Tigers Rumors & News

  • Tigers and J.D. Martinez agree to a two-year, $18.5 million deal

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers and outfielder J.D. Martinez have reportedly reached a deal. The two sides have agreed to a 2-year, $18.5-million deal, according to multiple reports, avoiding arbitration this year and next year. The deal is pending a physical." February 09

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Tigers still discussing 1- and 2-year deals with J.D. Martinez. If no agreement, he'll be their first arb hearing since 2001 (Chris Holt).

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Funding achieved, ground to be broken on Tiger Stadium site development

    Hardball Talk "For the past several years we’ve provided updates about what’s been happening at the site of old Tiger Stadium in Detroit. In that time it’s gone from ballpark, to Billy Crystal movie set, to half-destroyed backdrop for an Eminem video, to overgrown vacant lot to a field open to all, maintained by..." February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs

    MLB.com "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Tigers GM refused to trade Norris, Fulmer despite offers

    The Score "Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila spent more than $265 million on free agents this winter, but when it came to potentially trading a pair of the organization's pitching prospects, the price was too high. "We could have gone and tried to get one of the bigger-name bullpen guys but we..." January 30

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • Daniel Norris: Lived in van, beat cancer, ready to pitch

    MLB.com "Daniel Norris beat thyroid cancer. Then he surfed in Nicaragua. He also went back home to Johnson City, Tenn., where he served as the grand marshal for the annual holiday parade. And he drove his van to Oregon with filmmaker Ben Moon, a trip that lasted three weeks. "His humble demeanor and..." January 28

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

  • Bruce Rondon, JaCoby Jones expected for spring training

    Michigan Live "Baseball issues aside, Detroit Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon and infield prospect JaCoby Jones are both expected to report and be ready for spring training next month. Rondon, left off the Tigers' caravan tour after recently acquiring the chikungunya virus, is currently residing in Florida but..." January 24

  • After surgery, Tigers P Greene feels ready in any role

    Detroit Free Press "Shane Greene’s hair isn’t the only thing new. His Mohawk got the attention during the Detroit Tigers’ winter caravan, but his right arm feels new, too. “Everything feels really, really good,” Greene said. Greene is fully recovered from surgery on his throwing arm. After a strong start..." January 24

  • Tigers' revamped bullpen 'nice'; still no Rondon

    Detroit Free Press "The off-season upgrades to the Detroit Tigers' bullpen have manager Brad Ausmus already discussing set roles, something he didn’t want to do in the dog days of last summer. “It’s really nice to be able to slot guys into roles in bullpens,” Ausmus said Thursday at Comerica Park, before the team..." January 23

  • Gose ready to battle for CF: ‘I have to perform’

    Detroit News "The signing of left fielder Justin Upton had ramifications beyond owner Mike Ilitch’s tax bill. Left fielder Tyler Collins went from perhaps platooning in left field to possibly spending more time at Triple-A Toledo. Anthony Gose went from perhaps being the starting left fielder to maybe..." January 22

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    Jason Beck @beckjason

    Andrew Romine will wear number 17. He said he did not make Jordan Zimmermann buy number 27 from him.

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • J.D. Martinez still hopeful to get long-term deal done: 'I would love to be a Tiger for life'

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers and outfielder J.D. Martinez continue to talk about a long-term deal. Both sides say they still want to get something done. Martinez spoke about his contract status and a possible long-term deal Thursday afternoon before he and his teammates headed out on the team's annual..." January 21

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Tigers not worried about Upton's opt-out clause

    Detroit News "New Tigers left fielder Justin Upton, now with his fourth team in what will be his 10th season, talked about growing some roots and making a home in Detroit, as you might expect from a player who just signed a six-year deal worth $132.75 million. But, the elephant in the room during his..." January 21

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    Jason Beck @beckjason

    Upton will wear jersey number 8, according to press release. He wore 10 in AZ and SD.

  • Ilitch seems OK with paying luxury tax

    Detroit Free Press "Mike Ilitch said he didn’t care about the luxury tax. He didn’t care about the money. He just wanted the best players. “That’s it,” he said on the last day of November, after the team signed right-handed starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year, $110-million deal. Less than two..." January 20

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, law360.com reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • Justin Upton signed a deal he'll probably opt-out of in 2 years

    SB Nation "It's the winter of the opt-out, as almost every major free agent contract signed this offseason has one. David Price, Jason Heyward, even Ian Kennedy all agreed to deals that will let them out early on if the opportunity to make more money is there. The offseason kicked off with Zack Greinke..." January 19

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • Tigers Sign Justin Upton to 6-Year Deal

    Bless You Boys "The Detroit Tigers will reportedly give outfielder Justin Upton a long term deal, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports. USA Today's Bob Nightengale writes that a six-year deal has been agreed upon "in principle." News of the negotiation first came from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Upton might be the..." January 19

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Tigers in discussions with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton.

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    the tigers are at least giving some consideration to cespedes, joining chisox, mets, astros (@pgammo) & surely more

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    the tigers are at least giving some consideration to cespedes, joining chisox, mets, astros (@pgammo) & surely more

  • Report: Tigers, Iglesias avoid arbitration with $2.1M

    Detroit Free Press "Three players down, one to go. The Detroit Tigers signed their third arbitration-eligible player this afternoon, shortstop Jose Iglesias, to a one-year contract worth $2.1 million, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The deal includes performance bonuses, Heyman said. Iglesias, 26, hit..." January 15

  • Tigers sign Romine for 1 year, avoid arbitration

    Detroit News "The Tigers avoided arbitration with super utility player Andrew Romine on Thursday, signing him to a one-year deal worth $900,000. He could also earn another $25,000 in incentives. Romine, 30, is entering his seventh major league season and third with the Tigers. He appeared in a career-high..." January 15

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    Andrew romine, tigers agree at 900K

  • Tigers avoid arbitration with Wilson on 1-year deal

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with Justin Wilson today by agreeing on a one-year deal with the left-handed pitcher. Wilson will earn $1.525 million, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Outfielder J.D. Martinez, shortstop Jose Iglesias and infielder Andrew Romine are the Tigers..." January 14

  • Tigers sign OF Mayberry Jr. to minor-league deal

    Detroit News "The Tigers continue to look for a potential upgrade in left field. On Wednesday, they settled for some outfield depth when they signed veteran John Mayberry Jr. to a minor-league contract, according to a source with knowledge of the Tigers moves. Mayberry gets an invitation to spring..." January 14

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • Would Tigers sign Chris Davis to play OF?

    MLB.com "What about Chris Davis as an outfielder for the Tigers? He played there in Baltimore. Would Detroit really consider it to get a big bat here? -- Mike B., Winston-Salem, N.C. Well, it's thinking outside the box, or at least off the first-base bag. Given the crazy outfield market that's now..." January 12

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

  • Tigers continue wait-and-see approach to Hot Stove market

    MLB.com "The holidays are over, the calendar has turned and Spring Training now falls under the description of next month rather than next year. This is when time takes on urgency for baseball's offseason market. It's also when the Tigers have done some of their biggest deals, from Carlos Guillen to Ivan..." January 11

  • Looking Ahead To The 2017 Hall of Fame Class

    Baseball Essential "With the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class consisting of two very worthy members in Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the voters of the BBWAA will have another ballot to cast one year from now. Griffey Jr. received the highest percentage of the vote in history, left off only three ballots, while..." January 07

  • MLB has a billion reasons for new live-streaming deal in China

    Sporting News "MLB's international initiative has targeted all the TVs in China. That's a growth potential of more than 1 billion new fans, the result of a "wide-ranging partnership" announced Wednesday with China-based Le Sports in which major league games will be live-streamed in China for the first..." January 07

  • Report: Pirates agree to one-year, $3.9 million deal with Neftali Feliz

    CBS Sports "The Pirates and free agent right-hander Neftali Feliz have agreed to a one-year contract worth $3.9 million, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. The team has not confirmed the move. Feliz, 27, split last season between the Rangers and Tigers. He had a 6.38 ERA (64 ERA+) with a 1.56 WHIP..." January 06