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Larry Brown Sports Nov 17, 2017

White Sox open to trading sluggers Jose Abreu, Avisail Garcia

The Chicago White Sox have traded away Chris Sale, Adam Eaton, Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson, and Melky Cabrera all within the last year, and the fire sale may not be complete just yet. White Sox GM Rick Hahn said this week that the team has received trade inquiries on sluggers Jose...Read More
Grand Rapids Press Nov 17, 2017
Former Tigers pitcher faces 50-game suspension for failed drug test

Former Tigers pitcher faces 50-game suspension for failed drug test

Angel Nesbitt tested positive for Heptaminol, according to a release from Major League Baseball. Pitcher Angel Nesbitt, who became a free agent earlier this month after spending eight years in the Detroit Tigers system, has tested positive for a banned stimulant and faces a 50-game suspension when he signs with a new club. Nesbitt tested positive for Heptaminol, according to a release from Major League Baseball. The stimulant is a vasoconstrictor used to treat low blood pressure; it's also used in some over-the-counter hemorrhoid medications.  Nesbitt, who...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 17, 2017
Justin Verlander talks about World Series win, marrying Kate Upton

Justin Verlander talks about World Series win, marrying Kate Upton

Verlander appeared as a guest on The Today Show Friday where he spoke about just how hectic that last month has been. Watch video NEW YORK -- Former Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander is back from his honeymoon -- or both of them -- and is sharing a bit about what the last month of his life has been like. Verlander appeared as a guest on The Today Show Friday where he spoke about just how hectic that last month has been since winning the World Series with the Houston Astros and marrying his supermodel wife Kate Upton. "It's been pretty crazy, but...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 17, 2017
No. 1 rule in Tigers' front office: No turf battles between scouting, analytics

No. 1 rule in Tigers' front office: No turf battles between scouting, analytics

We made a promise as an organization that were not going to get into, This guys an analytics signing, that guys a scouting signing, Tigers general manager Al Avila said. ORLANDO, Fla. -- When the Detroit Tigers signed minor-league free agent Mark Montgomery earlier this week, was that decision driven by in-person scouting or analytics? What about Kevin Comer and Niko Goodrum? Did one of them catch a scout's eye? Did the other stand out based on a proprietary algorithm that predicts future performance? Put another way, who gets credit (or blame, if things go...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 16, 2017
Tigers sign 2 minor-league free agents

Tigers sign 2 minor-league free agents

Right-handed pitcher Kevin Comer, 25, and infielder/outfielder Niko Goodrum, 26, will be looking for fresh starts in the Tigers system. Comer (MILB photo)  The Detroit Tigers have signed two former top prospects from other organizations to minor-league contracts this week. Right-handed pitcher Kevin Comer, 25, and infielder/outfielder Niko Goodrum, 26, will be looking for fresh starts in the Tigers system. The signings were first reported by Roster Roundup.  Comer was selected 57th overall draft in the 2011 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, who later shipped...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 16, 2017

15 Tigers most and least likely to be traded this winter

Infielders Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias will be mentioned most frequently in trade talks because theyre in the final year of their contract and will be relatively expensive (for a rebuilding club). But the Tigers will be willing to listen to offers for just about anybody
Grand Rapids Press Nov 15, 2017
Max Scherzer wins 2nd straight NL Cy Young Award

Max Scherzer wins 2nd straight NL Cy Young Award

In the American League, Corey Kluber won his second Cy Young, beating out Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale. Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer won his second consecutive National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday. The Washington Nationals pitcher received 27 of 30 first-place votes. The other three went to Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.  Former Tigers prospect Robbie Ray, now with the Arizona Diamondbacks, finished in seventh place. In the American League, Corey Kluber won his second Cy Young, beating out Red Sox left-hander Chris...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 15, 2017
J.D. Martinez reportedly wants $210 million deal as free agent

J.D. Martinez reportedly wants $210 million deal as free agent

Martinez finished 2017 with 45 home runs while playing for Detroit and Arizona. J.D. Martinez is swinging for the fences in free agency, too. The former Detroit Tigers outfielder has Scott Boras as his agent now, and that means hefty demands from the guy who finished with a career-high 45 home runs last season. How much? Try $30 million per season, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The J.D. Martinez asking price to teams at GM Meetings:Seven years, $210 million— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 15, 2017 The Tigers traded Martinez to the...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 15, 2017
Tigers 'not losing on purpose' in 2018, but that doesn't mean they won't lose

Tigers 'not losing on purpose' in 2018, but that doesn't mean they won't lose

You cant just say, Were going to lose and were going to pick No. 1 for the next four years and thats going to do it. If thats all you do, youre not going to get there, said Tigers general manager Al Avila. ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tanking is still a dirty word in baseball, even if the Houston Astros' recent success seems to validate the strategy. The Astros, of course, lost an average of 108 games from 2011-2013, stocked up on high draft picks and young players and then won the World Series after a dominant 101-win season in 2017. Easy, right? "It's not that easy," said...
Larry Brown Sports Nov 14, 2017

Report: Royals growing pessimistic about re-signing Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas

The Kansas City Royals are not feeling particularly confident about their chances of running it back with their current core next season, according to a report. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported on Tuesday that the Royals have become “increasingly more pessimistic” about their chances of re-signing their major free agents, including Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas,...Read More
Grand Rapids Press Nov 14, 2017
Tigers expect Victor Martinez to be ready for spring training

Tigers expect Victor Martinez to be ready for spring training

So far there have been no issues with the heart problem, general manager Al Avila said. ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers have no reason to think that Victor Martinez won't be ready for spring training. Nor do they have any reason to expect him to walk away from the $18 million left on his contract. "We talked face-to-face," said Tigers general manager Al Avila on Monday. "He expects to be ready to go for spring training." Martinez, who turns 39 next month, underwent a cardiac ablation in September after twice experiencing an irregular heartbeat. "So far there...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 14, 2017
Tigers have 'painful' 40-man roster decisions to make this week, GM says

Tigers have 'painful' 40-man roster decisions to make this week, GM says

Here are some of the tough decisions the Tigers will have to make. ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Rule 5 Draft isn't until next month, but the Detroit Tigers have just a few more days to protect players on the 40-man roster before Monday's deadline. The Tigers have nine open spots, but they can't use all of them, and general manager Al Avila said the discussions about who to leave unprotected have been "excruciating and painful." "This may be one of the toughest years," he said during a break in this week's General Managers' Meetings. "You can only have 40 guys. It's a...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 13, 2017
Miguel Cabrera could be 'stronger than ever' in 2018, Tigers say

Miguel Cabrera could be 'stronger than ever' in 2018, Tigers say

But Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila thinks Cabrera lost some power and strength when he lost weight in 2017. ORLANDO, Fla. -- To ease the pressure on his back, Miguel Cabrera lost weight -- a lot of it, very quickly -- in 2017. But Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila thinks he also lost some power and strength in the process.  Cabrera's goal this offseason is to build up his core muscles, adding strength while protecting his back. So far, the Tigers like what they've heard. "Cabrera is doing very good. I've talked to him twice now," Avila said Monday...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 13, 2017
Tigers GM Al Avila says he's fielding calls for trade talk

Tigers GM Al Avila says he's fielding calls for trade talk

Right now its just in conversation. There are teams that have needs and they look at free agency and trades, and were just one team that theyre looking at. ORLANDO, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila said he's already "exchanged several phone calls" with other general managers about potential trades. And that was before he arrived here at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for this week's General Managers' Meetings.  A hot topic of conversation? Second baseman Ian Kinsler. Avila didn't suggest that any deal was imminent. "I'll take it slow and not rush...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 13, 2017
Tigers sign Mark Montgomery to minor-league deal

Tigers sign Mark Montgomery to minor-league deal

General manager Al Avila said there are other minor-league signings in progress that hes not yet ready to announce. Montgomery (MILB photo)  ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers have signed right-handed pitcher Mark Montgomery, the first of many minor-league free agents the team is likely to pursue this season. Montgomery, 27, spent six years in the New York Yankees organization before signing with the St. Louis Cardinals last April.  He's 22-11 with a 2.35 ERA in 352 career innings, all in the minors. Last year for Triple-A Memphis, Montgomery went 5-1 with a...

AL Central Player News

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