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TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

KATOH Projects: Detroit Tigers Prospects

Previous editions: Baltimore / Boston / Chicago AL / Chicago NL / Cincinnati  / Cleveland / Colorado. Earlier this week, lead prospect analyst Dan Farnsworth published his excellently in-depth prospect list for the Detroit Tigers. In this companion piece, I look at that same Detroit farm system through the lens of my recently refined KATOH projection system. There’s way more...
Via Fangraphs
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers 2016 offensive preview: infield and DH edition

Detroit Tigers fans, we’re almost there. Pitchers and catchers reporting. Photos of beautifully sunny spring training venues scattered across Twitter for all to see. Hearing how player X is in the ‘best shape of his life’ (wait, didn’t he say that last year?). These are the sights and sounds of spring that we clamor for and next week it is all upon us once more. Having already...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Detroit Tigers

Other clubs: Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Indians, Orioles, Reds, Red Sox, Rockies, White Sox. To say the Tigers have had a “type” is an understatement. They have consistently brought in hard-throwing pitchers with either command or secondary-pitch questions, and most of them have ended up as relievers by the time they make it to the big leagues. As Kiley pointed out in last...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2016 Detroit Tigers Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

The Tigers snapped a six-season streak of .500, or better, baseball. Last year, they were 74-87. That was the fewest amount of wins in Detroit since 2008. Dave Dombrowski isn't the GM in Detroit anymore, but the Tigers still made waves in the offseason. New general manager, Al Avila, added Justin Upton in January. Upton inked a six-year, $132.75 million contract. Avila also bolstered...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

JD Martinez, Tigers finalize $18.5 million, 2-year deal

DETROIT (AP) J.D. Martinez and the Detroit Tigers finalized their $18.5 million, two-year contract Wednesday, a deal that avoided salary arbitration. Martinez will earn $6.75 million this year and $11.75 million in 2017. The 28-year-old outfielder can become a free agent after the 2017 World Series. When the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month, Martinez had...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers to avoid arbitration with J.D. Martinez

Breaking news here late on this Monday night as it is being reported that the Detroit Tigers and outfielder J.D. Martinez have agreed to a two year, $18.5 million dollar deal, eating up the final two years of Martinez’s arbitration eligibility. Have heard unconfirmed rumblings that the #Tigers and JD Martinez have agreed to a two-year, $18.5 million deal. — Robert Murray (...
Via The Majors Detroit
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Can Shane Greene bounce back in 2016

At the beginning of the 2015 season, right handed starter Shane Greene looked like an absolute steal for the Detroit Tigers. He began the season winning his first 3 games and allowing just 1 earned run during those 3 games. Then the wheels began to come off. Over his next 3 games he gave up a combined 20 earned runs. Greene became so consistently bad that he was demoted to AAA Toledo...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The one time the Tigers blatantly committed sexual discrimination…

Mike Mulholland | MLive.com It was over 30 years ago, in different times, but the Detroit Tigers were guilty of sexual discrimination.  Blatantly.  Tony Paul, baseball writer for the Detroit News, retweeted a letter from a Tigers fan Thursday.  And in a word, wow. Now, I have met Dan Ewald, the author of the letter, and he does a lot of good things for the community.  But still…wow...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
8 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Justin Upton knocks it close at the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium

Twitter Justin Upton did the golf equivalent of lining a double off the center field wall Wednesday at the 16th hole at the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course.  Known for being the rowdiest hole in all of professional golf, Upton gave the people what they wanted in the pre-tournament Pro-Am. I smell an Oakland Hills or Detroit Golf Club membership in his future...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Two Reasons to Consider the Tigers in the AL Central

The Detroit Tigers, though they have yet to win the ultimate prize, have clearly been one of the game’s premier franchises over the past few seasons. Before 2015’s 74-87 disappointment, they had reached the playoffs the previous four seasons, earning one AL pennant and two other ALCS berths over that span. In the five previous seasons, going back to the beginning of the Jim Leyland...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the 2016 Detroit Tigers starting rotation be elite?

Last April the Detroit Tigers rolled into the regular season with a starting rotation of David Price, Anibal Sanchez, Shane Greene, Alfredo Simon and Kyle Lobstein. My how times have changed. The only holdover from that group is Sanchez, the same pitcher who gave up 29 homers in 2015, by far the most of his career, while also posting his worst full-season ERA (4.99) since turning...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander calls out Twitter troll

Justin Verlander’s activity on Twitter and Instagram exposes himself to some of the worst people around – the internet tough guy and trolls.  On Wednesday, he posted a selfie while watching television with his dog Riley.  Harmless, right? Twitter And because the majority of “fans” have no clue what it’s like to be an athlete on a high level, in the offseason no less...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Motor City Uncut 90: Did the Tigers go the SABR route this offseason?

On this week’s edition of Motor City Uncut we ask the question if the Tigers were going a more sabermetrics route this offseason? We also get into the most frustrating thing about being a Detroit Sports fan, who the Red Wings should potentially target via trade, what Michigan football can’t say they are anymore and much more! Tune in for the LIVE show at 8PM ET on DETROIT.THEMAJORS...
Via The Majors Detroit
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals pursuing Yoenis Cespedes

The Washington Nationals have reportedly emerged as a suitor for Yoenis Cespedes. According to FOX Sports’s Ken Rosenthal, the team has made Cespedes an offer, and ownership is “intrigued” by the outfielder. The offer, however, is reportedly for less than the Tigers gave to Justin Upton, who Rosenthal reports was also being pursued by the Nationals before ultimately joining...
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers spend owner's 'pizza money' in effort to win it all

On Monday, Mike Ilitch and the Detroit Tigers made their second free agent signing worth over $100 million this offseason, signing Justin Upton to a six year, $132.75 million deal which equates to 4,425,000 Hot-N-Ready Little Caesars pizzas per season. In addition to Jordan Zimmermann, who was brought in for five years and $110 million, the Tigers already had Miguel Cabrera...
Via The Outside Corner
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Is a major trade coming for the Detroit Tigers?

Are the Detroit Tigers about to make a trade involving one of their biggest pieces? No, I don’t have an inside scoop. No, I don’t have a story that nobody else does. I’m just good at making spreadsheets and letting them do all the math for me. To make a long story short, the Detroit Tigers have effectively reached the “salary cap”, the luxury tax threshold, that once they...
Via The Majors Detroit
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Bruce Rondon got into a brawl in the Venezuelan Winter League

Crazy things tend to happen in Winter League baseball. In the Venezuelan Winter League this weekend, Detroit Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon, playing for Magallanes, got into a brawl with Pirates minor leaguer Jose Osuna, playing for Margarita. It looks like the cause of the brawl was Osuna having an issue with Rondon’s pickoff attempt, which led to some words being exchanged...
Via The Comeback
December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers’ Zimmermann upsets fans with pro-Packers tweet

Jordan Zimmermann has been with the Detroit Tigers for only a few short days after signing a five-year, $110 million contract. Unfortunately, he’s already found himself on the local fans’ bad side due to some social media activity in which he celebrated the Green Bay Packers’ stunning 27-23 win over the Detroit Lions. Zimmermann took to Twitter shortly to commemorate Aaron...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander tells off Tigers fan on Twitter

It has been more than two months since the 2015 MLB season and it will be another four before the new one begins, but we already have fans beefing with players on social media. On Thursday night, Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander sent a tweet that encapsulated the emotions of Detroit fans after the Lions lost to the Packers on a Hail Mary. Speechless #Lions — Justin Verlander...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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