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Grand Rapids Press Feb 5, 2016
Twitter Talk: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers lineup, Shane Greene and Dinosaur Pile-Up

Twitter Talk: Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers lineup, Shane Greene and Dinosaur Pile-Up

The Tigers definitely need a bounce-back season from Martinez if they are going to bounce back from a last-place finish to win the Central Division. It's the offseason. I'm out of practice. I don't remember what I'm supposed to write up here to fill the space before I start posting questions. So let's just skip to the questions. @Chris_Iott I think many don't realize how important VMart is to this offense. What stats can we reasonably expect him to rebound to in 16? -- wes bolyard (@buckeyewes) February 4, 2016 I disagree wholeheartedly with your first...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 3, 2016
Former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland 'dabs' at Michigan football event

Former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland 'dabs' at Michigan football event

Detroit Tigers fans might remember when Leyland moonwalked. He has updated his dance moves a bit since then. Detroit Tigers fans might remember a champagne-soaked Jim Leyland moonwalking his way out of the clubhouse in 2013 after the Tigers won their third consecutive division title. Leyland has updated his dance moves a bit since then. Leyland did some dabbing Wednesday while taking part in the Signing of the Stars, the University of Michigan's highly publicized event in which the university introduced this year's class of football recruits. Here is video...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 3, 2016
Chat: How do Detroit Tigers stack up against division foes heading into spring training?

Chat: How do Detroit Tigers stack up against division foes heading into spring training?

Fangraphs.com projects the AL Central Division to be the tightest from top to bottom of any of the six divisions. The American League Central Division does not appear to be the best in baseball. But it certainly could be the most competitive. With about two weeks remaining until spring training, how do the Tigers stack up with their Central Division foes? We will be here from noon to 1 p.m. today in an attempt to answer that question and any others you might have regarding the Tigers and the upcoming season. General manager Al Avila has drawn praise from...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 2, 2016
Detroit Tigers sign Leonardo Laffita, Willy Paredes to minor-league deals

Detroit Tigers sign Leonardo Laffita, Willy Paredes to minor-league deals

The signings, first reported by Baseball America, took place last week and are not believed to have included invitations to spring training. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have signed Cuban infielder Leonard Lafitta and right-handed pitcher Willy Peredes to minor-league contracts, a team official confirmed to MLive.com. The signings, first reported by Baseball America, took place last week and are not believed to have included invitations to spring training. Lafitta, 24, played 23 games for Vaqueros Lunga of the Mexican League in 2015, hitting .280 with zero home...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 2, 2016
Report: Tigers' Miguel Cabrera pulled from home run derby in Dominican Republic

Report: Tigers' Miguel Cabrera pulled from home run derby in Dominican Republic

Detroits starting first baseman was tapped to participate in the inaugural event Wednesday in the Dominican Republic alongside three other Major League Baseball players. Spring training is right around the corner, but Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera hoped to get in a few extra swings beforehand. That was until the Major League Baseball Players Association stepped in Monday and nixed Cabrera, David Ortiz and Robinson Cano from participating in a planned home run derby this week in the Dominican Republic, ESPN reports. The home run derby was scheduled...
Grand Rapids Press Feb 2, 2016
Analysis: Barring long-term deal, Tigers' J.D. Martinez should be happy to go to arbitration

Analysis: Barring long-term deal, Tigers' J.D. Martinez should be happy to go to arbitration

It is February. That means spring training and the return of baseball. It also means arbitration hearings. DETROIT -- It is February. That means spring training and the return of baseball. It also means arbitration hearings. The Detroit Tigers and outfielder J.D. Martinez exchanged salary numbers last month as they prepared for a potential arbitration hearing. All hearings are scheduled between Feb. 1 and Feb. 21 and it's not clear exactly when Martinez will have his. The two sides could still come to an agreement on a one-year deal or a multi-year deal before...
CSN Washington Feb 1, 2016

2016 MLB roster outlook: Detroit Tigers

The Tigers were aggressive this offseason in hopes of getting back to contention, but it won't be easy competing with the Royals in the AL Central.
Grand Rapids Press Feb 1, 2016
Tigers' Ian Kinsler-Jose Iglesias the best double-play combo in MLB?

Tigers' Ian Kinsler-Jose Iglesias the best double-play combo in MLB?

ESPN.coms David Schoenfield analyzed the numbers and thinks so. You watched Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler turn double play after double play last season. In fact, the Detroit Tigers' shortstop-second baseman duo did it a total of 76 times. And now, with some help from advanced statistical data, ESPN.com's David Schoenfield is ready to call them the top double-play combination in Major League Baseball. In Schoenfield's piece published Monday for the website, he used data tracked by Baseball Info Solutions on the number of pivots completed and pivot opportunities...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 30, 2016
Tigers' Al Avila talks to MLB Network about keeping young pitchers, offseason moves

Tigers' Al Avila talks to MLB Network about keeping young pitchers, offseason moves

Teams wanted Daniel Norris and Michael Fulmer, but the Detroit Tigers didnt want to trade them. A lot has been made this offseason of who the Detroit Tigers have added - outfielder Justin Upton, starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and closer Francisco Rodriguez, to name a few. But general manager Al Avila offered a reminder this week that the Tigers made those additions and still managed to hang onto many of the franchise's top prospects, especially when it comes to pitching. In an interview with MLB Network, Avila talked about how other teams exploring deals...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 29, 2016
Detroit Tigers notes: Offseason improvements, a dash of Kirk Gibson, a splash of orange

Detroit Tigers notes: Offseason improvements, a dash of Kirk Gibson, a splash of orange

One of the Tigers new spring training hats would fit right in on a hunting trip. Just how much did the Detroit Tigers help themselves this offseason? A bunch, says MLB.com columnist Phil Rogers. He wrote this week that the Tigers head his list of most improved teams this offseason, followed by the Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners. Rogers touted several of general manager Al Avila's moves in his explanation: "Justin Upton and Jordan Zimmermann were nine-figure bookends to an offseason in which Avila added to the Tigers'...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 28, 2016
Michael Fulmer on being Tigers' top prospect and his eventful January

Michael Fulmer on being Tigers' top prospect and his eventful January

Fulmer, 22, is considered Detroits No. 1 prospect after being acquired last July in a trade that sent Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets. LANSING -- There's a lot on the plate of Michael Fulmer these days. The right-handed pitcher is considered one of the Detroit Tigers' top prospects and could be on his way to the main roster sooner rather than later. But before he gets there, he had a little business to attend to earlier this month. "I just got married a few weeks ago," Fulmer said during a Tigers caravan stop last week. "January's been the busy part. But...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 27, 2016
Detroit Tigers trade Jefry Marte to Los Angeles Angels for infielder Kody Eaves

Detroit Tigers trade Jefry Marte to Los Angeles Angels for infielder Kody Eaves

The Tigers designed Marte for assignment on Jan. 20. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have traded one minor-league infielder for another. A week after he was designated for assignment, Jefry Marte has been dealt to the Los Angeles Angels for infielder Kody Eaves, the club announced Wednesday. Eaves, 22, spent 2015 at Single-A Inland Empire of the California League. He hit .248 with 11 home runs, 71 RBIs, 11 triples , 71 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 134 games. A 16th round pick of the Angels in 2012 out of Pasadena (Texas) Memorial High School, Eaves has a...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 27, 2016
Payroll projection: Detroit Tigers pushing $200 million as luxury tax looms

Payroll projection: Detroit Tigers pushing $200 million as luxury tax looms

The signing of Justin Upton will push the Tigers well past the luxury tax threshold. The Detroit Tigers seemed to be tiptoeing right around the luxury tax threshold after making several moves this offseason. But they are definitely well past it now that they have signed outfielder Justin Upton to a lucrative six-year contract. The Tigers will have an opening day payroll pushing $200 million and a number higher than that when it comes to luxury tax calculations. Here is a look at the team's projected opening day payroll for 2016 along with how its luxury tax...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 26, 2016
'I'm ready,' says Detroit Tigers' Wynton Bernard, aiming to prove doubters wrong again

'I'm ready,' says Detroit Tigers' Wynton Bernard, aiming to prove doubters wrong again

Overachiever part of a crowded competition in the outfield with the Tigers, and hes fine with that. GRAND RAPIDS - The Detroit Tigers' crowded outfield doesn't appear to have room for Wynton Bernard coming out of spring training, but that might be the best thing going for him. He has proven doubters wrong before: • He was released by the San Diego Padres after two mediocre seasons as a 35th round pick, and signed with the Tigers following an open tryout in spring training in 2014. • He wasn't in the initial starting lineup for the Class A West Michigan...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 25, 2016

Detroit Tigers prospect rankings, from Michael Fulmer to JaCoby Jones

Who are the most promising prospects in the Detroit Tigers system? MLive takes a shot at ranking the top 10.

Tigers Player News

  • Justin Upton

    Justin Upton

    Detroit Tigers transaction blog: Tigers trade Jefry Marte for IF Kody Eaves

  • Michael Fulmer

    Michael Fulmer

    Tigers' Al Avila talks to MLB Network about keeping young pitchers, offseason moves

  • Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera

    Report: Tigers' Miguel Cabrera pulled from home run derby in Dominican Republic

  • J.D. Martinez

    J.D. Martinez

    Analysis: Barring long-term deal, Tigers' J.D. Martinez should be happy to go to arbitration

  • Justin Wilson

    Justin Wilson

    On the 40-man: Luis Cessa

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