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2015 outlook: Detroit Tigers

2014 record: 90-72, 1st place in AL Central Manager: Brad Ausmus, 2nd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $172 million Key additions: OF Yoenis Cespedes, OF Anthony Gose, RHP Alfredo Simon, RHP Shane Greene, LHP Tom Gorzelanny Key losses: RHP Max Scherzer, OF Torii Hunter, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Phil Coke Projected lineup 2B Ian…

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CSN Washington 10 hours ago

2015 outlook: Detroit Tigers

The Tigers need Justin Verlander to return to form and a battered bullpen to bounce back if they want to finally bring a trophy to Detroit.
Grand Rapids Press 17 hours ago

Detroit Tigers roster battles: An early look as spring training nears

With the winter caravan and TigerFest in the rearview mirror -- and less than a month until the first day of full-squad workouts -- its time to take a look at who will compete for the final roster spots for the Detroit Tigers opening day roster.
Grand Rapids Press Jan 26, 2015
Alan Trammell doubts Hall of Fame will happen - unless it's with Lou Whitaker

Alan Trammell doubts Hall of Fame will happen - unless it's with Lou Whitaker

Detroit Tigers great, now working as a special assistant, hopeful Expansion Era Veterans Committee will consider him and Lou Whitaker as a tandem. GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Alan Trammell has little expectation of election into baseball’s Hall of Fame given his fading votes in recent years. “My spiel is I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, but to the voters, obviously, they feel I’m a little short of that (election) and I’m OK with that,” said the veteran of 19 seasons with the Detroit Tigers. But he has different view of his chances when it comes to...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 25, 2015

Video: Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila will don new mask, welcomes rookie James McCann

Tigers catcher Alex Avila talks about the decision behind switching to a hockey-style catcher's mask, and discusses the possible addition of catcher James McCann this season.
Grand Rapids Press Jan 25, 2015
Detroit Tigers touted prospect Steven Moya considered a longshot to make opening day roster

Detroit Tigers touted prospect Steven Moya considered a longshot to make opening day roster

Tigers general manager Al Avila spoke glowingly about outfield prospect Steven Moya on Saturday, but said he didnt envision the 23-year-old opening the season in Detroit. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers really, really like outfield prospect Steven Moya. So much so, in fact, they will probably keep him off their opening day roster. Moya will get a chance this spring to crack the Tigers' 25-man roster out of camp, but given the team's current makeup in the outfield, and Moya's inexperience, it appears the 23-year-old is destined to open the season in Triple-A...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 24, 2015
Tigers avoid arbitration with Al Alburquerque; Detroit keeps streak of avoiding arbitration intact

Tigers avoid arbitration with Al Alburquerque; Detroit keeps streak of avoiding arbitration intact

For the 14th consecutive year, the Tigers will avoid having to face an arbitration ruling after the club and reliever Al Alburquerque agreed to a one-year contract late Saturday. DETROIT -- Dave Dombrowski's record will remain perfect for another season. For the 14th consecutive year, the Tigers will avoid having to face an arbitration ruling after the club and reliever Al Alburquerque reportedly reached an agreement on a one-year contract late Saturday. The deal was first reported by CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, who reported the two sides settled at $1.725 million,...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 24, 2015
Photos from the annual TigerFest event at Comerica Park

Photos from the annual TigerFest event at Comerica Park

Photos from the annual Detroit Tigers TigerFest event at Comerica Park on Saturday, January 24, 2014. DETROIT - Thousands of Detroit Tigers fans fought the cold weather for a chance to meet players and coaches at Comerica Park on Saturday. Event goers were invited to take part in activities like autographs, photo opportunities, visit the press box, tour the clubhouse and the dugout. Younger fans were invited to visit the Kids Club, with special autograph sessions, book reading and magic shows from players. They also could get their faces painted and take part in...
REPORT: Tigers come to terms with Alburquerque, avoiding arbitration

REPORT: Tigers come to terms with Alburquerque, avoiding arbitration

Just like that, the Detroit Tigers are apparently through another offseason without an arbitration case going to a hearing. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Tigers and Al Alburquerque settled on a deal for $1.725 million, with an incentive clause of an additional $12,500 for reaching the 75-appearance plateau. For reference, last year was the closest he’s come to that mark, appearing in 72 games. The two sides met just slightly north of the midpoint between the numbers they’d exchanged. Heyman reported a week ago that Alburquerque’s camp filed for $2.05 million, and the Tigers...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 24, 2015
Detroit Tigers may use Alex Avila at first base if Miguel Cabrera isn't ready before opening day

Detroit Tigers may use Alex Avila at first base if Miguel Cabrera isn't ready before opening day

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Saturday that he has spoke with catcher Alex Avila about the possibility of playing some first base this season. DETROIT -- There's no guarantee Miguel Cabrera will be ready by opening day. And there's no guarantee Alex Avila will be asked to play a game at first base. That hasn't stopped the Tigers from discussing both possibilities. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Saturday that he has spoke with Avila about the possibility of playing some first base this season in the event Cabrera hasn't fully recovered from offseason...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 24, 2015
Dave Dombrowski rules out Detroit Tigers as 'mystery team' in Max Scherzer sweepstakes

Dave Dombrowski rules out Detroit Tigers as 'mystery team' in Max Scherzer sweepstakes

Dave Dombrowski confirmed Saturday that the Tigers were not the mystery team believed to be working towards a seven-year deal with Scherzer last week. DETROIT -- Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski isn't certain if there actually was another "mystery team" involved late in the Max Scherzer sweepstakes. But if a second team really was involved, it certainly wasn't the Detroit Tigers. Dombrowski confirmed Saturday that the Tigers were not the "mystery team" believed to be working towards a seven-year deal with Scherzer last week. For what it's worth, Dombrowski...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 24, 2015
Alex Avila hasn't contemplated early retirement; could be part of catching platoon for Detroit Tigers

Alex Avila hasn't contemplated early retirement; could be part of catching platoon for Detroit Tigers

After an injury-plagued season in which he was believed to have suffered at least three concussions, Alex Avila confirmed he has been cleared by doctors for all physical activity. DETROIT -- Alex Avila never considered calling it quits. Not for one second. After an injury-plagued season in which he was believed to have suffered at least three concussions, Avila confirmed Thursday that he has been cleared by doctors for all physical activity and will enter spring training without any restrictions.  "I'm feeling great," Avila told reporters. "After the season,...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 23, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Winter Caravan brings baseball fever to over 30 locations across Michigan

Detroit Tigers' Winter Caravan brings baseball fever to over 30 locations across Michigan

The Detroit Tigers will make 30 stops throughout Michigan, spreading baseball fever to fans of all ages before the team heads south for spring training next month. Watch video DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan continued Friday with its second day of tours around metro Detroit and much of Michigan. The Tigers toured the Northville Fire Department as the department celebrated its 125th year of service. Catcher Alex Avila and pitcher Joe Nathan competed in a "suit-up" race to see who could put a firefighter's suit the fastest. See the...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 23, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus confident Jose Iglesias will be ready to reclaim role as everyday shortstop

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus confident Jose Iglesias will be ready to reclaim role as everyday shortstop

After missing all of last season with a stress fracture in both legs, Jose Iglesias insisted Thursday on several occasions that hell be 100 percent for the start of camp. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers seem certain Jose Iglesias will be completely healthy for the start of spring training next month. What remains uncertain, however, is whether the 25-year-old shortstop can stay healthy for an entire season. After missing all of last season with a stress fracture in both legs, Iglesias has finally been cleared by doctors for all physical activity and insisted...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 23, 2015

Watch Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila and Joe Nathan race to put on a firefighter's suit

Detroit Tigers' Alex Avila and Joe Nathan race in a "Suit Up" competition at Northville Fire Department during the 2015 Tigers Winter Caravan tour. The Tigers will be touring through 30 different stops throughout the region, incuding the Detroit Auto Show this afternoon. (Tanya Moutzalias | MLive Detroit)

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