Found November 05, 2011 on
The Detroit Tigers are reluctant to use center fielder Austin Jackson as their leadoff hitter for the 2012 season. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Tigers will look for one this off season as they do not have any logical internal candidates.
Crasnick says that Jose Reyes is the “dream candidate,” but that David DeJesus and Kelly Johnson are among the more likely candidates for the spot as they would be “lower-cost free agents.” By signing DeJesus or Johnson, the Tigers will have more money left over to fill the other holes they need to address this offseason.
Yesterday, we learned that the A's are likely to part ways with DeJesus and he could fill the void that was created when Magglio Ordonez departed.
Johnson hit .222/.304/.413 with 21 HR's and 58 RBI's in 545 AB's with the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks in 2011. DeJesus hit .240/.323/.376 with 10 HR's and 46 RBI's in 442 AB's with the A's in 2011.
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Justin Verlander tweeted yesterday afternoon that there would be a big announcement that night. Fans speculated whether there was going to be some kind of trade or signing involving the Tigers or whether it would be something more personal such as a marriage to his long-time girl friend. It turned out that the Tigers ace won both the MLB Players of the Year and the American League Outstanding
The Detroit Tigers looked like a solid choice to win the AL Central title in 2011, after adding slugger Victor Martinez at DH and not losing any major components. Sure enough, they won the division, even with Martinez only posting a 2.9 fWAR on the season. They got contributions from plenty of players, and won the division in a cakewalk after the Indians collapsed in the second half...
The first thing many fans look at in assessing a pitching staff is team ERA. Table 1 below shows that the Tigers finished seventh in the American League with a 4.04 ERA in 2011. They were also very close to the league average of 4.08. Does this mean that they had an average pitching staff?
Table 1: ERA for American League Teams, 2011
In a post to CBS Sportsline.com, Danny Knobler suggest the Detriot Tigers as the perfect fit for free agent short stop Jose Reyes stating:
For a team that badly needs to add speed, and would be helped by having a true leadoff hitter who would push Austin Jackson to the bottom of the batting order, Reyes could be the difference-maker.
Not only that, but Tigers people say that the...
Justin Verlander was asked how long it took him in the quiet days after the season ended to appreciate his 2011 season. The answer was classic Verlander, whose offseasons are anything but rest and relaxation.
How magnificently did the Tigers bullpen perform for Justin Verlander this season? How much did it contribute to his season? Verlander pitched three complete-game wins. In 21 other games, he turned a lead over to the bullpen in the seventh inning or later. In all 21 games, the bullpen held the lead the rest of the way. Thus Verlander went 21-0 in those games.
Justin Verlander, the Detroit Tigers flamethrower who spun a no-hitter in a season evocative of hall-of-fame names like Koufax, Gibson and Carlton, will grace the packshot of Major League Baseball 2K12, 2K Sports said. More »
On the plane ride home from their playoff elimination in Texas, several Tigers players chatted with one another.
Alright, free agent season is upon us. The Tigers were a couple of wins away from a World Series appearance and most of their key players will be back this year. Still, Dave Dombrowski has some work to do because the Tigers had some serious holes come playoff time. Let’s take a look….. Catcher – [...]
It's baseball's premier system of checks-and-balances -- the one player who can dominate a game, the starting pitcher, can pitch only once every five days.