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
Sporting News "Free-agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer reportedly remains a top priority for the Tigers one year after turning down a six-year, $144-million deal with the team. Detroit is focused on re-signing the former American League Cy Young winner, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney. Scherzer, who..." December 09
USA Today "The New York Yankees have found their replacement for Derek Jeter, who retired at the end of the 2014 season. The Yankees acquired shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team deal that also includes the Detroit Tigers, according to several media..." December 06
Detroit News "General manager Dave Dombrowski said Thursday the Tigers have no intention of trading an existing starting pitcher even as they prepare to make one of their own pitching prospects a potential replacement for free agent Max Scherzer. Various national rumors, including a Thursday report by Ken..." December 05
The Minnesota #Twins win the Torii Hunter sweepstakes. He returns home on a 1-year contract in perhaps the final chapter of fabulous career.
Torii Hunter would like to have a new team in place by the start of the winter meetings. Twins have a shot, but several teams interested.
Hardball Talk "In a move that presumably signals his retirement as a player, longtime big leaguer Carlos Pena has joined MLB Network as a studio analyst for the upcoming season. Pena was the 10th overall pick in the 1998 draft and played 14 seasons in the majors for eight different teams, including a brief..." December 01
Detroit News "As for Tigers news that might have been underappreciated in the days following Detroit's farewell to 2014, there was the doctor's report on Alex Avila. He had no detectable damage from the past season's concussions. Moreover, the docs saw no reason for him to fear playing big-league baseball in..." November 29
Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians haven't shown a lot of interest in Justin Masterson outside of some early contact at the start of the free agent season. That doesn't mean their former ace will be a stranger come next season. Masterson, 30, has received inquiries from the four other teams in the AL Central –..." November 28
Detroit Free Press "Ezequiel Carrera is a free agent. The Detroit Tigers outrighted the outfielder's contract to Triple-A Toledo this afternoon and he elected to become a free agent instead. Carrera, 27, hit .261 in 45 games with the Tigers this past season. He was signed as a free agent in January and hit..." November 25
Detroit Free Press "The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is appealing the dismissal of criminal sexual conduct charges against baseball pitcher Evan Reed, who started and ended this past season with the Detroit Tigers. The appeal will be heard at 9 a.m. on Friday before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael..." November 19
CBSSports.com "So far this offseason, there hasn't been much that's new and interesting tied to the Yankees -- baseball's most storied franchise and usually among its most active winter players. And there has been very little, if anything, that's been linked to right-hander Max Scherzer -- baseball's top..." November 18
Tigers announce they've picked up $5.4 mil option on Alex Avila. Team had until Thursday to decide.
SB Nation "After two years roaming right field with the Tigers, Torii Hunter won't return to Detroit in 2015. General manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters on Friday the team didn't have room in the budget for Hunter, who is a free agent. The Detroit Tigers formally announced the return of designated..." November 16
Dombrowski confirms Hanrahan signing to minor-league deal, said they've been told by Dr. Andrews he'll be ready to go in spring training.
MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers have agreed to re-signed right-hander Joel Hanrahan to a one-year, $1MM Major League contract with an additional $2.5MM available via incentives, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (Twitter link)." November 14
Tigers are listening on catcher Alex Avila, Braves and Red Sox have some interest in LH hitter..
New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13
Sportsnet.ca "The Toronto Blue Jays moved to address their longstanding issues at second base by acquiring prospect Devon Travis from the Detroit Tigers for centre-fielder Anthony Gose on Wednesday night. Travis, 23, was a 13th-round pick in 2012 and batted .298/.358/.460 with 10 homers and 52 RBI in 100..." November 13
Sources: #Tigers close to re-signing Victor Martinez to four-year deal.
ESPN.com "The Detroit Tigers and veteran Victor Martinez have agreed to a four-year deal, a team source told ESPN's Jim Bowden. The deal will be worth around $70 million, sources told ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski had said Tuesday that re-signing Martinez was the..." November 12
New York Post "The Tigers almost certainly made their last best shot to sign Max Scherzer long term in spring training, when the righty rejected a six-year, $144 million overture. As general manager Dave Dombrowski said, “Back then only we could have signed him. Now, 29 other teams could sign him. As you see,..." November 12
CBSSports.com "The Blue Jays have joined at least the Mariners and incumbent Tigers in the derby for top free-agent hitter Victor Martinez, who posted an MVP type season at the right time. Toronto is seen as having the greatest needs at second base (or third base) and in the bullpen, though it recently traded..." November 11
Source: Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez did not accept qualifying offers (as expected). Now officially free agents.
Sources: #Mariners interested in Hanley. Some, however, doubt team will make another $100M+ signing. One source says VMart is M's priority.
I'm told #MNTwins do have some interest in Torii Hunter reunion, but he would have to take a MAJOR pay cut for it to happen.
Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05
Bless You Boys "According to many pundits, Max Scherzer is the best pitcher available on the free agent market this winter. He turned down a six year, $144 million offer to stay with the Detroit Tigers prior to the 2014 season. His agent, Scott Boras, has a reputation for getting the most money possible for his..." November 04
ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Tuesday isn't just Election Day. It's also the first official day of free agency in Major League Baseball and one player the Twins have already expressed interest in is outfielder Torii Hunter, per a source. Teams were allowed to reach out to agents last week, but contractual terms can't be..." November 04
New York Daily News "Put the Panda heads away, Yankees fans; Pablo Sandoval isn’t coming to the Bronx. And you can add Max Scherzer, Jon Lester and James Shields to that list while you’re at it. According to a source, the Yankees have no plans to pursue either Scherzer or Lester, the top two free agents on the..." November 04
Detroit Free Press "The Tigers mentioned a number of players Friday in an afternoon news release that announced a flurry of roster moves. But it's a player the team didn't mention that was notable on the second day of the off-season. Alex Avila, the starting catcher the past five seasons, has a $5.4-million..." November 02
#Tigers re-sign 3B Mike Hessman, he of 417 minor league HR, including a record 272 in International League, to minor league deal.
Source: #Tigers exercise $7M team option on Joakim Soria.
Detroit Free Press "The playoffs were still going on — the Tigers had been eliminated the previous week, in three-and-out fashion — but the media and fans wanted answers. When Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski held his end-of-the-season news conference Oct. 14, he listed his off-season..." October 30
Deadspin.com "Last we checked in with Torii Hunter's thoughts about gay players in the locker room, he was saying just the sort of thing that makes gay ballplayers reticent about coming out of the closet: For me, as a Christian…I will be uncomfortable because in all my teachings and all my learning,..." October 30
Detroit News "Tap at a calculator for a few revealing moments and anyone can see the Tigers are colliding with significant and potentially daunting 2015 payroll realities. Even with the possible loss of free agents Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez, and Torii Hunter and the combined $41.2 million they drew this..." October 30
Detroit Free Press "Brayan Pena didn't think twice when Max Scherzer asked him for his address so he could send him something. Pena, who spent this past season catching and playing first base for the Cincinnati Reds, had enjoyed playing for the Detroit Tigers in 2013 and was glad to play a small role in helping..." October 28
Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers do not know for sure when Miguel Cabrera will resume baseball activities or play in his first game. They cannot say with 100 percent certainty that he will be ready for the start of spring training or even opening day. But general manager Dave Dombrowski is certain of one..." October 26
CBSSports.com "Tigers star designated hitter Victor Martinez will try to capitalize on a monster season with a four-year deal as a free agent, according to sources. The Tigers will extend the qualifying offer to the switch-hitting Martinez, according to people familair with their plans, but he will decline..." October 25