Tigers Rumors & News

  • Tigers shopped Upton during season

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers were shopping outfielder Justin Upton only months after signing him to a lucrative long-term contract, ESPN's Buster Olney reported in his insider column this week. In the report, available only to subscribers, Olney said the Tigers pushed to trade Upton during the season and..." October 22

  • Tigers hire Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach

    Detroit News "The Tigers named Lloyd McClendon as the team's new hitting coach and Leon "Bull" Durham as assistant hitting coach Friday. McClendon replaces Wally Joyner, who opted not to return after three seasons in the position. McClendon served as manager of the Tigers' Triple A affiliate Toledo Mud..." October 22

  • Tigers open for biz, willing to trade anybody

    ESPN "It would be a stretch to compare the Detroit Tigers to a used-car dealership, with all of the merchandise priced to sell and a concerted effort to clear the lot of all of the big-ticket items. But the message being received from the rest of the industry is a dramatic shift for one of baseball's..." October 21

  • Most likely Detroit Tiger to be traded? Probably J.D. Martinez

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers aren’t in a position to spend more money. General manager Al Avila said as much on Tuesday afternoon, saying with certainty the team would not be a big player in the free agent market. Avila wants the team to get younger. He wants more financial flexibility. And this..." October 20

  • The Tigers aren’t saying they’re rebuilding. But they’re basically rebuilding.

    Hardball Talk "For the past several years the Tigers have spent big and gone for it. They’ve handed out large, multi-year contracts to superstars and have made blockbuster trades, all of which screamed “win now, the cost be damned.” As of yesterday, that era appears to be over. General Manager Al Avila spoke..." October 19

  • Tigers GM Avila says payroll won’t go up, team wants to get younger

    Today's Knuckleball "The Detroit Tigers have been known to be one of the biggest free-spenders in all of baseball. Team general manager Al Avila said he hasn’t conformed what his budget for next year’s payroll will be, but he did say it will not go up according to MLB.com Tigers reporter Jason Beck. Avila also said..." October 18

  • 2017 free agency qualifying offer to be worth $17.2 million

    Today's Knuckleball "Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball and FanRag Sports has reported that the qualifying offer for free agents this upcoming offseason will be $17.2 million. Teams with impending free agents must make a qualifying offer to those players in order to get draft pick compensation should they sign with..." October 13

  • No firm answer for rise in home runs

    Today's Knuckleball "One of the biggest surprises of this season has been the return of the home run. Testing for performance-enhancing drugs, a more consistent calling of the strike zone and better pitching — particularly the preponderance of hard-throwing relievers — were supposed to mean the end of the..." October 13

  • Verlander criticized for ill-advised All Lives Matter tweet

    Sporting News "Justin Verlander may not be pitching this October, but he's going to make headlines for his postgame comments. On the TBS postgame show following the Rangers-Blue Jays American League Division Series finale, the panel of analysts decided to sing the Canadian national anthem, "O Canada." They..." October 10

  • Tigers’ hitting coach Wally Joyner will not return in 2017

    Hardball Talk "Hitting coach Wally Joyner will not join the Tigers for the 2017 season, according to a statement released by the team on Saturday. Joyner is expected to pursue “other interests in the game of baseball,” though no specifics about his departure were given. Joyner joined the Tigers in the 2013..." October 09

  • Attendance drops in 2016, but Tigers satisfied with overall numbers

    Michigan Live "Attendance at Comerica Park dropped by about 2,000 fans per game for the third season in a row, but remained above the league average. The Detroit Tigers were 13th in Major League Baseball, averaging 31,173 fans a game in 2016. That's down from 33,655 in 2015. Tigers general manager Al Avila..." October 09

  • TBS to add pitch count to broadcast graphic for rest of postseason

    Today's Knuckleball "TBS broadcasts have frustrated viewers thus far into the 2016 postseason with a score graphic that does not show the number of pitches thrown by a pitcher. The simplified graphic is stripped of extra information beyond score, inning, base-out state and count. According to Richard Deitsch of..." October 09

  • Tigers GM took 'big picture' view in decision to keep Brad Ausmus

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila said he took a "big picture" view of the 2016 season when deciding the fate of manager Brad Ausmus. Avila acknowledged that some would want to "whack the guy and move forward" after the Tigers didn't make the playoffs. "It's not as simple as that,"..." October 07

  • Joe Buck reveals that hair plug addiction nearly cost him his career

    SI "Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck feared for his broadcasting career five years ago when he suffered a paralyzed left vocal chord. The ailment struck him a few weeks before the start of the 2011 baseball season, and it wasn’t until October of that year that he truly felt his voice was back. At the..." October 06

  • Baseball players are getting fat like us

    USA Today "Americans tuning in to the baseball playoffs might notice an unfortunate trend: Like much of the country, baseball players are increasingly overweight or even obese. Being classified as normal weight is now the exception rather than the rule in the U.S. The collective expansion of our..." October 06

  • Rob Manfred again deflects questions pertaining to paying minor leaguers a livable wage

    Hardball Talk "Though it’s an issue that has been on the back burner for a few months, earlier this year, the topic of minor league salaries was a huge issue. Near the end of June, Congressman Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) proposed H.R. 5580, or the “Save America’s Pastime Act,” in..." October 05

  • Tigers To Exercise Brad Ausmus’ Option

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tigers will exercise manager Brad Ausmus’ option for 2017, reports Chris McCosky of the Detroit News (Twitter link). Under Ausmus, the Tigers have gone 250-234 – including 86-75 in 2016 – with one playoff appearance in three seasons. Detroit fell 2.5 games short of an American League..." October 05

  • Final 2017 MLB Draft order set: The Twins are on the clock and here's what to know

    CBS Sports "At 59-103, the Minnesota Twins not only had the worst record in baseball in 2016, they also had the worst record since the Washington Senators franchise relocated to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1961. The 1982 team, which went 60-102, previously had the worst record in team history. If..." October 03

  • Teheran helps Braves close out Turner Field in style

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves said so-long to Turner Field in style. Right-hander Julio Teheran made one run stand up and outdueled Justin Verlander as the Braves closed Turner Field with a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. "I don't know how we could end any better," Atlanta..." October 02

  • Blue Jays, Orioles, Tigers pick tiebreaker options for AL wild-card berth

    USA Today "The Toronto Blue Jays will host the first game of a potential three-way tiebreaker Tuesday while the Baltimore Orioles have opted to play one home game Wednesday instead of playing two potential road games to earn a wild-card berth, MLB officials told USA TODAY Sports. The officials spoke to..." October 02

  • Cabrera powers Tigers to pivotal win in Atlanta

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Nothing that veteran slugger Miguel Cabrera does really surprises Detroit manager Brad Ausmus these days. Not even another two-home run night. "For him it's pretty normal," Ausmus said. "He set a standard offensively that few have ever met." The Detroit first baseman hit a..." October 01

  • Braves damage Tigers' playoff chances

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves, trying to play the spoiler's role in the final series at Turner Field, put a damper on the Detroit Tigers' wild-card hopes in the American League. Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis homered to spark a 5-3 interleague victory Saturday night that left the Tigers..." October 01

  • Michael Fulmer to start in Detroit Tigers-Cleveland Indians make-up

    Detroit Free Press "Michael Fulmer’s chances at the American League ERA title might not be over. If the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians are forced to play the final game of the season on Monday afternoon at Comerica Park, it will be Fulmer on the mound, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said before Friday night’s..." October 01

  • Tigers-Indians to play Monday afternoon if necessary

    Michigan Live "The final regular season home game at Comerica Park has been postponed because of rain. The Detroit Tigers game against the Cleveland Indians that was scheduled for Thursday will be made up on Monday afternoon only if it has implications for the postseason. Officials waited more than four..." September 30

  • Cabrera's 3-run HR helps Tigers beat Indians, rain

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- If there's one player in baseball who can put a team on his back and carry it to the playoffs, it's Miguel Cabrera. "He is who he is," rookie right-hander Michael Fulmer of Detroit said after Cabrera's three-run home run in the fifth Wednesday night gave the Tigers a..." September 29

  • Cabrera powers Tigers past Indians 12-0

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Justin Verlander got Detroit back on track, but the problem the Tigers face is saying on the rails until their ace can pitch again Sunday. Verlander blanked Cleveland on four hits over 7 2/3 innings Tuesday night and Miguel Cabrera drove in five runs to surpass 100 RBIs for the..." September 27

  • Tigers activate Nick Castellanos from 15-day disabled list

    Today's Knuckleball "The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday that they have officially activated third baseman Nick Castellanos from the 15-day disabled list. Castellanos has been on the shelf since August 6 after breaking his left hand after being hit by a pitch from New York Mets starter Logan Verrett. It was his..." September 27

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Indians clinch AL Central with win over Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- It was just as sweet as Terry Francona hoped. "This is as close to family in a professional setting as you can get," Francona said Monday night after his Cleveland Indians downed the Detroit Tigers 7-4 to win their eighth American League Central title but first since 2007. "I..." September 26

  • Royals belt four homers, win slugfest vs. Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers aren't running out of hits, but they may be running out of time. The Kansas City Royals slugged four home runs, four doubles and a triple Sunday to highlight a 19-hit attack in a 12-9 win over the Tigers, who fell 1 1/2 games behind Baltimore in the battle for..." September 25

  • Jose Iglesias day-to-day after exiting game with right hand contusion

    Michigan Live "The status of the Detroit Tigers' starting shortstop is unknown with nine games to go in a sprint to the wild card. Jose Iglesias is day-to-day with a right hand contusion after exiting Friday's 8-3 win over the Kansas City Royals early, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. Iglesias was pulled..." September 24

  • Hosmer caps Royals' ninth-inning uprising, jolts Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Just because the Kansas City Royals are not likely to make the playoffs this season does not mean they can't send out the occasional reminder they are the defending World Series champions. Paulo Orlando ripped a two-run double with two out in the ninth inning and Eric Hosmer..." September 24

  • Verlander defends Fulmer in testy exchange with reporter

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander deemed it a poor choice of words, so he came to the defense of teammate Michael Fulmer in a social media exchange today with a senior writer for Fox Sports. Dieter Kurtenbach wrote a column explaining why he thought Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees..." September 24

  • Tigers sweep Twins, move into playoff position

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers can be thankful the Minnesota Twins are one of their American League Central rivals. Thanks in part Detroit's dominant performance against Minnesota, the Tigers are in prime position to make the playoffs while the Twins are closing in on 100 losses...." September 23

  • Tigers’ Jordan Zimmermann says he’s ready to ‘compete’ in rotation

    Detroit Free Press "Jordan Zimmermann is chomping at the bit. He feels good, a lot better now than he did earlier in the season when he came off the disabled list twice and was shelled, forcing the Detroit Tigers to start him in simulated games against backup players. “I’ve said that before, and it didn’t go..." September 23

  • Tigers use Fulmer, home runs to defeat Royals

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are on a roll, and, for them, this is the right time to do so. Victor Martinez, Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin blasted home runs to back rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer's seven innings of one-run ball in Detroit's 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday..." September 23

  • Ailing Tigers, Twins set for Thursday doubleheader

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- If there is any silver lining to the rainout Wednesday, it is an extra day for both the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins to get healthy. The Wednesday game at Target Field was postponed due to heavy rain in the bottom of the third inning before either team scored a run. The..." September 22

  • Boyd, Cabrera carry Tigers past Twins

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Tigers left-hander Matt Boyd had one of his worst major league starts in his last outing, hurting Detroit's playoff hopes with a home loss to the last-place Minnesota Twins. Given another chance against the same opponent, Boyd made an adjustment and bounced back to boost the..." September 21

  • Kinsler, V-Mart still recovering after being hit by pitches

    Detroit News "The game was still hours away Tuesday and the Tigers had already taken a hit. Two hits, actually. Neither second baseman Ian Kinsler nor designated hitter Victor Martinez, both struck by pitches from Indians' Trevor Bauer on Sunday, were able to play in the series opener against the Twins...." September 21

  • Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann makes little progress in simulated game

    Detroit Free Press "Jordan Zimmermann didn’t make much progress Tuesday afternoon. “About the same as the other day,” Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. Zimmermann threw his second simulated game in a week’s time before Tuesday night’s series opener against the Twins at Target Field, which didn’t seem to..." September 21

  • Ian Kinsler reportedly showing concussion symptoms after fastball to helmet

    Larry Brown Sports "Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler may not have emerged entirely unscathed after staying in the game following a pitch to the helmet on Sunday. According to a report by Jason Beck of MLB.com, Kinsler was showing concussion symptoms after the 9-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians. The..." September 19

  • Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann: Continues to work on delivery issues in another bullpen session

    CBS Sports "Zimmermann threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday and believes he has improved his mechanics, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. "Honestly, I'm getting better, and if the percentages are getting more of those bad ones [pitches] out of there, then I'm moving in the right direction," said the..." September 18

  • Upton, Martinez power Tigers to rare win over Indians

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- After losing 13 of their first 14 games against the Cleveland Indians, including a 1-0 loss in 10 innings on Saturday, the Detroit Tigers weren't in a very good mood Sunday -- even less so after three of their hitters got hit by pitches. Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez hit home..." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • Tigers OF Steven Moya (baby due) not planning to play winter ball

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers outfielder Steven Moya isn’t getting at-bats right now and won’t have many this winter. Moya told the Free Press that his wife is pregnant with their first child, so he plans to stay with her in Florida in the off-season, rather than play winter ball. According to the Centers..." September 17

  • Tigers' Nick Castellanos: Will face live pitching

    CBS Sports "Castellanos (hand) is set to face live pitching over the next few days, MLIve.com's Evan Woodbery reports. "[On Friday, Castellanos] said he felt great in batting practice and he felt like he was ready to take the next step," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He could face a bunch of pitchers over..." September 17

  • Indians top Tigers 1-0 in 10, lose Carrasco

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- What kind of game was it? "Whoever makes a mistake is probably going to lose," said Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, who watched nine of his pitchers combine on a four-hit shutout in a 1-0 10-inning victory over the Detroit Tigers Saturday at Progressive Field. It..." September 17

  • Tigers resisting cortisone shots for Victor Martinez

    Detroit News "On June 12, Victor Martinez got a cortisone shot in his ailing right knee. He sat out three games, came back on June 16 in Kansas City and hit three home runs. It seems Martinez’s surgically-repaired left knee has been bothersome for him of late. But as of Friday, the Tigers have not discussed..." September 17

  • Zimmermann pleased, return unknown; Castellanos ‘just not there yet’

    Detroit Free Press "Jordan Zimmermann said Wednesday was a good day. He threw 80 pitches in a simulated game. “A lot of good ones,” he said, “way more good ones than bad ones.” But the Tigers are still unsure when — or if — their veteran right-hander will return to the mound this regular season. After..." September 15

  • Dozier, Santiago help Twins beat Tigers

    The Sports Xchange "DETROIT -- Some managers look at their opposition and see one player who they will avoid pitching to in game-altering situations. Apparently Detroit Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus is not one of those managers, or Minnesota's Brian Dozier is not one of those players. Down 2-0 in the second..." September 15