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Detroit Tigers: two shaky keys to an improved bullpen

Is it possible that the ultimate success of the 2015 Detroit Tigers bullpen rests largely on the impact provided by two guys who threw exactly zero pitches in 2014? It’s not only possible but it’s more than probable. GM Dave Dombrowski has brought in a slew of candidates to compete for playing time this year out of what will be a new-look bullpen. Back from 2014 with guaranteed...
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

With Scherzer signed, should the Detroit Tigers go after James Shields?

With Max Scherzer now off the free agent market, there have been reports that the Detroit Tigers are looking at another free agent pitcher. This guy has World Series experience, has been a trusted veteran, and is asking for about half or even less than half of what Max Scherzer wanted. This guy’s name is James Shields and he would fit perfect with the Tigers. He is only asking...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tigers agree with right-hander Alburquerque on 1-year deal

  Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year contract. The Tigers announced the deal Sunday. The right-hander was the last Tigers player left in salary arbitration. The 28-year-old Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games last year for the AL Central champions. He made $837,500 last season and asked for $2.05 million this year...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer bids adieu to Detroit, Tigers fans

After unexpectedly signing with the Washington Nationals this week, former Detroit Tigers ace Max Scherzer said goodbye to Tigers fans and the city of Detroit with this full-page ad in the Detroit Free Press on Sunday. Max Scherzer thanks the #Tigers and their fans in a full-page ad in today's @freep. — Freep Sports (@freepsports) January 25, 2015 ...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer takes out full-page ad in the Free Press to thank fans

Max Scherzer and his wife Erica took out a full-page ad in the Detroit Free Press Sunday morning thanking the Ilitches, Detroit Tigers organization “and most of all the Detroit fans” after signing a seven-year, $210M contract with the Nationals last week. (Via the Free Press) “Thank you to Mr. Ilitch and the Tigers organization, teammates and most of all the Detroit fans...
Via The Majors Detroit
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: J.D. Martinez's Massive Back Squat as Michael Morse Distracts

Last week, Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez posted a video to his Instagram showing him executing a Back Squat with an impressive amount of weight. Miami Marlins 1B Michael Morse
Via Stack
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tigers will try Alex Avila at first base

In the event that Miguel Cabrera isn’t ready for opening day, the Tigers are looking at backup options for first base which apparently include working out Alex Avila at the position during Spring Training according to Jon Morosi. Tigers plan for Alex Avila to work out at first base a little in spring training, in case Miguel Cabrera is not ready for Opening Day. — Jon Morosi...
Via The Majors Detroit
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers have new look, still expect to contend

DETROIT (AP) Despite making plenty of changes in the offseason, the Detroit Tigers still expect to be a contending team. Team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski spoke at the team's annual TigerFest event at Comerica Park and addressed those issues. ''Our expectations are to win the division and try to win a world championship,'' Dombrowski said. ''It's just a less-certain...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Healthy Davis still believes Tigers are contenders

DETROIT -- Rajai Davis did not have the first playoff experience he hoped for, personally or team-wise. Davis, 34, suffered a grade 1 pubic symphasis strain at the end of the regular season that severely limited him in the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles. Although he batted .333 in the three games, Davis was not his usual speedy self. But that's all behind him now, Davis said...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Prince Fielder Poised To Regain His Throne Amongst MLB Royalty

Prince Fielder is hopeful for a baseball mulligan after an injury plagued first season with the Texas Rangers in 2014. The larger than life Fielder had build a reputation for durability after previously only missing one-game over the past five seasons as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers and Detroit Tigers. That all came to a screeching halt last season after the Rangers sent...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nathan hoping for better start in second season with Tigers

DETROIT (AP) -- It would be an understatement to say Joe Nathan's first season with the Detroit Tigers was a rocky one. Nathan blew seven saves, allowed his most walks in over a decade and tested the patience of fans at Comerica Park throughout 2014. "It was a roller coaster," Nathan said. "I think my downs were early, my ups were later, which, if I was going to choose a way to have...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

How Detroit Tigers Fans Will Remember Max Scherzer

Now that Max Scherzer has officially signed with the Washington Nationals and all the dust has settled, how will his time in Detroit be remembered by Tigers fans? 1. The Guy Edwin Jackson was Traded for. Scherzer was a involved in the trade that sent Curtis Granderson to New York and brought Scherzer, Austin Jackson, Phil Coke and Daniel Schlereth to Detroit. Scherzer was acquired...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' Avila to try new mask this season

TOLEDO, OHIO -- Tigers catcher Alex Avila will have a new look this season. Before their appearance in Toledo with Mud Hens fans, manager Brad Ausmus said that Avila will wear a hockey-style catcher's mask this season. "I tried it my very first spring training in a bullpen one time," Avila said. "I didn't give it much of a chance. I'm very traditional. When I started catching, I...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander takes photo next to large stacks of money

Justin Verlander and the Tigers winter caravan stopped by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in Detroit (what?!) Thursday and visited a very large sum of money.  JV Instagram’ed a photo next to all of the cashola in the world. He claims they’re all one hundred dollar bills.  I claim he should offer to defer some of his contract so the Tigers can still add to the payroll this...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' Iglesias 'will be healthy for 2015'

DETROIT -- Jose Iglesias is always smiling but this year he has a good reason for that. Iglesias, 25, missed all of last season because of bilateral tibial stress fractures. In other words, he had the worst shin splints ever. Iglesias looked happy at Comerica Park Thursday as the Tigers prepared to start their annual Winter Caravan. The injury forced Iglesias to spend a long time...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Announce Their Non-Roster Invitees For Spring Training

The Tigers have announced their 17 non-roster invitees to Big League Spring Training. They are listed below with a little information about their background. At this point, I don’t see any of them heading North with the big club. Pitchers: RHP Roberto Cabrera Last Year: AAA Iowa (Chicago Cubs) Opening Day Age: 26 Major League Career: 5.20 ERA, 27.2 IP, .225 BAA, 1.66 WHIP,...
Via The Majors Detroit
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers are in a payroll hell they can't escape

It seemed like that the longer Max Scherzer’s free agency dragged on, the more likely it would be that he returned to the Detroit Tigers. Of course, it didn’t happen that way – Scherzer agreed to a staggering seven year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals earlier this week. While it might seem a little bit shocking that the Tigers didn’t get involved in the...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tom Selleck has a history with baseball

A prime time powerhouse on the roster of Reagan Era television programs, “Magnum, P.I.” invokes images of Aloha shirts, a red Ferrari, and a Detroit Tigers baseball cap worn by the title character, Thomas Magnum. Tom Selleck played the character “with a shaggy charm that manages to cut through most of the cops and robbers blarney,” according to James Brown in the Dec. 11...
Via The Sports Post
7 days ago  |  Discuss

James Shields, The Detroit Tigers & The Bullpen

James Shields & David Price Now that Max Scherzer has signed on with the Washington Nationals, fans of the Detroit Tigers will look to see what will happen with another free agent pitcher, James Shields. There were reports last week that the agent of Shields was in contact with the Detroit Tigers. Whether or not that is true, it seems to make sense given the fact that the Tigers...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nats nearing seven-year deal with Max Scherzer

How’s this for an unexpected landing spot for Max Scherzer: the Washington Nationals? According to several media reports that began to trickle out on Sunday, Scherzer and the Nationals have mutual interest in one another, and the two parties are getting close on a seven-year contract. In fact, according to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore, the contract is “very close”...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Outfielder Connor Harrell Looks to Build Off Breakout Season

Outfielder Connor Harrell had a breakout season with the High-A Lakeland Flying Tigers in 2014. His performance really put him on the prospect map for the Detroit Tigers after being their seventh-round draft pick in 2013. Harrell actually put himself on the baseball map at Vanderbilt. He was their starting center fielder all four years he attended the school. He got the chance...
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera’s trophy case is better than yours (PHOTO)

Orlin Wagner/Associated Press Miguel Cabrera has re-discovered Instagram.  On Monday, Miggy posted a photo of his trophy case, likely from his Miami home. The headliners in his jam-packed shrine include: five Silver Slugger awards (up top), two American League MVP trophies (second shelf from the top), and his Triple Crown crown. Instagram [@officialmiggy24]
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
13 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Detroit Tigers

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Detroit Tigers. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Atlanta / Chicago […]
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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