Tigers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Tigers, Zagurski agree to minors deal

    CBS Sports "Zagurski signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Sunday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports. Following a two-year stint in Japan, Zagurski, 34, will head back to the States with the hope of making it back to the majors. " February 05

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Ex-MLB player Aubrey Huff crushed for immigration tweet

    Larry Brown Sports "Former MLB player Aubrey Huff decided to share his thoughts on the rash of protests that have broken out across the United States in recent weeks, and it did not go very well for him. On Sunday night, Huff tweeted that all of the people who were getting together to protest should consider..." January 30

  • Tigers' Mark Lowe eager for fresh start this spring after vexing 2016

    Michigan Live "Entangled in one of the worst slumps of his career early last year, Detroit Tigers Mark Lowe tried a million ideas to break out. Eventually, he decided he was over-thinking the problem and the worry was doing more harm than good. "This game can explode on you in a hurry," he said. "At the..." January 28

  • Victor Martinez played through hernia injury last season

    Detroit News "If you watched Victor Martinez hit regularly last season, you often saw him grimace in pain after he swung, particularly when he swung and missed. It was assumed that the wince was related to the lingering effects of his multiple knee surgeries. Turns out, there was another malady he was..." January 27

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Tigers' Anibal Sanchez: Will prepare for starting role

    CBS Sports "Sanchez will compete for a starting role in spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. The right-hander struggled throughout 2016, failing to bring his ERA below 4.08 in any month of the season. Those struggles resulted in some yo-yoing between the rotation and the bullpen -- he'd be..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Brad Ausmus announces Justin Verlander will be Tigers Opening Day starter

    Detroit Sports Nation "On Saturday at TigerFest, manager Brad Ausmus announced that Justin Verlander will be the Detroit Tigers Opening Day starting pitcher. The Tigers first game will be played on April 3rd in Chicago against the White Sox. Ausmus said the rest of the rotation was yet to be determined. Verlander..." January 21

  • Tigers acquire outfielder Mikie Mahtook, designate Anthony Gose for assignment

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have added one player to the team's center field competition and subtracted another. The Tigers acquired Mikie Mahtook from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Anthony Gose was designated for assignment, which means he's removed from..." January 19

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Tigers have been in touch with Blanco, Bourjos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have opened a dialogue with free-agent outfielders Peter Bourjos and Gregor Blanco, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter links). There’s no agreement close with either player, but the two are under consideration as the team looks to fill its void in center..." January 17

  • Kinsler 'possible fallback' if Dodgers can't land Dozier

    CBS Sports "Right now, the Dodgers are slated to open the 2017 season -- in which they'll aim for a fifth straight NL West title -- with Enrique Hernandez as their primary second baseman. Hernandez has his uses and is a useful player to have on the active roster, but he's stretched as an everyday player...." January 15

  • Verlander relieved Tigers didn't make major roster changes

    ESPN "Justin Verlander says he's happy rumors of a big Detroit Tigers selloff this offseason proved just that -- rumors. The Tigers ace, in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Friday, says he's happy Detroit has held on to its key players entering the 2017 season. "It would have been upsetting..." January 13

  • Tigers GM explains how he stepped away from his dad role when signing his son

    Detroit Free Press "Once again, Al Avila had to take himself out of the equation. Way back when the Detroit Tigers drafted his son, Alex, in the fifth round of the 2008 MLB draft, Al Avila would leave the room when his front office colleagues discussed the young catcher from Alabama. But this winter, now as the..." January 13

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Tigers GM Al Avila: ‘There’s No Clear-Cut Answer For Center Field’

    CBS Detroit "Looking ahead to the 2017 season, the Tigers’ biggest question mark exists in center field. And according to their GM, the solution remains unclear. “Right now, there is no clear-cut answer for center field. I would say it’s a work in progress,” Avila told ‘Tiger Talk’ on 97.1 The Ticket on..." January 12

  • Tigers GM: “Ownership Has Not Told Me To Dump Salary”

    CBS Detroit "After Al Avila’s foreboding end-of-the-year comments last November, it was presumed that the Tigers’ GM was facing an edict to cut payroll. As it turns out, that wasn’t the case. “Quite frankly, ownership has not told me to dump salary,” Avila told MLB Network’s Chris Russo on Tuesday...." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Tigers bring back Thad Weber, sign 3 bats for Toledo

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers signed a handful of veteran corner infielders and brought back a journeyman pitcher in a new batch of minor league signings announced in the last week. Among the new names on our running list of offseason signings are pitcher Thad Weber, third baseman Gabriel Quintana and..." January 09

  • Affordable Center Field Options For The Tigers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers are still on the lookout for a center field stopgap, tweets Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, but their preference is to add a low-cost option and spend around $2MM to fill the vacancy. Fenech further notes that the Tigers have opportunities to trade for a center fielder that..." January 05

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Tigers, Edward Mujica Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers and right-hander Edward Mujica have agreed to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training, reports Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports (Twitter link). Mujica is represented by Octagon. The 32-year-old Mujica (33 in May) opened the 2016 season in the Phillies’..." December 29

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Tigers agree to 1-year deal with Avila

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers announced today that the club has agreed to terms with catcher Alex Avila on a one-year contract. “Alex provides us with the needed depth at the catching position,” Tigers Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Al Avila said. Avila, 29, returns..." December 23

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Tigers Will Regret Pretending They're a World Series Contender

    Bleacher Report "Early in the offseason, the Detroit Tigers hung up a "For Sale" sign. Turns out when you flip it over it says "Just Kidding!" OK, that's an exaggeration. First, the winter isn't over. Detroit could still offload one or more of its tradeable veteran assets. Plus, the Tigers never committed to..." December 21