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Bless You Boys 4 hours ago

Alex Avila finished in Detroit, signs with Chicago White Sox

Alex Avila has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago White Sox. Whether you see that as good or bad, it was certainly inevitable. As soon as the Tigers made Al Avila the new general manager in August of 2015, the writing was on the wall: Alex Avila was pretty much done as a Detroit Tiger. His father has never been comfortable with the situation, not from the beginning, not since the team decided to draft Alex Avila in 2008, and the frequent accusations found in various corners of Tigers Internet over the years that "ALEX IS ONLY ON ARE TEEM BECUZ NEPOTISM" certainly gave weight to the...
Bless You Boys 7 hours ago

Top 5 questions you'll be asked about the Tigers over Thanksgiving dinner

You're the resident expert on all things Tigers-related in your extended family, so you're probably going to get asked at least a few of these questions. Here's a cheat sheet with answers designed, above all else, to get you back to eating more pumpkin pie as soon as possible. There are several levels of Tigers fandom, various degrees of obsession. If you're the kind of person to regularly read a site like Bless You Boys in the offseason, chances are you're slightly addicted to the Tigers. If you're part of that sub-section of our reading audience who also listens to our podcast week after...
Bless You Boys 7 hours ago

Detroit Tigers Links: Could the Tigers look to Japan for pitching?

Tony Barnette and Kenta Maeda are two names to watch in free agency The Tigers have always been an active participant in the trade market when looking to strengthen the team. Even with the transition from Dave Dombrowski to Al Avila, it appears the trend will continue as the teamhas already swung two deals. But the Tigers have been reluctant to bid on foreign players. Could the change in leadership alter this approach? If so, the first place the Tigers should look is Japan, land of mystery,video games, anddominant pitching. Multiple options have presented themselves and there is no doubt...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 9 hours ago

Mailbag: Would you trade J.D. Martinez for Matt Harvey?

It would never happen, but it's fun to think about. As Major League Baseball hits its unofficial Thanksgiving break -- save for whatever the Seattle Mariners are potentially doing with Marcell Ozuna -- it's fair to say that the Detroit Tigers have gotten off to a positive start this offseason. They have made a pair of solid trades thus far, acquiring players in Cameron Maybin and Francisco Rodriguez that improve the roster compared to what it was a week before. The fit may not be there yet, but that's okay. It's still early in the offseason, and the Tigers have plenty of time to continue...
Bless You Boys Nov 23, 2015

Will last season's swing changes pay off for Cameron Maybin?

The Tigers traded a pair of relievers for their former first round pick, despite the availability of similar players on the free agent market. Do they see something in him that others don't? The Detroit Tigers' trade for Cameron Maybin was met with a collective shrug by much of the fanbase. While Maybin is a solid option defensively and will steal a few bases, there were equivalent options like Rajai Davis and Austin Jackson, also former Tigers, available on the free agent market. At first glance, there's little to recommend Maybin over the other two. In fact, Jackson and Maybin appear...
Bless You Boys Nov 23, 2015

Tigers prospects help capture Arizona Fall League Championship

Mike Gerber, Dominic Ficociello, and Montreal Robertson all contribute to the Scottsdale Scorpions' run to the AFL title. Exactly two months to the day that Michael Gerber and his West Michigan teammates captured the Midwest League Championship, Gerber again found himself hunting for hardware. He and four other Detroit Tigers prospects took the field with the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League championship game. Starting alongside corner infielder Dominic Ficociello, Gerber and the rest of the Eastern Division Champion Scorpions faced off with the Surprise Saguaros for the...

Marlins expected to trade Marcell Ozuna, asking for young starter in return

The Tigers need starting pitching, but Ozuna would be a major upgrade. Jeffrey Loria might be the most hated man in baseball. The Miami Marlins owner has committed multiple sins over the years, from all-but-killing the Montreal Expos to extorting public funs for his team's new stadium to collecting profit sharing dollars by the millions. It doesn't seem that far-fetched to say that the Marlins will never win another championship as long as he owns the team. This offseason has only added more fuel to the fire. Loria and the Marlins may have toyed with the idea of trading Jose Fernandez,...
Bless You Boys Nov 23, 2015

Detroit Tigers links: Tigers continue revamping the organizational staff

K-Rod is now the Tigers' closer. Several articles take a look at his devastating changeup, the Braves' steady firesale may be the prep work for selling the franchise, and the DFS class action lawsuit takes shape. Well, if we thought Mike Ilitch hiring Al Avila as vice president and general manager meant the Detroit Tigers were going to continue in "business as usual" mode, there certainly are a lot of changes taking place. Chris McCosky of the Detroit News details the new personnel Avila is adding to scouting, player development and analytics. What we don't know, yet, is what kind of impact...

Tigers interested in former Orioles closer Tommy Hunter

Hunter struggled to a 4.18 ERA with the Orioles and Cubs in 2015. Everyone is looking for the next Wade Davis. Originally a failed starter, Davis transitioned to the bullpen, where he ratcheted up the velocity, developed the devil's cutter, and became so dominant that you actually have to google when he last gave up a run. The Kansas City Royals have Davis under club control for two more years, and we hate them for it. Not every failed starter is going to turn into Wade Davis, but many of those failed starters still become solid bullpen arms. Enter Tommy Hunter, a guy who Twitter Fail...
Bless You Boys Nov 22, 2015

Antonio Bastardo would give the Tigers a solid left-handed relief option

The Pirates setup man is one of the best left-handed relief pitchers on the free agent market. There are no current closers on the free agent market this offseason. There are a few former closers, such as Joakim Soria, Fernando Rodney, and Jim Johnson, all former Tigers. And then there are some very good setup men who have not been thrust into the ninth inning role because they are on the same roster as another dominant reliever who fills that role. Antonio Bastardo of the Pittsburgh Pirates fits into the latter category. Bastardo is one of the best free agent relief pitchers available this...
Bless You Boys Nov 21, 2015

Tigers add 3 prospects to 40-man roster, announce several front office hires

Robertson's surprise addition to the roster is largely based on natural talent and an arm that can hit 98 mph. Friday's 8 p.m. deadline to protect prospects from Rule 5 Draft exposure has come and gone. In all, the Detroit Tigers added four players to the 40-man roster, ensuring they can't be snatched up by teams during the upcoming Winter Meetings that start on Dec. 10. Right-handed pitcher Luis Cessa was the first (Nov. 3) and on Friday the team added three more. Right-handers Michael Fulmer and Montreal Robertson, and left-hander Jairo Labourt all made the roster, placing the 40-man...

Tigers have shown interest in reliever Shawn Kelley

Kelley isn't a proven closer, but has the stuff to become a relief ace. The Detroit Tigers have had an interesting offseason thus far, pulling off a couple of unexpected trades to make marginal improvements to their roster. With the outfield close to set -- I wouldn't say no to another signing, though -- the front office will turn its attention to the pitching staff. Both the starting rotation and bullpen need improvements, and it will be interesting to see how exactly the club allocates its limited resources (or if they blow the luxury tax out of the water). One potential bullpen upgrade...

Bless You Boys needs your podcast questions!

Things happened this week! But we still want to answer your questions on The Voice of the Turtle. Last week, we answered a record number of questions on The Voice of the Turtle. Even then, it still may not have been that long of a show had special guest Chris Lemieux of Pride of Detroit not talked so enthusiastically about his beloved Detroit Lions. No worries, though, Tigers fans. Things have happened! The Tigers made a pair of trades, acquiring reliever Francisco Rodriguez and outfielder Cameron Maybin. They aren't the splashiest moves, but they make the Tigers better and don't limit...

Tigers give little, get a little more in Cameron Maybin trade

The Tigers' outfield picture isn't much clearer with Cameron Maybin in the fold, but it was a solid move with little downside. Before the Kansas City Royals traded Wil Myers, became a juggernaut, and won the World Series, their unofficial organizational motto may have been "trust the process." General manager Dayton Moore was often mocked for using the p-word in the media, especially with how their robust farm system had failed to turn potential into wins. Nobody is laughing anymore, except maybe Moore. The Detroit Tigers' trade for outfielder Cameron Maybin is a "trust the process" move,...
Bless You Boys Nov 20, 2015

Tigers trade for Cameron Maybin, ship Ian Krol to Braves

Cameron Maybin returns the organization that drafted him Surprise! The Detroit Tigers are bringing back outfielder Cameron Maybin seven years after shipping their 2005 first-round draft pick off to warmer climates. The Tigers and Braves announced Friday afternoon that Detroit would acquire Maybin in exchange for left-handed pitchers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier. The Braves are throwing in some amount of cash to cover the $8 million Maybin is owed in 2016. (He is under contract for $9 million in 2017 with a $1 million buyout.) Maybin made his major league debut in Detroit in 2007, but was then...
Bless You Boys Nov 20, 2015

The Detroit Tigers don't need to sign a 5th starter this offseason

The Tigers roster in 2016 is a little more solid with the addition of Francisco Rodriguez. The main question remaining is where the Tigers want to allocate their risk. The first piece of the offseason puzzle has fallen into place with the Detroit Tigers' acquisition of Francisco Rodriguez. With one of the best closers in the game holding down the ninth inning, the Tigers now face the crux of their decision-making in constructing the 2016 roster. Without some miraculous work, it's going to be impossible to address every one of their needs. It's very difficult to imagine a scenario where,...
Bless You Boys Nov 20, 2015

David Ortiz, Tiger Killer, is retiring; can you name the other Tiger Killers?

David Ortiz has always been a legitimate Tiger Killer, so it's probably good that he's retiring. Here are 45 other hitters and pitchers who have been a thorn in the Tigers' side in the past. David Ortiz is retiring, and that's just fine with me. There was that little matter of The Incident Which Shall Not Be Mentioned back in the 2013 ALCS, but it goes beyond that. David Ortiz has been a bona fide Tiger Killer throughout his career, and I know it's nothing personal because, let's face it, David Ortiz has been a Killer of All Pitchers throughout his career, but you know what? It is personal....

SB Nation MLB awards: What was the Tigers' celebration of the year?

There wasn't much to celebrate in 2015 but the Tigers still had their moments. It's that time of year again! No, not the time where you make your Black Friday shopping plans. Each year, SB Nation's MLB crew forces asks us to participate in their league-wide votes for various awards from the baseball season prior. You may (not) remember last year's awards, which had nothing to do with anything. This year, we're voting on the same things that the BBWAA does, with a couple other fun ideas along the way. When you think back on the epic bat flips and celebrations that took place around Major...

SB Nation MLB Awards: What was the Tigers' defensive play of the year?

The Tigers actually played defense in 2015! It was fun! It's that time of year again! No, not the time where you make your Black Friday shopping plans. Each year, SB Nation's MLB crew forces asks us to participate in their league-wide votes for various awards from the baseball season prior. You may (not) remember last year's awards, which had nothing to do with anything. This year, we're voting on the same things that the BBWAA does, with a couple other fun ideas along the way. Two years ago, this post would have been some sort of sick joke. For years, Detroit Tigers paid as much attention...
Bless You Boys Nov 19, 2015

Yoenis Cespedes was a lot of fun to watch in 2015

Cespedes is going to be really expensive in free agency. Is he worth it? Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had one of the best years of any major leaguer in 2015. He was awesome for the Tigers, yielded the team two top level prospects for being so awesome, then propelled the New York Mets to the playoffs and made it all the way to the World Series. Yes, he cooled off at the wrong time, but that shouldn't take away from all that he accomplished. Cespedes hits free agency at exactly the right time for his wallet. With his rare combination of skills and a relatively shallow free agent market, he...

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