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Should the Rays consider trading more pitchers?

Despite finishing the season just a single win away from .500 and being only two years away from a Wild Card victory, the Rays have been rumored to be interested in selling off some pieces. This isn’t a simple strategy of trying to get the most out of players who are only signed on for one more season, instead, the players rumored include relievers Jake McGee and Brad Boxburger...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball: David Price trade implications

There’s no question that the biggest move of this season’s trade deadline was the three-team deal sending David Price to the Detroit Tigers, Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners, as well as Drew Smyly and Nick Franklin to the Tampa Bay Rays. When this kind of blockbuster trade goes down, it’s impossible not to consider the fantasy implications it will have on the players...
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Mechanics tweak has Tigers' Smyly at top of his game

DETROIT -- Drew Smyly has never looked this efficient and dominant at the same time. The Detroit Tigers left-hander has carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning of his last two starts. Can he do that for a third consecutive start? "I hope so," said Smyly, whose next start is Thursday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox. "We'll see." Then he joked that "together" the beginning...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: should Drew Smyly stay in the pen?

First off, it is not panic time for the Detroit Tigers. They are 5-2 atop the AL Central and have three winnable games against the Padres this weekend. The pretty record however, does mask some cause for concern. And to absolutely nobody’s surprise, chief among them is the bullpen. What has been a shocker is closer Joe Nathan’s horrible start to the season. He is 1 for 3 in save...
April 11, 2014  |  2 Comments

Drew Smyly’s girlfriend Eryn Blatt wins the day (PICTURES)

Drew Smyly will have the opportunity in 2014 to prove that his left-arm is worthy of excelling in a starting role in the Big Leagues.  At his side, hopefully for Tiger fans on his right arm, will be girlfriend Eryn Blatt. As Smyly transitions back to being a starter after being arguably the Tigers’ most valuable reliever last year, Blatt will transition into being one of the dolls...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers will be careful with Smyly

LAKELAND, Fla. -- This season is all about the change for Detroit Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly. There's the changeup -- a pitch that he's finally developed to the point where it enabled him to get out of jams in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the New York Mets. Then there's the change in role -- moving from bullpen to rotation, which isn't easily accomplished. Consider this: With the regular...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Smyly begins return to Tigers rotation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Drew Smyly started his return to the rotation Wednesday after pitching out of the bullpen all of last season. Smyly, who started Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Braves, threw two innings for the first time since last June 23. Smyly allowed one run on two hits while walking one and striking out two. "I thought it went well," Smyly said. "My arm felt good...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers full of questions

When a team sees their payroll jump from approximately $148M to what figures to be a tad higher than $160M by opening day like the Detroit Tigers have from last year to this, you’d expect a product that is equal to or greater than the previous version. Well, so much for logic, and welcome to modern baseball where arbitration raises and ballooning free agent deals are driving payroll...
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Drew Smyly looks forward to being a starter again

DETROIT -- For Drew Smyly, starting is like going home. When the Tigers traded Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals, it opened a spot in the rotation for Smyly, who spent the entire 2013 season in the bullpen. "I was really shocked," Smyly said before the Tigers started their Winter Caravan. "I didn't really think it was going to happen. We had one of the best rotations and Fister...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers rumors: Domonic Brown edition

Before the Detroit Tigers made two big offseason trades and a free agent signing for a closer, I had suggested the possibility of a trade for Phillies left-fielder Domonic Brown. As the winter meetings have kicked off in Orlando this week so has the news that the 26-year old Brown is indeed on the market. One problem, the trade proposal that I set forth back then involved Doug Fister...
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

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