Tigers Rumors & News

  • Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

    The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25

  • White Sox sign free-agent catcher Alex Avila

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox upgraded their catching Wednesday by agreeing to terms with free agent Alex Avila on a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The left-handed hitting Avila, 29, is a career .242 hitter with 66 home runs over seven seasons. Avila was limited to 67 games with Detroit in 2015, missing..." November 25

  • Tigers not likely to acquire another outfielder after trading for Cameron Maybin

    Michigan Live "There's still a chance the Detroit Tigers will add another outfielder before opening day. But it's a very, very small chance. Following the acquisition of outfielder Cameron Maybin, Tigers GM Al Avila made it clear that he has no intention of adding another outfielder to the mix at this..." November 25

  • 10 breakout prospects from AFL season

    MLB.com "The Arizona Fall League season is now in the books and, as usual, many top prospects performed well. But while it's exciting to see known players do what's expected, it's at least as much fun to see other Minor Leaguers put themselves on the map during the six-week AFL campaign. Every year,..." November 23

  • Look for second-tier pitcher to sign before Price, Greinke

    Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23

  • Tigers' trade for Maybin likely means Davis is gone

    Detroit Free Press "Rajai Davis’ days in Detroit are all but done. Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila said on Friday evening that the team had extended an offer to the veteran outfielder, but acquiring Cameron Maybin in a trade with the Braves was a better fit. “At the end of the day, we felt this was the..." November 23

  • Tigers acquire Cameron Maybin from Braves in 3-player trade

    SB Nation "The Detroit Tigers acquired center fielder Cameron Maybin and cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for pitchers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier, the teams announced on Friday. Maybin, 28, hit .267/.327/.370 with 18 doubles and 10 home runs in 141 games for the Braves in 2015, his..." November 21

  • Tigers beef up scouting and analytics staffs

    Detroit News "As he promised, executive vice president and general manager Al Avila has beefed up the Tigers scouting and analytics staffs, as well as their international operations. The Tigers have hired four veterans scouts to their Major League bureau: Ray Crone, most recently with the Padres; Joe..." November 20

  • MLB moving toward a “Chase Utley Rule” for slides into second

    Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20

  • 7d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Tigers have inquired on closers available in trade (Chapman, A. Miller, etc.). Not comfortable with asking prices.

  • 6d
    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Free agent pitcher Doug Fister is drawing interest from the Detroit Tigers, among other teams.

  • Report: Tigers acquire closer Francisco Rodriguez

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers have found their closer, and not among the thin crop on the free agent market. The team has acquired veteran right-handed closer Francisco Rodriguez in exchange for infield prospect Javier Betancourt." November 18

  • MLB minimum salary set to remain $507,500 in 2016

    True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18

  • 5 teams that could trade for Aroldis Chapman

    MLB.com "If the Reds wanted to add a touch of theatrics to this thing, they'd set up shop in the lobby of the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., next month and ask teams hoping to trade for closer Aroldis Chapman to take a number. The Astros certainly would be there to grab one. The Tigers probably..." November 17

  • Tigers expressing interest in Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo

    Bless You Boys "The Detroit Tigers and their general manager, Al Avila, have not been shy about the direction they are taking this offseason. They were linked to anyone and everyone at the general manager meetings last week, a stark contrast from years past when former president Dave Dombrowski took a cloak and..." November 17

  • 12d
    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    As the Tigers target the second-tier of free agent starting pitchers, Yovani Gallardo is someone they have interest in.

  • Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim plans on signing with MLB team

    Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13

  • Top hitters honored with Silver Slugger Awards

    MLB.com "The best hitters in the American League and the National League were commemorated for their 2015 campaigns on Thursday, as the Silver Slugger Awards were announced during an hour-long special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Awards, presented by Louisville Slugger, are handed out annually to..." November 13

  • MLB assessing legality of daily fantasy sites

    Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Tigers have had conversations about re-signing Hernan Perez, who recently gained free agency from #Brewers.

  • Tigers GM: Iwakuma in mix as team hunts for starter

    The Score "The Detroit Tigers need starting pitching, and they have their eyes on at least one free agent who can help in that regard. General manager Al Avila said that the team is interested in Hisashi Iwakuma, reports MLB.com's Jason Beck. Iwakuma would add a reliable veteran presence to a Tigers..." November 11

  • Defensive standouts nab Gold Glove Awards

    MLB.com "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11

  • Superstars among finalists for BBWAA honors

    MLB.com "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11

  • 2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network

    MLB.com "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10

  • MLB considering rule change to prevent takeout slides

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10

  • 16d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Sources: #Tigers hiring Jay Sartori to run baseball analytics. Former #BlueJays assistant GM, most recently worked for Apple.

  • 16d
    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    Japanese 3B-2B Nobu Matsuda, 32, has declared for free agency with hopes of MLB deal. Hit 35 HR for softbank.

  • The Tigers are going to meet with Joakim Soria’s agent

    Hardball Talk "Tony Paul of the Detroit News reports that the Tigers are expected to meet with the representatives for free agent Joakim Soria at this week’s GM Meetings. Soria was a Tiger for 2014 and the first half of 2015 before being dealt to the Pirates. Overall last season he posted a 2.53 ERA, 1.09..." November 09

  • Report: Cubs are David Price’s ‘first choice’ in free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball’s free agency period opens on Saturday, and David Price will be one of the most sought-after free agents on the market. However, a new report says that he already has an ideal destination in mind. FOX Sports’s Ken Rosenthal reports that an executive who knows Price says..." November 07

  • Rotation, bullpen are top priorities for Tigers as free agency nears

    Michigan Live "General manager Al Avila said recently that the Detroit Tigers will be open to any and all ways to improve this offseason. Their main focus will be on improving a pitching staff that was one of the worst in the majors in 2015. Action should start heating up for the Tigers and the other 29 teams..." November 05

  • Tigers prospect JaCoby Jones suspended 50 games

    Hardball Talk "Tigers shortstop prospect JaCoby Jones has been suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Detroit acquired Jones from Pittsburgh in the midseason trade for reliever Joakim Soria and he finished the year at Double-A. Picked in the third round of the 2013 draft,..." November 05

  • Tigers purchase contract of Luis Cessa to prevent him from becoming free agent

    Michigan Live "he original version of this story did not include the information that Luis Cessa was eligible to become a free agent. That information has been added to this version of the story. It has not been long since the Detroit Tigers obtained right-handed pitcher Luis Cessa from the New York Mets...." November 04

  • MLB free agents 2015: Predicting top targets for each American League team

    Sporting News "Like a phoenix rising from its ashes, the end of one major league season sparks the life of the next. Baseball, like any sport, is predicated on its players. Each team comes with a rabid fan base anxiously awaiting what moves will be made during the offseason. This year, there are plenty of..." November 04

  • Rondon will have to earn clean slate in 2016

    Detroit News "There is an offseason plan in place for the Tigers' deposed closer Bruce Rondon. Whether he follows the plan, well, that remains to be seen. Rondon, whom the Tigers sent home on Sept. 22 because of poor effort, is scheduled to pitch winter ball near his home in Venezuela — for Navegantes del..." November 04

  • Tigers decline option for 2016 season on closer Joe Nathan, who is now a free agent

    Michigan Live "Joe Nathan is free to sign with any major league team. But time will tell whether his career in the major leagues is over. The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday that they have declined the option for the 2016 season for right-hander Joe Nathan. Nathan is now a free agent. The Tigers held a..." November 03

  • Source: Tigers, Joakim Soria to discuss possible reunion

    Detroit News "Tigers new closer, same as the old closer? The Tigers and free agent Joakim Soria have at least some mutual interest in a reunion, a source familiar with the club's thinking told The Detroit News. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because they're not authorized to discuss the..." November 03

  • 2015-16 MLB Offseason: 10 trade and free agent predictions

    CBS Sports "The 2015-16 offseason is officially upon us. The Royals clinched the 2015 World Series title with their win over the Mets Sunday night, and, at 9am ET Monday morning, a total of 139 players became free agents. Here's the list. As always, the 2015-16 offseason promises to be action packed, with..." November 03

  • Count on a busy time for free agents and a whole lot more this offseason

    ESPN "One of the great misnomers in baseball is the offseason -- because there is no such thing. The fall and winter will bring signings and trades and rule changes, with barely a pause for Christmas. The baseball season ended late this year, which means slightly less time to get everything done. But..." November 03

  • MLB free agent class highlighted by David Price, Johnny Cueto and Jordan Zimmermann

    SB Nation "The World Series is over and Major League Baseball officially shifts into the hot stove season on Monday, beginning with dozens of players hitting free agency the morning after the World Series ends. It's a loaded free agent class highlighted by ace starting pitchers and a few impact position..." November 02

  • Tigers' Daniel Norris cancer-free after successful thyroid surgery

    CBS Sports "Worry turned to relief Thursday when Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris announced via his Instagram page that he had successful surgery to remove thyroid cancer. Norris on Oct. 19 announced the same way that he needed cancer surgery, and requested fans send positive thoughts and prayers his..." October 30

  • Tigers set to hire Rich Dubee as pitching coach

    Detroit News "The Tigers are set to announce that 58-year-old Rich Dubee is their new pitching coach. They are expected to announce the hire, first reported by MLB.com, at noon on Thursday. Dubee has been the minor league pitching coordinator for the Braves the last two seasons, but he made his mark..." October 29

  • Source: A.J. Sager, Steve McCatty on short list as Tigers near decision on pitching coach

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have pared down a long list of potential candidates to be their next pitching coach. A former Tigers pitcher and a former Tigers pitching coach are on the short list of remaining candidates. Former Tigers pitcher A.J. Sager and former Tigers pitching coach Steve McCatty are..." October 28

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred defends DraftKings partnership, says fantasy sports ‘not gambling’

    New York Daily News "Rob Manfred isn't a participant in daily fantasy leagues, but Major League Baseball's commissioner reiterated his support for the industry and the league's partnership with DraftKings. "I really don't have regrets about our involvement with fantasy," Manfred said. "I think that fantasy is an..." October 27

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred wants MLB to hire more minority managers

    SI "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants the league to hire more minority managers and coaches, the Associated Press reports. “We have had a year where our numbers are down in terms of the diversity that we have in some of our key positions,” Manfred said “I think it’s incumbent upon us to come up..." October 27

  • What would Jackie Robinson say about lack of minority managers in MLB?

    Sporting News "One. Forty-three years after Jackie Robinson made what would be his last public appearance at Riverfront Stadium during the 1972 World Series, there is just one manager Latino or African-American or manager in MLB: Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez, who was born in Cuba and raised in Miami. Is this..." October 26

  • A.J. Sager, Mick Billmeyer among pitching coach candidates for Detroit Tigers

    Michigan Live "A.J. Sager is on the list. Mike Maroth is not. The Tigers have started their search to hire a replacement for former pitching coach Jeff Jones, and have put together a preliminary list of candidates. Among those being considered to fill the vacancy is Sager, Detroit's minor league pitching..." October 22

  • MLB considering disciplining playoff teams over on-field champagne celebrations

    Sporting News "MLB has message to teams that carry their postseason champagne celebrations onto the field to spray fans: Put a cork in it. According to ESPN, there could even be disciplinary action involved. First, there's the image of players, manager and coaches consuming alcohol on the field (never mind..." October 22

  • 37d
    Jason Beck @beckjason

    Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones retires, team announces.

  • Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris reveals he is battling cancer

    USA Today "Detroit Tigers starter Daniel Norris, a top pitching prospect who joined the team in the deadline deal that sent David Price to the Blue Jays, shared some scary news on Instagram on Monday. The 22-year-old lefty revealed that he has been battling cancer, and that he opted to play through it in..." October 19

  • Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones retires

    MLB.com "The Tigers coaching staff, which had been expected to stay intact with manager Brad Ausmus’ return, now has a major opening. Jeff Jones, who coached two Tigers pitchers to Cy Young awards, announced his retirement Monday after spending the last five seasons as pitching coach and nine seasons on..." October 19

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