters like Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera and L.A. Angels Josh Hamilton. Participating in the DPL Baseball Power Showcase at Marlins Park, [...]