Hardball Talk "It’s believed that Tigers catcher Alex Avila suffered as many as three concussions last season, but he said back in October that he hasn’t contemplated the possibility of retirement. However, he is making a change in hopes of avoiding another concussion. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com,..." January 26
Fox Sports Detroit "As a rookie, Nick Castellanos acquitted himself pretty well offensively. Defensively was another matter. According to fangraphs.com, Castellanos had -30 defensive runs saved in 2014, the worst by any player at any position. To that end, the Tigers are having Castellanos visit defensive..." January 26
Source tells me RP Al Albuquerque back to the Tigers on a 1-year, $1.725 million deal. Is there #FrancesaCon in Detroit too?
Asked if he's considering a long-term extension with #Tigers, David Price replied with an emphatic "absolutely."
Dombrowski on Cabrera: "If he's not ready by Opening Day, it's gonna be very, very close. We'll know more Feb. 15."
Michigan Live "Alex Avila never considered calling it quits. Not for one second. After an injury-plagued season in which he was believed to have suffered at least three concussions, Avila confirmed Thursday that he has been cleared by doctors for all physical activity and will enter spring training without..." January 24
Fox Sports "David Price didn't begin his career in Detroit, but he's open to staying here. Price, 29, spoke at Comerica Park before the Tigers left for their annual Winter Caravan. Like Max Scherzer last year, Price is in the last season of his contract and can become a free agent if he chooses. Or..." January 24
MLB.com "The Tigers’ Winter Caravan ritual of putting players in regular jobs while interacting with fans brought them to Buffalo Wild Wings in Rochester Hills, where Nick Castellanos and Joe Nathan were waiting on tables and delivering orders to customers during the lunch hour. That, of course, led to the..." January 23
Oakland Press "Justin Verlander was not on last year’s Winter Caravan, and for good reason, coming as it did less than two weeks after his core muscle repair surgery. A year later, he was happy to be back on the caravan, happy to be healthy, and happy to have a regular, normal offseason under his..." January 23
Hardball Talk "Max Scherzer‘s seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals includes a huge amount of deferred money, making the present-day value of the deal significantly less than $210 million. But don’t worry: He’s still getting paid a ton of money over the life of the contract, which is spread..." January 22
Detroit News "The guy who did almost nothing but win in Detroit said he went to Washington because he wanted to win. OK, then. Max Scherzer slipped on his new No. 31 Nationals jersey during an introductory press conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday afternoon, officially putting an end to his..." January 22
Fox Sports "A postscript on Max Scherzer's seven-year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals: Throughout the offseason, many baseball observers expected Scherzer to return to the Detroit Tigers because of owner Mike Ilitch's history of signing Scott Boras clients -- particularly late in the..." January 20
The Outside Corner "It seemed like that the longer Max Scherzer’s free agency dragged on, the more likely it would be that he returned to the Detroit Tigers. Of course, it didn’t happen that way – Scherzer agreed to a staggering seven year, $210 million contract with the Washington Nationals earlier this week. While..." January 20
Sporting News "Max Scherzer is heading to Washington, which means that a Nationals team with a nearly flawless lineup now boasts a rotation with the 30-year-old right-handed free agent, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez, with Tanner Roark in reserve. It is possiblethe..." January 20
Source: Scherzer deal with #Nationals is seven years, $210M with half deferred. He will receive $15M per year for 14 years.
Washington Post "The Washington Nationals radically altered the baseball landscape Sunday night, ending a winter of relative inactivity by agreeing to a seven-year contract with free agent pitcher Max Scherzer, according to a person with direct knowledge of the talks. Though terms of the deal weren’t..." January 19
Don Kelly has signed a minor-league deal with the Marlins. Includes an invitation to spring training.
Dombrowski: Tigers not in active pursuit of free-agent starters. Similar to previous stance on Scherzer, this time in reference to Shields.
Source: James Shields' agent, Page Odle, has been in "recent" contact with the #Tigers. Shields and David Price are close friends.
Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers starting pitcher David Price has agreed to a one-year, $19.75-million contract, avoiding arbitration, according to several national baseball writers. It's a record one-year amount for an arbitration-eligible player, according to Ken Rosenthal of foxsports.com." January 17
Source: Tigers, Alfredo Simon agree to one-year deal. He'll make $5.55 million.
Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have four players eligible for arbitration. Three of those players are in very interesting situations. David Price, Alfredo Simon, J.D. Martinez and Al Alburquerque officially filed for arbitration prior to the Tuesday deadline. Each of those players and the Tigers are due..." January 15
MLB.com "Miguel Cabrera took another step Thursday in his rehab from foot and ankle surgery. He took that step without the aid of a walking boot. "He's cleared to wear normal shoes," Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Thursday. The clearance came from Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed the..." January 15
New York Daily News "Maybe it’s just his DNA talking, but while Hal Steinbrenner added his voice to the chorus of Yankee bigwigs sounding doubtful about adding a pricey player such as Max Scherzer, the Boss Jr. didn’t slam the door on an expensive upgrade, either. “Look, it’s not over till it’s over,” Steinbrenner..." January 15
It’s safe to say Cabrera won’t be ready for the start of spring training a week later, Rand said, but too soon to tell for Opening Day.
Hardball Talk "According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Tigers have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with utility infielder Josh Wilson. Wilson batted just .239/.271/.299 in 72 plate appearances last season for the Rangers and he owns a rough .239/.271/.299 career slash line at the major..." January 11
CBS Sports Fantasy News "Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is currently in a partial weight-bearing stage of his recovery from offseason ankle surgery. He'll need to pass a CT scan in February when he consults with Robert Anderson, a Charlotte, N.C., orthopedic surgeon in order to move into a full weight-bearing..." January 11
A couple of injury updates: Drew VerHagen’s back feels 100 percent, he said, and Luke Putkonen is throwing at 100 percent, his agent said.
Detroit News "Still to come are the hard tests that will determine if he can run and shift nimbly, and repeatedly, on a baseball field during successive days and games. But the Tigers are satisfied shortstop Jose Iglesias is closer to a reunion with full health and his vital lineup role. "At this point, he's..." January 10
Source inside #Tigers organization says of Max Scherzer: "Have to have him." Too many Q's with Price's future, JV, Sanchez's health.
Fox Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals say they like their starting rotation. But that is not preventing them from pursuing a major upgrade. The team is exploring trades for left-handers Cole Hamels and David Price and the possibility of signing free-agent right-hander Max Scherzer, according to major-league..." January 08
MLB.com "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06
MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have signed lefty swingman Tom Gorzelanny to a one-year deal, the team announced. To create roster space, right-hander Luke Putkonen was designated for assignment, MLB.com’s Jason Beck tweets. Gorzelanny threw well last year for the Brewers in limited action. After returning from..." January 06
Detroit Free Press "There is no room for Steven Moya in the Detroit Tigers' outfield. Not with Yoenis Cespedes in leftfield, Rajai Davis and Anthony Gose in centerfield, and J.D. Martinez in rightfield. And there isn't room for him on the bench, either. If manager Brad Ausmus opts to go with an extra outfielder..." January 02
MLB.com "If 2006 was the start of the Tigers as a postseason contender, then 2015 will mark the 10th year of the run. Whether it marks the beginning or the end is a matter of opinion, but the moves the Tigers have made have shown how increasingly tough it is to keep a contender together. The parts..." January 01
CSN New England "If they wouldn't shell out big money for Jon Lester, why would they pay more for Max Scherzer? That's the conventional logic as to why the Red Sox not only won't sign Scherzer, but won't get involved in the bidding for him. (Though, to this point, there doesn't appear to be any bidding..." December 31
Fox Sports "For insight into where the top free-agent pitcher will sign, let's turn to an unlikely source: the case of the top free-agent hitter six winters ago. Max Scherzer today has two things in common with Mark Teixeira then: He is a player whose talent both the Red Sox and Yankees covet, and he is..." December 29
Detroit Free Press "At the outset of the off-season, the Tigers talked about what they wanted to do. Get a centerfielder. Some bullpen help. Add a lefty hitter. They've done some of that via trades. They picked up an option to help the bullpen. They had other areas to address — thickening the outfield..." December 27
Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24
Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21
Sabean said Giants have not talked to Scherzer, don't plan to talk to him.
Detroit News "Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski got a text message from Justin Verlander prior to the Winter Meetings last week. "He said, 'I'm totally committed to being the best pitcher I possibly can,'" Dombrowski said. "He said, 'I was not happy with my year last..." December 20
ESPN New York "Yankees president Randy Levine confirmed Thursday that the team is highly unlikely to bid on right-hander Max Scherzer, the top starting pitcher in this offseason's free-agent crop. "The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,''..." December 19
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
CSN New England "The Red Sox have bolstered their rotation by adding righthander Rick Porcello in a trade with the Tigers than sends outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Detroit. The trade was first reported by former major league pitcher and current FOX Sports One analyst C.J. Nitkowski. CSNNE.com has confirmed that..." December 12
Dombrowski on Scherzer: “I guess anything can happen but we’re not in active pursuit of that situation at this time."
Source: #Tigers getting Alfredo Simon.
Told Cespedes to Detroit, Porcello to Boston is done.
Max Scherzer is seeking a guarantee of more than $200 million, which only one pitcher (Clayton Kershaw) has achieved in MLB history.
Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10