2014 Fantasy Baseball: Disappointments — AL Starting Pitchers

Justin VerlanderSource: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America Pitching in fantasy baseball is an interesting dichotomy. On the one hand, pitching has never been more dominant at any time in fantasy baseball. Sure, they played some Stratomatic back in the 1960s, but fantasy baseball has only been popular in the internet age. In the internet age, hitting has always been king. That...
Via The Fantasy Fix
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Twins Rumors: Torii Hunter and Minnesota have 'common interest'

Torii Hunter has been getting a lot of interest in this free agency period. Teams looking for a bat that can produce runs and get on-base have been knocking on his door. However, Hunter may have let it be known where he wants to go already. #456559322 / Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press reports that Hunter and the Minnesota Twins have a common interest in one...
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Fantasy Team Preview: Detroit Tigers by Nick Shlain

Victor Martinez is back, Miguel Cabrera is still there, and those are two reasons why you shouldn`t sleep on the fantasy options in Motown.
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014: The 5th Inning (13-5)

The boys are back in town. And the name of the place is “I Like It Like That.” So the Detroit Tigers are now: SP Verlander SP Scherzer SP Sanchez SP Porcello SP Smyly RP Nathan RP Alburquerque RP Chamberlain RP Coke RP Hardy RP Smith RP McCoy C Avila C Holaday 1B-DH Cabrera 2B Kinsler SS-2B Romine SS Suarez 3B Castellanos IF-OF Kelly RF Hunter CF Jackson LF-CF Davis LF-RF J....
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Twins and Torii Hunter share interest in reunion

Could Torii Hunter return to the Minnesota Twins? According to the Pioneer Press the outfielder and his former team have a “common interest” in a reunion. “I came there as a young boy and came out a man. I always hold true to Minnesota Twins values I was taught,” said Hunter. Hunter says he is a fan of new Twins manger Paul Molitor and it is also worth mentioning that the...
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Detroit Tigers rumors: Francisco Rodriguez edition

If you are getting tired of reading articles about the Detroit Tigers adding pieces to their bullpen, you may want to look over the games they played last year and see why improving their bullpen has to be priority number one. The Tigers arguably had the worst bullpen in the league last year and it cost them a chance to go deep into the playoffs and bring home a World Series title...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sexual assault case reinstated against pitcher

DETROIT (AP) -- A judge reinstated a sexual assault case against pitcher Evan Reed on Friday, overturning a decision by another judge who found inconsistencies in the alleged victim's story. Reed is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was playing for the Detroit Tigers last spring when a woman says she was drugged at a bar before Reed took her to a Detroit casino...
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Q&A: Kevin Ziomek, Detroit Tigers Pitching Prospect (and the Next Drew Smyly?)

Kevin Ziomek carved up Midwest League hitters in his first full professional season. In 123 innings at West Michigan, the 22-year-old left-hander logged a 2.27 ERA and an 11.1 K/9. His top-flight numbers notwithstanding, he created surprisingly little buzz. The Detroit Tigers took Ziomek in the second round of the 2013 draft out of Vanderbilt […]
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Tigers claim RHP Zeid on waivers from Astros

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have claimed right-handed reliever Josh Zeid on waivers from the Houston Astros. The Tigers made the move Thursday. The 27-year-old Zeid was 0-0 with a 6.97 ERA in 23 games for the Astros. He went on the disabled list in late July and needed season-ending surgery on both feet because of a painful condition called bilateral sesamoiditis.
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Add Nesbitt and Machado, Claim Zeid From Houston

Additions to the 40-Man: The Tigers announced several roster moves today. They added minor leaguers Angel Nesbitt and Dixon Machado to the 40 man roster to protect them from the MLB’s Rule 5 Draft which takes place on December 11th. The deadline to protect players from this draft is at midnight tonight, November 20th. Dixon Machado as a member of AA Erie in 2014. Machado, whom...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Targeting Scherzer?

How will the Nationals maintain an elite rotation if they trade Doug Fister and/or Jordan Zimmermann as rumors persist? Detroit ace Max Scherzer cold be in Washington’s plans to fill a potential void. That word from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale in what is a very hot stove across Major League Baseball. The Yankees have also been rumored to have interest in the right hander, who...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
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Predicting a Max Scherzer Contract

I figure it makes sense to perform the same calculations I did for Jon Lester for Max Scherzer. I think the chance he signs with the Cubs is a lot lower than Jon Lester, but it’s theoretically possible. Basically, we only need to calculate a starting WAR, and I’ll be using a depreciation schedule of Year(N+1) = Year(N) * .85. Scherzer is projected by Steamer to reach 3.7 WAR...
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Pitching Backward: The Guy Who Makes Scherzer (Slightly More) Expendable by Jeff Long

Even if Max Scherzer leaves this offseason, the Tigers will have a dominant top four. A big part of that is Rick Porcello`s emergence. Here`s how it happened.
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Q&A: Dave Owen, Detroit Tigers’ Director of Player Development

As Detroit’s director of player development, Dave Owen is in charge of a farm system seemingly short on sure-thing talent. The team’s top prospect (according Baseball America), Devon Travis, was traded to Toronto for Anthony Gose. The No. 2 prospect, Steven Moya, struck out 161 times in Double-A. No. 3, Buck Farmer, had an 11.57 […]
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Miguel Cabrera tweets post-foot surgery photos

Twitter For what seemed like much of last season, Miguel Cabrera played with a bum wheel.  On October 22nd (pictured above), he underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his right foot.  On Tuesday, he tweeted post-surgery photos. Cabrera’s tweet loosely reads, “Thank God for giving me the strength to play with a fractured foot.”  There...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees reportedly considering talks with Max Scherzer

After showing little interest in any high-priced player this offseason, the Yankees sound like they may be reconsidering their reported plan to avoid spending a lot of money and go after one of baseball's top free-agents — namely right-hander Max Scherzer.The Tigers' workhorse is arguably the top starter on the market this year, on a list which also includes Jon Lester...
Via The Other Paper
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer an option for the Yankees?

The New York Yankees were expected to be quiet this winter, but there’s at least one big-name free agent they could be eyeing. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Monday night that the Yankees have made “brief contact” with agent Scott Boras about free-agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer. According to the report, the Yankees might “revisit” their earlier plans to lay low...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Rumors: Tigers may still bring Scherzer back

The Detroit Tigers have already brought back the biggest bat on the market when they re-signed Victor Martinez to 4-year contract last week and's, Jason Beck, is reporting that they are still hopeful to bring back ace pitcher Max Scherzer the best pitcher available.#457585108 / gettyimages.comWhen asked on MLB Newtork Radio about the interest of the Tigers re-signing...
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Tigers exercise $5.4M option on C Alex Avila

The Detroit Tigers have exercised the $5.4 million option on catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. Avila fell 43 plate appearances short of a $100,000 bonus for next season.“I’m happy they did (pick up the option),” Avila told Chris Iott of MichiganLive, “and I’ll be ready to go for next season.”Avila, a six-year player, broke into the league in 2009, but it was not...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers exercise Alex Avila's $5.4 million option

DETROIT -- Alex Avila's $5.4 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Detroit Tigers. Avila, who turns 28 in January, hit .218 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs last season, although concussion problems have become a concern over the last couple years. Detroit would have owed him a $200,000 buyout if it had declined the option. In 2014, Avila fell 43 plate appearances short...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Detroit Tigers love Alex Avila, maybe you should too

Detroit Tigers fans far and wide seem completely fed up with Alex Avila. The Detroit Tigers themselves are not. They have signed off on his option year, which will keep Avila in Motown for the 2015 season at the price of $5.4M. Clearly Avila is not the player that took the American League by storm in 2011. That year, after a so-so rookie campaign, he hit .295 with 33 doubles, 19...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kate Upton and Justin Verlander learn to swing (PHOTOS)

Yup. That was Kate Upton and boyfriend Justin Verlander flying through air with the greatest of ease Saturday afternoon. The supermodel and Tigers pitcher took a class at the New York Trapeze School in Queens and posted photos of themselves on Instagram flying through the air as they learned to swing, reports Page Six of the N.Y. Post. Kate later posted, “I learned @justinverlander...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Four logical spots for Max Scherzer

Credit: AP/Paul Sancya Max Scherzer is arguably the top free agent on the market. After turning down a six-year, $144 million deal in 2013’s offseason, he’s looking to majorly cash in this winter. Scott Boras is Scherzer’s agent, meaning that a prolonged waiting game might ensue before he finally lands with an organization. In the meantime, here’s a look at what four teams...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Rumors: Detroit 'probably won't resign Torii'

The Detroit Tigers have been in the business of bringing back their own. They kicked that off by re-signing Victor Martinez earlier in the week. However, one player they seemingly will not bring back, outfield Torii Hunter. #457614524 / gettyimages.comDombrowski: "We probably won't re-sign Torii. I called Torii and his representative today and told them that."— Jason...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter probably won’t be returning to Detroit in 2015

The Detroit Tigers will more than likely have a new every day right fielder in 2015. GM Dave Dombrowski told Hunter that after the signing of Victor Martinez earlier this week, he wouldn’t be retained. From the Detroit Free Press… “I called and said it just didn’t look like it was going to fit the way the club was getting put together,” Dombrowski said. “Thanked him for...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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