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Shifting philosophy having an impact on Tigers, MLB

Shifting philosophy having an impact on Tigers, MLB

The Tigers use the shift less often than any team in the American League except the Kansas City Royals. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers employed a defensive shift 547 times in 2016. Five years ago, when the average Major League team shifted about once per game, that would have put them at the forefront of baseball. Today, it means the Tigers use the shift less often than any team in the American League except the Kansas City Royals, according to data from the Bill James Handbook. "Part of that was a product of the teams we play in our division. Part of it was a...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 13, 2017
Tigers minor-league pitcher suspended 50 games for failed drug test

Tigers minor-league pitcher suspended 50 games for failed drug test

Collier, drafted by the Tigers in the 22nd round in 2011, is assigned to Double-A Erie. Tommy CollierMILB  DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher Tommy Collier has been suspended for the first 50 games of the 2017 season for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, Major League Baseball announced Friday. Collier, drafted by the Tigers in the 22nd round in 2011, is assigned to Double-A Erie. The 27-year-old right-hander went 9-7 with a 4.20 ERA with the Seawolves in 2016, walking 35 and striking out 87 in 130 innings. He was 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA in...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 13, 2017
Tigers' 2017 Winter Caravan sites announced

Tigers' 2017 Winter Caravan sites announced

The Tigers will make more than 20 stops throughout Michigan next week as part of their annual winter caravan. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers will make more than 20 stops throughout Michigan next week as part of their annual winter caravan. General manager Al Avila, manager Brad Ausmus, special assistant Alan Trammell will be among those in attendance, according to the team. The group of players, coaches and staff will split into two buses, one heading west and one staying in the metro area. The full release of dates and locations provided by the team is listed...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 13, 2017
Tigers arbitration: Deals reached with Justin Wilson, Alex Wilson

Tigers arbitration: Deals reached with Justin Wilson, Alex Wilson

Jon Heyman of Fangraph Sports reported that Alex Wilson would make $1.175 million and Justin Wilson $2.7 million. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have reached 2017 contract agreements with two more players, avoiding arbitration with relievers Justin Wilson and Alex Wilson. Jon Heyman of Fangraph Sports reported that Alex Wilson would make $1.175 million and Justin Wilson $2.7 million. The Tigers reached an agreement with utility man Andrew Romine on a $1.3 million contract Thursday night.  All the salary figures are in line with expectations. Shortstop Jose...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 13, 2017
Justin Verlander glad Tigers are back in '17: 'I'm too old be part of a rebuilding'

Justin Verlander glad Tigers are back in '17: 'I'm too old be part of a rebuilding'

Would it have been upsetting for me if we started trading away everybody? Im too old to be part of a rebuilding process, Verlander said in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Friday. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander said offseason trade rumors didn't affect his preparation for the season but made him think about what he would do if the team asked him to waive his no-trade clause. "It was interesting hearing about it. That gets your wheels spinning a little bit," he told MLB Network Radio on Friday. "I love Detroit, have been there my whole...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 13, 2017
Andrew Romine to make $1.3 million in 2017 after settling with Tigers

Andrew Romine to make $1.3 million in 2017 after settling with Tigers

Five other Tigers are eligible to file for arbitration today; if last year is any guide, most will reach settlements within the next 24 hours. DETROIT -- Utility man Andrew Romine will make $1.3 million in 2017 after settling with the Detroit Tigers and avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports reported Thursday night. Five other Tigers are eligible to file for arbitration today; if last year is any guide, most will reach settlements within the next 24 hours. Arbitration hearings would take place next month, but the Tigers have not reached that stage in more than a...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 12, 2017
Drew Smyly's trade to Seattle adds another chapter to 2014 David Price deal

Drew Smyly's trade to Seattle adds another chapter to 2014 David Price deal

Price did his job for the Tigers in 2014 and then provided a valuable trade chip when the Tigers wisely decided to sell a year later. Two of the three pitchers they acquired -- Norris and Boyd -- could be in the starting rotation in 2017. DETROIT -- In the final days before the trade deadline in 2014, the Detroit Tigers were looking for help in the American League playoff race. The Tampa Bay Rays were willing to deal one of their most valuable trade chips in return for a haul of prospects. The result was a three-team trade in which the Rays sent ace David Price...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 11, 2017
Tigers eyeing CF free agents, but not ready to make move, GM says

Tigers eyeing CF free agents, but not ready to make move, GM says

We have some interest (in free-agent options), but not to the degree that were going to jump right in, Avila said. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have a list of free-agent center fielders that they're evaluating but have no immediate plans to sign anyone right now, general manager Al Avila said Wednesday night in an interview on 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT-FM). "We have some interest (in free-agent options), but not to the degree that we're going to jump right in," Avila said. With only one month until the start of spring training, it's tough to tell whether...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 11, 2017
Joe Jimenez, Mike Gerber among Tigers invited to spring training

Joe Jimenez, Mike Gerber among Tigers invited to spring training

Pitchers and catchers report for their first workout in Lakeland, Fla., on Feb. 14, while the first full squad activity will be Feb. 18. DETROIT -- Closer Joe Jimenez and outfielder Mike Gerber are among the Detroit Tigers prospects who will be invited to spring training next month, the team announced Wednesday. The 22 non-roster invitees (so called because they are not on the team's 40-man roster) include 10 pitchers, three catchers, five infielders and four outfielders. Some of the names have been previously reported. Pitchers (all right-handed): A.J....
Grand Rapids Press Jan 11, 2017
Could Dodgers take another look at Tigers' Ian Kinsler?

Could Dodgers take another look at Tigers' Ian Kinsler?

Their pursuit of second baseman Minnesota Twins Brian Dozier has fizzled out, at least for now, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. DETROIT -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' pursuit of second baseman Minnesota Twins Brian Dozier has fizzled out, at least for now, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. Could the impasse prompt them to take another look at Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler? Although a deal remains a long shot, it might be the only viable trade scenario still remaining for the Tigers with just five weeks to go before spring...
Sacramento Bee Jan 11, 2017

Tigers' Al Avila put aside 'dad' role when signing Alex

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 …
CSN Bay Area Jan 10, 2017

Former Giants 1B/LF Pill signs minor-league deal with Tigers

Former Giants first baseman/left fielder Brett Pill is back stateside after spending the last three seasons in Korea.The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday the
Grand Rapids Press Jan 10, 2017
Tigers GM says he had to step away from role as father to sign son

Tigers GM says he had to step away from role as father to sign son

Youve got to take yourself out of the equation of being the dad and saying, OK, regardless of there being some scrutiny, this is the guy we want, Al Avila said. DETROIT -- When the Detroit Tigers drafted Alex Avila out of the University of Alabama in 2008, his dad wasn't so keen on the idea. This was important because his dad was then the team's assistant general manager and played a big role in the draft-day decisions.  "At that point, the organization took me out of the equation and drafted him anyway," said Al Avila, now the Tigers' general manager. "He...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 10, 2017
Tigers' minor-league signings have international flavor

Tigers' minor-league signings have international flavor

Brett Pill is one of at least nine Tigers signed this winter who spent at least part of 2016 out of organized baseball. Brett PillMLB  DETROIT -- Brett Pill is coming back to the United States after spending the last three seasons in Korea. The first baseman/outfielder signed a minor-league contract with the Detroit Tigers and has been invited to spring training, the team announced Tuesday. The team also formally confirmed several other signings and spring training invitations that had been previously reported. Pill, 32, was a seventh-round pick of the San...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 9, 2017
What this week's arbitration deadline means for the Tigers

What this week's arbitration deadline means for the Tigers

Usually, both the player and the team offer a 2017 salary figure and they meet somewhere in the middle just before or after the deadline. DETROIT -- If recent history is a guide, the Detroit Tigers will sign most of their arbitration-eligible players to new contracts this week. Players with more than three years of Major League service time (and some just under that cut-off) may file for arbitration on Friday. Usually, both the player and the team offer a 2017 salary figure and they meet somewhere in the middle just before or after the deadline. If no agreement...

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