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TIGERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

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
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: projecting the 7-man Opening Day bullpen

Earlier this week we took a look at the starting rotation that the Detroit Tigers will roll out this year. Click here if you missed it. Today, the bullpen goes under the microscope. During his 14-year run as General Manager of the Tigers, Dave Dombrowski’s kryptonite was clearly the pen. Favoring big-armed starting pitchers and a slugging offense instead, DD often left the Tigers...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day 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...

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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: 2016 Outfield Outlook

General Manager Al Avila of the Detroit Tigers has been very busy this offseason, as he’s trying to shape the ball club back into winning form. One of the holes Avila aimed to fill included beefing up the Tigers in the outfield. With a collection of executed trades and free agent signings, Avila has done just that. Here is who to expect starting for the Tigers in the outfield come...
Via isportsweb.com
4 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
4 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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers send Jefry Marte to Angels for Kody Eaves

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have acquired Kody Eaves from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Jefry Marte in a swap of infielders. The 22-year-old Eaves spent last season with Single A Inland Empire, playing in 134 games and hitting .248 with 17 doubles, 11 triples, 11 home runs and 71 RBIs. The 24-year-old Marte was designated for assignment by the Tigers last week after...
Via Associated Press
9 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
10 days ago  |  Discuss

To compete in 2016, old and new Tigers need to contribute

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- With Justin Upton, Jordan Zimmermann and Francisco Rodriguez now in the fold, the Detroit Tigers look very much like a factor again in the AL Central.That doesn't mean all their questions have been answered. Not by a long shot."You can bring in Babe Ruth to this team or any team, and it doesn't matter," general manager Al Avila said. "What's the key here is...
Via Associated Press
14 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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Free-spending Tigers officially add Justin Upton to their lineup

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have finalized their six-year, $132.75 million contract with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton.The Tigers introduced Upton at a news conference Wednesday. The 28-year-old gives Detroit another powerful bat in the middle of the lineup and fills a need in left field after Detroit dealt slugger Yoenis Cespedes at the deadline last year.It was another big...
Via Associated Press
15 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
17 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 ZiPS Projections – Detriot 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: Arizona / Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

J.D. Martinez among four Tigers' players to file for arbitration

J.D. Martinez should be poised for a huge raise from the Detroit Tigers after the numbers he put up last season, but will the two sides see eye-to-eye when they exchange 2016 salary figures this week?Tuesday is the deadline for all arbitration-eligible players to submit their salary requests for the 2016 season and Detroit has four players to sign. In addition to Martinez, shortstops...
Via Fox Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Bruce Rondon isn’t going anywhere

I know a lot of you are upset with Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Bruce Rondon. Not only did he get sent home early last season due to effort issues, but he now instigated a brawl in the Venezuelan Winter League. Bruce Rondon has also always had issues with his weight, which haven’t seemed to have gone away. Certainly, Bruce Rondon’s actions aren’t good, but lets make something...
Via The Majors Detroit
December 15, 2015  |  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...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

The wait for Nick Castellanos will soon be over

Young Tiger Nick Castellanos has two seasons under his belt and hasn’t yet turned 24. He’s shown flashes of the talent he was supposed to have as a top prospect, but he’s on the wrong side of the leaderboards so far. The second half had some good news for him, particularly when it came to his plate discipline, but it’s fair to wonder how important he will be for Detroit....
Via Fangraphs
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss
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