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Where does he go? Max Scherzer

Arguably the best free-agent bats are all taken: Sandoval and Ramirez to Boston, Martinez to Detroit, and Tomas to Arizona. But, there’s still a trio of aces available in the market: James Shields, Jon Lester and Max Scherzer. The big question is, where will they go? Lastly, Max Scherzer.  2014 season: In 2014, Scherzer pitched for a 18-5 record and a 3.15 ERA in the...

Tigers inquiring on Justin Masterson

The Tigers appear to be making other arrangements for their pitching staff if and when Max Scherzer bolts Motown via free agency. According to Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com, the Tigers are interested in former Tribe starting pitcher Justin Masterson, the team’s former ace before a bad 2014, the emergence of Corey Kluber and his eventual trade to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Tigers...
Via The Majors Detroit
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014: The 6th Inning (8-10)

It’s like forgetting the words to your favorite song. You can’t believe it. You were always singing along. (So imagine what this could have been like without 6 games against inferior NL West opponents.) 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 Krol C Avila C Holaday...
Via Tigers Weblog
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

All hail Brad Ausmus, Pitch-Framing King

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Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Carrera Rejects Outright AAA Assignment and Will Become Free Agent

Ezequiel Carrera has rejected his outright assignment to AAA Toledo after the Tigers designated him for assignment in order to remove him off the 40-man roster. He is allowed to select free agency like he did because another team has previously outrighted him off their 40-man roster and as a rule of the MLB-CBA players are allowed to pursue other opportunities if they so chose....
Via The Majors Detroit
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins have called Tigers about Price, Porcello

After inking Giancarlo Stanton to a $325 million dollar extension earlier in the offseason, it looks like the Marlins are still in the market to acquire more top-tier players. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports has reported that the Marlins have reached out to the Tigers about starting pitchers David Price and Rick Porcello. The talks are not serious at this moment. Price, acquired by the...
Via On-Base Talk
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit's Carrera opts for free agency

DETROIT -- Ezequiel Carrera has decided to become a free agent after the Detroit Tigers assigned him outright to Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers designated the outfielder for assignment last week. Carrera hit .261 in 45 games for Detroit in 2014, but the Tigers recently traded for center fielder Anthony Gose and didn't think they had a need Carrera. The 27-year-old has hit .253 in 176...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter, Twins headed for a reunion?

Torii Hunter is still in search of his first World Series championship, and the 39-year-old veteran is running out of time. Now a free agent, Hunter must decide if he wants to put himself in the best position to win or return to the place where his career began. Hunter recently said that he has...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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 […]
Via Fangraphs
7 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...
Via The Majors Detroit
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Obstructed View
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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 […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
10 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
10 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...
Via NESN.com
10 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...
Via isportsweb.com
11 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
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: What Martinez signing means

On Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers made headlines when they were able to re-sign designated hitter Victor Martinez to a four-year deal. At 35-years-old, Martinez is the fourth player to receive a huge contract from the Tigers as he will be making $68 million over the next four years. Along with players Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, and Miguel Cabrera, all the money spent on these...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Injury Update: Re-signed Joel Hanrahan should be ready for spring training

The Detroit Tigers have much to look forward to for the 2015 season following a 90-win season and an appearance in the ALDS. At second in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Tigers should be set at the plate next season. The area of improvement is with the pitching staff that ranked 24th in ERA. One pitcher who the Tigers hope can contribute is Joel Hanrahan, who is recovering...
Via Sports Injury Alert
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tigers of the future aren’t totally screwed

The Detroit Tigers are in an unusual position. There’s nothing unusual about a team trying to win now, but there’s something unusual about the Tigers’ particular sense of urgency. We can acknowledge it has something to do with Mike Ilitch, and his age, and that’s a little weird to talk about, but it’s out there. […]
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

TDSS Roundtable: What’s Next With Victor Martinez Back in the Fold?

The Detroit Tigers made a critical move Wednesday, locking up DH Victor Martinez to a four-year deal, thereby keeping their cleanup hitter in the lineup. Where else should Dave Dombrowski be looking to upgrade as the offseason swings into full gear? That’s part of our latest Roundtable discussion: 1. Victor’s back. Are you okay with the Tigers giving him a fourth-year and probably...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Victor Martinez Re-Signs With Detroit

On the heels of the best year of his career, Victor Martinez has cashed in and will be staying put in Detroit, agreeing to a four-year, $68 million contract with the Tigers on Wednesday, pending a physical per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Perhaps the most coveted offensive player on the free-agent market, Martinez had an incredible 2014, hitting .335/.409/.565 with 32 homers, putting...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Wynton Bernard: The Next Tigers Surprise?

Last year, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski made what seemed like a depth move at the end of Spring Training by signing outfielder J.D. Martinez.  Turns out, Martinez ended up starting the year off with 10 homers in AAA before April was even over, and broke out with the Tigers, hitting 23 homers and hitting over .300.  In the minors, the Tigers had an even crazier story.  That story...
Via On-Base Talk
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter appears in radio ad opposing gay marriage

No matter where you stand on some of the social issues that define the United States today, the right to an opinion and belief is paramount in an open society. But this is somewhat limited, at least according to some, when it comes to professional athletes. Should they engage in conversations about politics and religion? And how does their active participation in some of the most...
Via Sportsnaut
29 days ago  |  Discuss
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