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Grand Rapids Press Nov 21, 2017
Brad Ausmus to be hired for assistant role with Angels, report says

Brad Ausmus to be hired for assistant role with Angels, report says

Ausmus, who lives in southern California, served as special assistant for the San Diego Padres before becoming the Tigers manager. This role is likely to be similar. Former Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will be named special assistant to Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday. Ausmus, who lives in southern California, served as special assistant for the San Diego Padres before becoming the Tigers manager. This role is likely to be similar. Special assistants perform a range of roles, often on a...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 21, 2017

Meet 8 Tigers just promoted to the 40-man roster this week

Tigers added seven players to their 40-man roster and signed an eighth to a Major League contract this week.
Grand Rapids Press Nov 20, 2017
Tigers add 8 young players to 40-man roster

Tigers add 8 young players to 40-man roster

The Tigers now have 39 players on their 40-man roster, leaving room to make a selection in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 14. The Detroit Tigers added eight young players to their 40-man roster on Monday, protecting them being selected in next month's Rule 5 Draft. The Tigers selected the contracts of outfielder Michael Gerber; shortstop Sergio Alcantara; catcher Grayson Greiner; and left-handed pitcher Gregory Soto; and right-handed pitchers Gerson Moreno, Spencer Turnbull and Eduardo Jimenez. They chose to leave unprotected right-handed pitchers Paul Voelker and...
Larry Brown Sports Nov 20, 2017

Mets, Tigers reportedly have talked Ian Kinsler trade

The Detroit Tigers are looking to trade Ian Kinsler this offseason, and apparently they have had some talks already. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers have talked about a Kinsler trade with the New York Mets. Sources: #Mets, #Tigers have had preliminary discussions on an Ian Kinsler trade. @MLBNetwork @MLB — Jon Morosi...Read More
Grand Rapids Press Nov 20, 2017
Tigers' 2018 spring training schedule: Grapefruit League opens vs. Yankees

Tigers' 2018 spring training schedule: Grapefruit League opens vs. Yankees

It will be the first meeting between the two teams since a series of bench-clearing incidents on Aug. 24 in Detroit. The Detroit Tigers will open Grapefruit League play on Feb. 23 against the New York Yankees at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since a series of bench-clearing incidents on Aug. 24 in Detroit.  Is it too much to hope for some fireworks in the first game of spring training? Probably so. In any event, the Tigers and Yankees will see plenty of each other this spring. The Grapefruit League...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 20, 2017
Omar Vizquel will manage White Sox minor-league team in 2018, report says

Omar Vizquel will manage White Sox minor-league team in 2018, report says

Vizquel, 50, played 24 seasons in the big leagues, including two with the White Sox, and joined the Tigers after retirement. Former Detroit Tigers first base coach Omar Vizquel will serve as a manager in the Chicago White Sox minor-league system in 2018, according to Venezuelan journalist Efrain Zavarce. Vizquel, 50, played 24 seasons in the big leagues, including two with the White Sox, and joined the Tigers after retirement. He interviewed to replace Brad Ausmus, but the Tigers ultimately hired Ron Gardenhire. Vizquel was not among the coaches retained to...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 19, 2017
Tigers sign 1st baseman Edwin Espinal to minor-league deal

Tigers sign 1st baseman Edwin Espinal to minor-league deal

Espinal is at least the fourth player the Tigers have signed since the minor-league free agent period began. Espinal (MILB photo)  Former Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Edwin Espinal has signed a minor-league contract with the Detroit Tigers.  Espinal, 23, signed with the Pirates out of the Dominican Republic in 2011. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound right-hander plays first and third base. He elected free agency after posting the best offensive season of his career. He hit .283 with 15 home runs and 25 doubles in 95 games at Double-A Altoona. He's currently playing in...
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...

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