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DETROIT -- So just what did the Tigers do at baseballs winter meetings, which concluded Thursday in Nashville?
General manager Dave Dombrowski, for the third straight year, did nothing of major significance.
Perhaps the groundwork was laid for a trade or free-agent signing later this winter. But the signing of free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew and the trading of shortstop Jhonny Peralta never came close to happening at the Opryland Resort.
Agent Scott Boras tried baiting Dombrowski into signing his free-agent closer client, Rafael Soriano, by saying going with a rookie closer such as Bruce Rondon, which the Tigers are considering, poses a philosophical cliff and is seldom successful.
Dombrowski responded: Well, hes entitled to his opinion.
There was plenty of posturing and little big news anywhere across the baseball landscape. Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke remain unsigned, along with pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who finished the 2012 season with the Tigers.
What the Tigers did ...
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As the winter meetings concluded, many Detroit Tigers fans were left to wonder why team officials even showed up. The reality is that Detroit’s roster is pretty well set in stone at this point. Yes, a change at shortstop could happen, and another right-handed bat might be added to the outfield mix, but by and large, the Tigers have all hands on deck.
The Tigers did make a few moves...
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“I was kind of wondering, when...
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DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters that the pivotal decision Gene Lamont made in Game 2 of the World Series had nothing to do with Tuesdays announcement that Lamont would move from third-base coach to bench coach.
But there's no denying that Lamont's unsuccessful attempt to score Prince Fielder all the way from first on a Delmon Young double put Lamont...
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers traded left-hander Andy Oliver to the Pittsburgh Pirates for catcher Ramon Cabrera.
The 25-year-old Oliver was 5-9 with a 4.88 ERA in 19 starts and nine relief appearances this year at Triple-A Toledo.
Cabrera, 23, hit .276 with 22 doubles, three homers and 50 RBIs at Double-A Altoona.
The swap was announced Wednesday.
The Pirates announced something not quite a blockbuster today. They have traded AAA catcher Ramon Cabrera to the Detroit Tigers for LHP Andy Oliver. Cabrera had a pretty good year as a 22 year old at Altoona this season, eventually being promoted for a backup stint in AAA. Year Tm G PA AB R H [...]