Tigers Rumors & News

  • Padres Interested In Jose Iglesias, Hanser Alberto

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have asked a variety of teams about potential shortstop options, MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell tweets. One player who’s on their list is Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, who Detroit GM Al Avila said yesterday was drawing interest. Iglesias, 26, would give the Padres a defense-first option..." December 08

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Miggy open to trade but wants to be in Detroit

    MLB.com "Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera told Venezuelan reporters on Saturday that he would like to remain with the club, but he would not stand in the way of a trade if it benefits both sides. As the Tigers listen to trade interest in all of their veteran players heading into the Winter Meetings..." December 03

  • Giants reportedly looking at J.D. Martinez

    CBS Sports "As the Winter Meetings approach, the Tigers are expected to be one of the most aggressive teams in terms of selling off some veteran talent. Among the names bandied about in the rumor mill is power-hitting outfielder J.D. Martinez. It makes sense, as he surely has great value as a slugger and is..." December 03

  • Venezuelan stars threaten WBC boycott after manager Vizquel replaced

    Michigan Live "The attempt to fire Omar Vizquel as manager of the Venezuela's World Baseball Classic team has prompted backlash from some of the country's biggest stars, including Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez. One by one, the players appeared on a Venezuelan sports radio show Thursday..." December 02

  • Report: Verlander, Upton purchase $5.5M Beverly Hills house

    Detroit News "Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander and fiancée Kate Upton have purchased a house in Beverly Hills, California, for $5.475 million, according to a report. TMZ Sports says they began house hunting shortly after becoming engaged in May. The house is 5,000 square feet with five bedrooms,..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Mets could see JD Martinez as Cespedes fall-back

    Fanrag Sports "Yoenis Cespedes remains by far and away the Mets’ main outfield target, but sources say the team has some interest in Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez as a fall-back option should things not work out for Martinez. The Mets have been hopeful of doing a quicker deal with Cespedes this winter than..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Kate Upton clarifies her NSFW Cy Young rant and rails against early voting

    USA Today "Supermodel Kate Upton used a slightly shocking Twitter rant to defend fiancee Justin Verlander when the Detroit Tigers hurler was left off a couple of Cy Young ballots and kept him from winning the AL award. One of those tweets was aimed at Verlander’s former teammate (and the 2016 AL Cy Young..." November 25

  • Tigers Setting High Asking Prices In Trades

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers are known to be open to moving some veteran pieces to get younger and to shed some salary, but ESPN’s Buster Olney reports (Insider link) that Detroit’s asking prices for its top players are “so high” that rival execs wonder if they’ll actually trade anyone other than J.D. Martinez this..." November 23

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Five MLB teams that may look far different very soon

    USA Today "Even before the turkey’s in the oven, several teams have hinted at an offseason reshuffling that might significantly change their roster composition for next year. USA TODAY Sports’ Jorge L. Ortiz examines five clubs that could be on the verge of a remake and in which direction they’re..." November 22

  • Justin Verlander Trade Would Propel Red Sox to the Top of AL Hierarchy

    Bleacher Report "Justin Verlander and Boston Red Sox fans may not be on the best terms right now. After Verlander lost the American League Cy Young Award to Boston sinkerballer Rick Porcello, Verlander's fiancee, Kate Upton, voiced her displeasure via Twitter [warning: NSFW language]. While Upton's and,..." November 22

  • Verlander fires back at reporter who tells Upton to 'pipe down'

    Washington Post "Kate Upton has a long way to go to reach Miko Grimes status when it comes to Twitter rants, but her defense of fiance Justin Verlander after he missed out on the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday was enough for one MLB beat writer to tell her to “pipe down.” Upton sent out a tweet..." November 18

  • Hey, Kate Upton ... pipe down! There’s no scandal in Justin Verlander not winning the AL Cy Young

    New York Daily News "There’s been a lot of bellyaching about this year’s American League Cy Young vote, renewing the annual call by many for a change to the Baseball Writers Association of America’s voting process. With all due respect to Kate Upton, it’s time for her and everybody else to pipe down. For..." November 18

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • One of two Cy Young voters who snubbed Justin Verlander ‘agonized’ over decision: ‘I did the best I could’

    New York Daily News "Insert your favorite Electoral College joke here. Despite earning more first-place votes than any other pitcher, Justin Verlander finished second to Red Sox righty Rick Porcello in the American League Cy Young Award vote after two Tampa Bay writers left the Tigers ace off their ballot..." November 17

  • Kinsler reportedly wants extension to waive no-trade clause

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Wednesday, word got out the Dodgers and Tigers have discussed a trade involving second baseman Ian Kinsler. Los Angeles needs a second baseman after trading Howie Kendrick, and the Tigers appear to be beginning a rebuild. Kinsler's contract includes a 10-team no-trade clause, and the..." November 17

  • Trading Ian Kinsler could be complicated for the Tigers

    Fox Sports "If the Tigers want to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler to a team on his limited no-trade list, he only will approve the deal if granted a contract extension, according to his agent, Jay Franklin. The Dodgers, a team in need of a second baseman, are one of 10 clubs that would require Kinsler’s..." November 17

  • Dodgers, Tigers in contact about Kinsler trade

    Michigan Live "The Los Angeles Dodgers, who have deep pockets and a vacancy at second base, have talked to the Detroit Tigers about acquiring Ian Kinsler, the MLB Network reported Wednesday. Reporter Jon Morosi cited unnamed sources in his report. Kinsler and right fielder J.D. Martinez are considered two..." November 16

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Giants Have Held Trade Talks With Tigers On J.D. Martinez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants and Tigers have discussed the possibility of a swap that would send power-hitting outfielder J.D. Martinez out west, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network (via Twitter). Detroit has been said to be willing to consider deals involving all its veteran assets. Entering his final year..." November 15

  • Tigers' Michael Fulmer wins 2016 AL Rookie of the Year

    CBS Sports "Monday evening, Tigers right-handed starter Michael Fulmer was named the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year, besting Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin and Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. Fulmer, who'll turn 24 in March, was acquired at the 2015 trade deadline as part of the Yoenis Cespedes..." November 14

  • ROY candidate Fulmer spends his offseason as plumber

    Detroit Free Press "It is a Wednesday during the off-season, a rare day off. Michael Fulmer is playing golf. He’s slowly getting better, he says by phone from the first tee at KickingBird Golf Club in Edmond, Okla., but still not any good. “It’s getting there,” he said. His golf game certainly wasn’t there..." November 14

  • Why an Astros trade for Miguel Cabrera is extremely unlikely

    Houston Chronicle "Despite a report suggesting the Astros will pursue future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera in a trade with the Detroit Tigers, all indications are such a deal is extremely unlikely. Cabrera, 33, is guaranteed $212 million over the next seven seasons. The Astros under Jim Crane's ownership group..." November 10

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • Astros want Miguel Cabrera or Edwin Encarnacion

    CBS Sports "The Houston Astros are of course in contending mode and in 2017 will have legitimate designs on the AL West title. The 2016 season was something of a disappointment following the strides made the year prior, and to the end of shoring up those roster weaknesses, GM Jeff Luhnow apparently has..." November 10

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • Miguel Cabrera to the Astros? Why one analyst thinks it would make sense

    Michigan Live "The Houston Astros are planning to expand their payroll this winter and are willing to pay big bucks for a big bat. Could they be targeting Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera? The MLB Network's Jon Morosi wrote this week that the Astros are the best fit for Cabrera and he expects..." November 09

  • Will the Tigers trade Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander?

    Click on Detroit "As the Detroit Tigers openly try to trim payroll, many are asking: will they actually trade Miguel Cabrera? The Tigers are reportedly fielding calls for Miggy, as well as Justin Verlander, according to Jon Heyman. The Tigers are not saying they are rebuilding, but rather suggesting they are..." November 09

  • Why Trading Miguel Cabrera To The Red Sox Doesn’t Add Up

    CBS Detroit "The Tigers want to get younger and leaner. General Manager Al Avila is open to anything that helps them achieve that. According to reports, the team is taking calls on the availability of Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera. When next season begins, one – or both – of those superstars may be..." November 09

  • Al Avila: Tigers listening, but not shopping Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila said he's spoken to some of the team's biggest stars, including Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander, to let them know the team's philosophy entering the offseason. His message? The Tigers are willing to listen to offers, but they aren't actively shopping..." November 09

  • Tigers open to anything, get calls on Cabrera, Verlander

    Fanrag Sports "With the Tigers signaling they are open for business and willing to discuss just about anything in trades, a number of teams have checked in on superstar hitter Miguel Cabrera and superstar pitcher Justin Verlander. The Tigers are not saying they are rebuilding, but rather suggesting they are..." November 08

  • If Tigers are selling, they need to go all in

    Detroit News "The Tigers’ decisions this offseason almost certainly won’t be popular with the fans. After years of spending they started the selloff by trading center fielder Cameron Maybin last week, proving talk about bringing their payroll to more realistic levels wasn’t just lip service. They have a..." November 08

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Angels acquire Cameron Maybin from the Tigers

    Hardball Talk "The Angels have acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Tigers and picked up his 2017 at $9 million, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. As Rosenthal notes, Mike Trout is likely to stay in center for the Angels, so Maybin will handle left field. " November 03

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