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Judge reinstates rape charges against ex-Detoit Tigers relief pitcher Evan Reed

Judge reinstates rape charges against ex-Detoit Tigers relief pitcher Evan Reed

Former Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Evan Reed wasnt in court Friday when a Wayne County Circuit judge reinstated rape charges against him. Watch video  DETROIT, MI -- Former Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Evan Reed wasn't in court Friday when a Wayne County Circuit judge reinstated rape charges against him. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's office charged Reed with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in July, but Wayne County District Judge Kenneth King dismissed the case in August during the preliminary hearing, citing the...
Tigers protect Angel Nesbitt, Dixon Machado from Rule 5 draft, but not Joel Hanrahan

Tigers protect Angel Nesbitt, Dixon Machado from Rule 5 draft, but not Joel Hanrahan

The Detroit Tigers got a head start on protecting young players from the Rule 5 draft, adding a bunch of them to the 40-man roster during the season. That, of course, was because they had to use them. Thursday was the deadline to ensure a player’s protection on the 40-man roster before the Rule 5 draft takes place at the Winter Meetings in three weeks, and the Tigers purchased the contracts of a pair of youngsters — reliever Angel Nesbitt and infielder Dixon Machado — to finalize that process. With the 40-man roster full, the Tigers can’t take part in the draft itself, without...
Tigers claim RP Josh Zeid off waivers from Astros, DFA Ezequiel Carrera

Tigers claim RP Josh Zeid off waivers from Astros, DFA Ezequiel Carrera

The Tigers claimed reliever Josh Zeid off waivers from the Houston Astros, potentially reuniting him with his former World Baseball Classic manager from Team Israel, current Detroit skipper Brad Ausmus. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Tigers designated outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Zeid is a relatively hard throwing right-hander, who hits the mid-90s with his fastball (94.77 mph, according to PITCHf/x), complementing that pitch with a plus slider. The 27-year-old pitcher was sidelined partway through his second season in the big leagues with...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 20, 2014
Detroit Tigers claim RHP Josh Zeid off waivers, designate Ezequiel Carrera for assignment

Detroit Tigers claim RHP Josh Zeid off waivers, designate Ezequiel Carrera for assignment

According to fangraphs.com, Zeid has thrown about 60 percent fastballs while in the majors with an average velocity of 94.3 mph. He also throws a good dose of sliders with a changeup mixed in. The Detroit Tigers claimed right-handed pitcher Josh Zeid off waivers from the Houston Astros on Thursday and designated outfielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Zeid had a 5.21 ERA and a 1.552 WHIP in 68 games for the Astros in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He had a 6.97 ERA and a 1.790 WHIP in 23 relief appearances in 2014. Zeid went...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 20, 2014
Report: Detroit Tigers had trade talks with Houston Astros regarding catcher position

Report: Detroit Tigers had trade talks with Houston Astros regarding catcher position

The Detroit Tigers just picked up their team option on the contract of catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. But that doesnt mean they are 100 percent committed to him. The Detroit Tigers just picked up their team option on the contract of catcher Alex Avila for the 2015 season. But that doesn't mean they are 100 percent committed to him. Jon Morosi of Foxsports.com reported Thursday afternoon that the Tigers have had trade talks with the Houston Astros regarding at least one of their catchers: Tigers have had preliminary trade contact with the Astros on...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 20, 2014
Detroit Tigers leave Joel Hanrahan exposed to Rule 5 draft, are not likely to lose him there

Detroit Tigers leave Joel Hanrahan exposed to Rule 5 draft, are not likely to lose him there

When the Tigers signed Hanrahan to a minor-league deal, it came with basically zero risk to the team. But any team that selected him in the Rule 5 draft would not have that same benefit. The Detroit Tigers have left relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan exposed to the Rule 5 draft, but they are unlikely to lose him there.  That's because any team that selected him would be taking on considerable risk. The Tigers added two players to their 40-man roster Thursday morning to protect them from the Rule 5 draft, which will be held Dec. 11 on the final day of the winter...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 20, 2014
Detroit Tigers add Dixon Machado, Angel Nesbitt to 40-man roster, protect them from Rule 5 draft

Detroit Tigers add Dixon Machado, Angel Nesbitt to 40-man roster, protect them from Rule 5 draft

Machado, who plays extremely well defensively and has a strong arm, hadnt hit much at all during his time in the minors prior to breaking out after he joined Erie in 2014. The Detroit Tigers added two players to their 40-man roster prior to the deadline Thursday to protect them from next month's Rule 5 draft. The Tigers announced this morning that they have purchased the contracts of infielder Dixon Machado and pitcher Angel Nesbitt from Double-A Erie. The Tigers now have 40 players on their 40-man roster. Machado, 22, hit .286 with 75 runs, 31 doubles, six home...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 19, 2014
Prosecutor appeals dismissal of sex assault charges against former Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Evan Reed

Prosecutor appeals dismissal of sex assault charges against former Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Evan Reed

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has not given up on prosecuting Evan Reed, who played games with the Detroit Tigers and its minor league squad as a relief pitcher last season, on criminal sexual conduct charges stemming from a March 30 incident. Watch video  DETROIT, MI -- Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has not given up on prosecuting Evan Reed, who played games with the Detroit Tigers and its minor league squad as a relief pitcher last season, on criminal sexual conduct charges stemming from a March 30 incident. His case is scheduled...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 19, 2014
Miguel Cabrera posts surgery photos on Twitter, continues to rest during healing process

Miguel Cabrera posts surgery photos on Twitter, continues to rest during healing process

Translated to English, the Tweet reads: Thanks to God getting better, thanks God for giving me the strength to play with a fractured foot. Miguel Cabrera is resting while he recuperates from having surgery on his right foot. On Tuesday, he posted a few photos from his recent surgery on Twitter: Gracias a Dios mejor,thanks God getting mejor[?] gracias Dios por darme la fuerza para jugar fracturado del pie pic.twitter.com/TQkWQ5wtqq -- Miguel Cabrera (@MiguelCabrera) November 18, 2014 Translated to English, the Tweet reads: "Thanks to God getting better, thanks...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 18, 2014
Detroit Tigers did not pursue Russell Martin prior to picking up team option on catcher Alex Avila

Detroit Tigers did not pursue Russell Martin prior to picking up team option on catcher Alex Avila

Some have speculated that the Tigers were likely interested in Martin and picked up the team option on Avila on Monday once they knew that Martin was headed elsewhere. The fact that the Detroit Tigers picked up their team option on catcher Alex Avila on the same day that free-agent catcher Russell Martin signed a lucrative deal with the Toronto Blue Jays appears to be nothing more than a coincidence. Some have speculated that the Tigers were likely interested in Martin and picked up the team option on Avila on Monday once they knew that Martin was headed...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 18, 2014
Detroit Tigers prospect Daniel Fields tries to make up for lost time in Arizona Fall League

Detroit Tigers prospect Daniel Fields tries to make up for lost time in Arizona Fall League

After putting together his first solid offensive season in 2013 for Double-A Erie, Fields broke his wrist in May when he was hit by a pitch and struggled throughout the remainder of the 2014 season for Triple-A Toledo. During the Arizona Fall League, Detroit Tigers prospect Daniel Fields did his best to make up for lost time. After putting together his first solid offensive season in 2013 for Double-A Erie, Fields broke his right hand in May when he was hit by a pitch and struggled throughout the remainder of the 2014 season for Triple-A Toledo.  "It was a big...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 17, 2014
Detroit Tigers exercise team option for Alex Avila; catcher will make $5.4 million in 2015

Detroit Tigers exercise team option for Alex Avila; catcher will make $5.4 million in 2015

There have been reports that Avilas name has come up in trade discussions in the past week or so. This news doesnt necessarily change the possibility that Avila could be traded. The Detroit Tigers had until Thursday to decide whether to exercise their team option on catcher Alex Avila. They formalized their decision with a few days to spare. The Tigers announced Monday morning that they have exercised their team option on Avila that will pay him $5.4 million for the 2015 season. If the Tigers had not exercised the option, Avila still would not have been free to...
Tigers pick up $5.4 million option on Avila's contract for 2015

Tigers pick up $5.4 million option on Avila's contract for 2015

They waited as long as they could. They may have even entertained a trade offer or two.But finally, the Detroit Tigers announced Monday they were picking up the $5.4 million option on catcher Alex Avila's contract for the 2015 season."Well, like we said before, we don’t have to do it yet. We usually wait on all those things until we have to do them," general manager Dave Dombrowski said at last week's news conference to announce the re-signing of Victor Martinez.The team had until Nov. 20 to decide on Avila's option, or decline it for $200,000, and send him back to salary arbitration.There...
Grand Rapids Press Nov 17, 2014
Despite bullpen struggles in 2014, Detroit Tigers seem unlikely to add high-priced relief help

Despite bullpen struggles in 2014, Detroit Tigers seem unlikely to add high-priced relief help

Dave Dombrowski appeared to indicate Friday that the Tigers are not likely to make any major moves this offseason to improve the bullpen. DETROIT -- How will the back end of the Detroit Tigers bullpen look when the 2015 season opens? It's likely that it will look exactly like it does right now. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski was asked Friday afternoon whether the combination of Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria and Bruce Rondon was enough for the back end of the bullpen in 2015. He said he felt that it was. Of course, it is still mid-November. A lot can change...

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