TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Tigers listening to interest in Iglesias

While teams have shied away from Ian Kinsler, slick-fielding shortstop Jose Iglesias has drawn interest this week at the Winter Meetings, Tigers general manager Al Avila confirmed Wednesday.
Via Tigers.com
13 hours ago

Stalled rebuild could work out for Tigers

The Tigers improved their chances to contend by their inability to do anything -- and their division competition decisively rebuilding. It's the bright side to what would otherwise be a frustrating Winter Meetings.
Via Tigers.com
14 hours ago

Ausmus doesn't expect many moves for Tigers

Brad Ausmus did not sound like a manager facing a rebuilding task as he took his spot in front of the cameras at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday. Instead, the Tigers skipper is planning for 2017 with the team he has now.
Via Tigers.com
1 day ago

MLB trade rumors: Tigers need to deal pitching in a weak market

Lack of quality free agents, and a general unwillingness to trade prospects may open an opportunity to move some dead weight. The Detroit Tigers have too many pitchers right now. More precisely, they have too many mediocre pitchers without options. At the same time, teams in need of starting pitching are faced with the worst crop of available free agents in recent memory. This may...
Via Bless You Boys
1 day ago

MLB trade rumors: The Tigers could buy low on Desmond Jennings

A couple of injury-filled seasons will drive down the outfielder’s price tag. With the Detroit Tigers it is impossible to rule out any sort of surprise move, but any blockbuster this offseason will probably see star players leaving the team instead of coming to the Motor City. Instead, if the Tigers want to compete, they will have to do so with smart, low-budget options that may...
Via Bless You Boys
3 days ago

Tigers offseason target: Austin Jackson could be a fit for center field

With a thin free agent market and undecided CF position, the Tigers could look to a familiar name for a little stability at the position. In a move that now feels like a lifetime ago, the Detroit Tigers traded Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels for some guy whose name we will most likely need the assistance of Google to remember on Opening Day. The trade left center field as...
Via Bless You Boys
3 days ago

2017 Minor League Preview: Detroit Tigers

It's for system writeups such as these that I save the high end scotch and vials of liquid acid. It's not only because the Tigers farm system is so barren, but because I can see my future as a Red Sox fan flash before my eyes. Here's to hoping Mr. Dombrowski, not scorching the earth of the Sawx farm the way he did the Tigers. With Detroit in full sell-mode, this could be one of the...
Via Razzball
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Tiger McGehee signs 1-year deal with Japan's Giants

TOKYO (AP) Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million. The Giants announced the signing on their official website on Sunday. McGehee played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2016 posting a .228 batting average. This will be McGehee's second stint in Japan. In 2013, he batted .292...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

If it benefited the Tigers Miguel Cabrera would welcome a trade

Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports The Tigers are in transition which seems to have come very apparent to first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Speaking to a group of reporters at his Miggyball charity event in Maracay, Venezuela, the Tigers’ slugger told reporters (in Spanish) that he “love(s) playing in Detroit” but the “doors are open” to a trade. Via Evan Woodbery of Mlive: ...
Via The Majors Detroit
4 days ago

Detroit Tigers add Sandy Baez to 40-man roster

The Detroit Tigers added starting pitching prospect Sandy Baez to their 40-man roster, saving him from Rule-5 Draft next month. The Rule-5 Draft was created to keep teams from having too many minor league players in their farm system when other major league teams would play them on their team. The Tigers saved Baez from that draft by adding him to the 40-man roster. Baez is 23-years...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Verlander defends Upton against reporter who said 'pipe down'

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander received the most first-place votes for AL Cy Young but lost to Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello by five points because two voters left Verlander off their ballots entirely. Verlander’s supermodel fiancée, Kate Upton, took to Twitter ravaging the MLB and Porcello and prompting Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News to pen a column telling...
Via The Comeback
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Assembling a Free Agent Lineup: Erick Aybar

Dear God, Erick Aybar? Erick Aybar. This is what we have come to. Yes, the free agent market—outside of a couple power bats—is bleak. And no position appears to be bleaker than shortstop. One thing we can definitively state about these following names is that they possess the ability to play multiple infield positions. That could be it. But don’t take my word for it. Aybar...
Via The Sports Post
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Kate Upton goes on epic rant about Justin Verlander’s Cy Young snub

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander got screwed out of winning the AL CY Young this year. Nevermind wins and losses — Verlander got very little run support — look at the stats, and it’s clear he should’ve won. The Tigers ace even got the most first-place votes, yet somehow didn’t win! Well, Verlander’s fiancee, Kate Upton, was not happy about it, and she went on one...
Via The Sports Daily
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Rick Porcello has funny response to Kate Upton, Verlander

Rick Porcello does not seem to be fazed by Kate Upton’s criticism of the Boston Red Sox pitcher winning the AL Cy Young Award over her fiance, Justin Verlander. Porcello won the award despite finishing with fewer first-place votes than Verlander (14 vs. 8) largely because he was on 18 second-place ballots, while Verlander was second on just two. Two voters left Verlander off their...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Kate Upton goes off about Verlander not winning Cy Young

Rick Porcello won the A.L. Cy Young Award on Wednesday by beating out Justin Verlander, who got significantly more first-place votes than the Boston Red Sox ace. How does Verlander’s fiancee feel about that? Not good. Not good at all. After the results were announced, Kate Upton took to Twitter to unload on Porcello and the voters: Upton then retweeted some stats that Verlander’s...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers, Tigers have reportedly talked Ian Kinsler trade

Suddenly in the market for a starting second baseman, the Los Angeles Dodgers are showing interest in a certain four-time All-Star. According to a report by Jon Morosi of MLB Network on Wednesday, the Dodgers and the Detroit Tigers have been in contact regarding the possibility of an Ian Kinsler trade (though Kinsler does possess a partial no-trade clause). Kinsler, 34, enjoyed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Fulmer takes home Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award

Well, the Detroit Tigers are 1 for 1 when it comes to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Awards this season. On Monday night, Tigers rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer won the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year award for the American League. Over in the National League, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager took home the honors for the Rookie of Year Award. Fulmer won the voting...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers Hot Stove talk with Joe White & Ryan Schuiling

It is hot stove season for the Detroit Tigers. Five big name players could potentially be traded with several more also being shopped around the block. Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez appear most likely to be dealt but Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Victor Martinez are potentially on the table and even Anibal Sanchez, Mike Pelfrey and Francisco Rodriguez are likely to be discussed...
Via isportsweb.com
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Ian Kinsler’s Historically Great Season at Second Base

In baseball, it may not be possible to have too much of a good thing when it comes to quantity of elite-level players. The sport is, almost by definition, at its best when great players face off against one another. If there’s a problem with a strong collection of elite talent, though, it’s that truly great players can get overlooked. It’s hard to distinguish oneself when surrounded...
Via Fangraphs
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer keeps busy in offseason as part-time plumber

Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer kept a high-profile as an AL Rookie of the Year candidate in 2016, but in the off-season, he’s taken a blue-collar approach to work. In an excellent feature from Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, Fulmer’s unlikely offseason job as a part-time plumber is profiled. Fulmer is working his second offseason in the profession under the...
Via The Comeback
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Gauging the Trade Value of Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander

The Detroit Tigers find themselves at a crossroads as this offseason begins. With players like Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander — stars who can still contribute but who are on the wrong side of 30 — the Tigers’ window for contention with this group is closing. Ian Kinsler is another player who’s bound to experience age-related decline. Meanwhile, outfielder J.D. Martinez...
Via Fangraphs
November 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Cameron Maybin Is the Start of the Offseason

As a national writer, come playoff time, you end up with a skewed perspective. Just about all of your attention is concentrated on the playoffs, and so nearly all you’re writing about has to do with the playoffs. The easy assumption is that everyone out there is in the same boat, following along just like you are, but baseball is a game of regional interest, and the majority of...
Via Fangraphs
November 03, 2016  |  Discuss
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