Tigers Rumors & News

  • Tigers' Anibal Sanchez has been unhittable since adjusting his delivery

    CBS Sports "Spring training stats are mostly useless. We know this. There are many reasons for this, but we don’t really need to get into that now. On the contrary, there are times when they do matter, such as a player coming off major injury or after making a major adjustment. On the latter point, we..." March 25

  • Kinsler 'ready to go' after Classic's intensity

    MLB.com "Ian Kinsler returned to Tigers camp from the World Baseball Classic with a championship on his resume, an appreciation for international baseball, a desire to stay out of politics and an eye toward Opening Day. "I'm ready to go," said Kinsler, the second baseman and leadoff hitter on Team..." March 24

  • Tigers' Martinez to miss 3-4 weeks with foot injury

    Michigan Live "The timing could have been worse, but the news out of Charlotte, N.C., on Friday was not great for the Detroit Tigers. J.D. Martinez is expected to miss three to four weeks with a sprain of the Lisfranc ligament in his right foot, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said following Friday afternoon's..." March 24

  • Tigers’ Cabrera still bothered by back pain

    Detroit News "From the sound of it, Miguel Cabrera is dealing with something a bit more severe than a routine stiff back. In fact, he wasn’t ready to make any predictions about when he might return to the lineup. “I don’t know,” he said Thursday afternoon. “I hurt my back the first (WBC) game in Mexico. Out..." March 23

  • Ian Kinsler walks back controversial comments about Latino players

    ESPN "Team USA second baseman Ian Kinsler told ESPN on Wednesday any assumption that he disparaged Latin-American teams for their passionate style of play is off base, saying, "Everyone should be celebrated." Kinsler caught flak on social media for a quote he gave to The New York Times at the World..." March 23

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • J.D. Martinez exits after suffering apparent leg injury

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez left the game in the first inning Saturday with an apparent right ankle injury. Martinez tumbled while making a shoestring catch to end the first inning. He came up limping and appeared to be in pain. After being treated by Tigers athletic trainer..." March 18

  • J.D. Martinez exits with foot sprain vs. Miami

    MLB.com "Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez left Saturday's 5-4 win over the Marlins after stumbling on a shoestring catch in the first inning. He was diagnosed with a mid-right-foot sprain after X-rays came back negative, and he will be re-evaluated on Sunday. Martinez made a highlight catch to end the..." March 18

  • Tigers' Miguel Cabrera likely to miss the rest of the WBC because of a back injury

    CBS Sports "Thursday night, during a loss to the Dominican Republic , Venezuela first base Miguel Cabrera had to exit the game in the middle innings with a back issue. There was no specific play or incident that led to the injury. His back just locked up on him. On Friday, Venezuela manager Edwin Rodriguez..." March 18

  • Miguel Cabrera injury not believed to be serious, Brad Ausmus says

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers don't believe the back discomfort Miguel Cabrera experienced Thursday night during a World Baseball Classic game is serious. Cabrera left in the sixth inning of Venezuela's loss to the Dominican Republic in San Diego. "I just got a text from Omar (Vizquel) this morning..." March 17

  • Yankees complete combined spring training no-hitter against Tigers

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Yankees put together a dominant day of work on Friday. Well, three of their pitchers did at least. Masahiro Tanaka, Chasen Shreve and Jordan Montgomery combined to toss a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers in Grapefruit League action. While not quite the same as a regular-season..." March 17

  • Tigers: Miguel Cabrera’s back is ‘fine’

    Detroit News "Reports out of San Diego are cautiously optimistic regarding the health of Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. “I got a text from Omar (Vizquel),” manager Brad Ausmus said. “He just said Miggy’s back tightened up on him. He’s fine.” Cabrera came out of Team Venezuela’s World Baseball..." March 17

  • Miggy leaves WBC game with back tightness

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left Venezuela's World Baseball Classic game in the sixth inning Thursday night with back discomfort. Venezuela manager Omar Vizquel, the Tigers first base coach, said the move was precautionary. Cabrera could be seen grimacing as he fouled off a..." March 17

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Daniel Norris as Detroit Tigers' No. 4 starter is written 'in pencil'

    Detroit Free Press "It’s not written in pen yet. But what has seemed like a foregone conclusion throughout spring training -- that left-hander Daniel Norris will be part of the Detroit Tigers’ starting rotation at the start of the season -- is written "in pencil," manager Brad Ausmus said. “I would actually hope..." March 14

  • Rodriguez gives Tigers some assurance: ‘I’m fine’

    Detroit News "It certainly looked bad when it happened. Detroit Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez, after collecting an errant relay and throwing out the would-be winning run at the plate Saturday during WBC play, struggled to get to his feet and limped off the field. Later, he was shown on a cell phone..." March 12

  • Michael Fulmer was strong early in first start since spraining ankle

    Detroit Free Press "Michael Fulmer had a strong start and Mike Pelfrey had his best outing of the spring. Those were just two of the positives that came out of the Detroit Tigers’ 4-3 win over the New York Mets today at Joker Marchant Stadium. Fulmer came out strong after missing one start due to a mild ankle..." March 12

  • 5 MLB contract year players looking to cash in

    Yardbarker "The mythical contract year can be either a boon or a drag on an athlete. Some respond well, knowing that with a strong season, they can enter free agency as a hot commodity and really make a lot of money on the open market. Others feel the pressure and drag their value down as they struggle to..." March 10

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • Justin Verlander tells worried Tigers fans that spring training doesn’t mean (expletive)

    Fox Sports "The Detroit Tigers aren’t having the most statistically impressive spring thus far. But they are far less concerned about their 3-10 record than some of their fans are. After Tuesday’s loss – Detroit’s seventh in eight Grapefruit League games this month – ace Justin Verlander channeled Packers..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • Tigers' spring pitching woes wearing on Brad Ausmus, players

    Detroit Free Press "At some point, the elephant in the room becomes too large to ignore, too much of a nuisance not to write about. That point came in the third inning of Monday afternoon’s Grapefruit League game against the Orioles at Joker Marchant Stadium, where the Detroit Tigers lost for the seventh time in..." March 07

  • Tigers can’t explain Rondon’s velocity drop vs. Phillies

    Detroit News "Reliever Bruce Rondon made his final spring outing with the Detroit Tigers on Sunday before joining up with Team Venezuela for the WBC Monday. It was a curious one. Coming off a strong, two-strikeout scoreless inning Thursday, Rondon was not sharp. He faced four batters, went to full counts..." March 06

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Tigers' Michael Fulmer nursing an ankle sprain, leaving his WBC status in doubt

    CBS Sports "Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer was set to be an eligible starting pitcher for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, but now it looks like that might not happen. Fulmer rolled and sprained his right ankle during a team workout on Saturday and has been scratched from his scheduled spring..." March 05

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez proud to become U.S. citizen

    Detroit Free Press "As Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez became a U.S. citizen during a ceremony on Friday in Miami, he was filled with pride, saying the Pledge of Allegiance and waving a small American flag. “I thought back to the first day I was here,” Sanchez said on Saturday morning, during a brief interview with..." February 25

  • The Dodgers asked the Tigers about Justin Verlander this offseason

    Hardball Talk "File this under “man, that would’ve been cool.” Or, if you’re a Tigers fan, file it under “man, that would’ve signaled several years of misery.” However you fall on the matter, however, know that, according to Jon Heyman, the Dodgers inquired about trading for Justin Verlander over the..." February 24

  • Justin Verlander says the AL and NL should have the same rules, would ditch DH

    CBS Sports "Those approaching hoof-beats? They belong to This, Our Baseball, and any time baseball is the matter at hand we’re honor-bound to thunder about the designated hitter. CBS Sports has learned that the AL uses the DH and the NL doesn’t, and that this has been the case since 1973. This stark..." February 23

  • Kate Upton: No sex with Justin Verlander before games

    Sporting News "Kate Upton has revealed Justin Verlander's strict rules for sex. During an appearance on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" on Wednesday night, the engaged model apparently didn't mind sharing intimate information about her relationship with the Detroit Tigers pitcher. "There's no sex before..." February 23

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Timing of WBC not fair to Latin countries, V-Mart says

    Detroit News "It’s not a perfect set-up. Nobody associated with World Baseball Classic believes staging the tournament in early March is ideal, or conducive to getting the best players to play at peak performance. The games are essentially being played two to three weeks into spring training. “Let’s be..." February 20

  • Miggy hints that Tigers have 1 more year of contention left

    Detroit News "The Tigers held their first full-squad workout Saturday, which is annually the day perennial All-Star and two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera gives his first extended interview of the new season. And, even after a long workout and a photo shoot, he was in rare form. He was his usual playful self, but..." February 19

  • Omar Infante hoping for chance to play centerfield for Detroit Tigers

    Detroit Free Press "Add another name into the centerfield competition. It’s an unlikely name, one that has the most outside of shots, given a number of factors. But veteran Omar Infante wants a shot to make the Detroit Tigers. And with Ian Kinsler firmly entrenched at second base, the best shot for Infante to..." February 19

  • Tigers give VerHagen shot at starting rotation

    Detroit News "Be clear on this: Drew VerHagen will pitch in any role, any situation, the Tigers need him to. But over the winter, as he was doing rehabilitation work four days a week in Arlington, Texas, healing from surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, he came to the belief that working every fifth..." February 15

  • Chris Ilitch to be the Tigers owner

    Detroit News "Christopher Ilitch’s ascension within the company founded by his parents has been highlighted in the wake of his father’s passing, but it’s a rise that has been underway for more than a decade. Ilitch Holdings Inc., with interests that include the Little Caesars Pizza empire, professional..." February 14

  • Alex Avila hopes Tigers use Ilitch's death as 'rallying cry'

    MLB.com "The sunny skies and warm temperatures made for a good atmosphere as Tigers pitchers and catchers filed into camp Monday morning. Even though formal workouts don't begin until Tuesday morning, many spent Monday on the field, including manager Brad Ausmus, checking out batting practice from the..." February 14

  • Major League Baseball mourns the passing of Tigers owner Michael Ilitch

    MLB.com "Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement this evening regarding the passing of the owner of the Detroit Tigers since 1992, Michael Ilitch, who was 87: "Mike Ilitch was far more than a model owner of the Tigers franchise, the team he loved all his life and..." February 11

  • Tigers, Red Wings owner and pizza titan Mike Ilitch dead at 87

    Detroit Free Press "Mike Ilitch rose from a humble west-side neighborhood to assemble a food, sports and entertainment empire that enabled him to return the Stanley Cup to Hockeytown, build both a new arena and a ballpark with a Ferris wheel, restore the grandeur of downtown’s iconic Fox Theatre and introduce metro..." February 10

  • A young Wayne Gretzky wanted nothing more than to play shortstop for the Tigers

    MLB.com "Wayne Gretzky is by most accounts the greatest hockey player in history. He's even got the nickname to prove it. But as a kid in Canada, Gretzky didn't dream of rewriting the NHL record books: He wanted to play shortstop for the Detroit Tigers. The Great One sat down with the Dan Patrick Show..." February 09

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Tigers, David Lough Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder David Lough, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Lough, 31, spent last year with the Phillies and Marlins organizations. All 79 of his major league plate appearances came with Philadelphia, which designated..." February 07

  • Padres, Erick Aybar Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres are in agreement on a minor league contract with veteran infielder Erick Aybar, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (on Twitter). The 33-year-old Roc Nation Sports client will compete with Luis Sardinas for the shortstop gig in San Diego. Aybar opened the 2016 season with the Braves..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07