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Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 12 hours ago

Tigers report card: Justin Miller didn't make an impact

The Tigers had high hopes for Justin Miller in 2014, but he did not live up to the hype. How much can one outing change a pitcher's entire season? Starting pitchers are relatively insulated by the number of innings they throw, though there are rare cases where a bad outing can significantly impact their total season numbers. Remember Rick Porcello's awful start against the Los Angeles Angels in 2013? That inflated his ERA by nearly half a run. Relief pitchers' numbers are in even more peril when an outing goes awry. Justin Miller had decent numbers in a short spell in the major leagues...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 14 hours ago

Jon Lester would be a substantial, expensive upgrade to the Tigers' rotation

The Tigers will probably lose Max Scherzer this offseason, so why not go for the next best thing? The Tigers traded for one of the best left-handed pitchers in the American League already in 2014, acquiring David Price at the non-waiver trade deadline. Hours before that deal was finalized, the Oakland Athletics struck a deal for another excellent lefty, Jon Lester. With Max Scherzer likely to depart this offseason, could the Tigers bring in Lester to maintain their ace-heavy...
Bless You Boys 16 hours ago

Will Tigers' payroll be limited by luxury tax in 2015?

The Detroit Tigers' payroll is expected to increase again in 2015. Will major league baseball's luxury tax limit their roster spending? It’s official name is the "competitive balance tax", but it is more commonly referred to as the "luxury tax".  That is the level, above which a major league baseball club must pay a 17.5% penalty on the amount above the threshold, if they were not above the limit in the previous season. That is the tax rate that the Detroit Tigers would have to pay on the overage, if their actual club payroll were to exceed the luxury tax threshold for the 2015 season....
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 23 hours ago

Detroit Tigers 2014-15 free agent and trade targets: who could be in Detroit next season?

A breakdown of the free agents and trade targets that the Tigers pursue during the offseason. Russell Martin had a career year in 2014, and it came at just the perfect time as the free agent figures to see a major payday. Alex Avila was a solid contributor for the Tigers in 2014, compiling 2.1 WAR in 124 games, but, his injury history may lead the Tigers to look at other options behind the plate in 2015 and...
Bless You Boys Oct 21, 2014

Chase Headley could provide stable defense at third base for the first time in years

Nick Castellanos was not adequate defensively at third base for the Tigers in 2014. He might improve, but he might not. If the Tigers want an upgrade with the glove, Chase Headley is as good as it gets. After years of speculation, the Padres finally traded their star third baseman, Chase Headley. After a rough first half by Headley, the New York Yankees picked him up for cheap before the deadline. Now, Headley is a free agent and is not eligible for draft pick...

Mailbag: Is Victor Martinez the Tigers' best option at designated hitter?

What is the Tigers' best strategy for filling the DH spot? How can we tell if Brad Ausmus is doing a good job? These questions and more in this week's mailbag. Last week's inaugural mailbag was a resounding success, and we have some great questions on tap for this week. Remember, you can contact us on Facebook, via Twitter, or by emailing bybtigers@gmail.com! I’m becoming less and less of a fan of having a designated Designated Hitter. Unless V-Mart is available for less money than we are all expecting, I’d rather use that DH spot as a way to keep good hitting position players...

Tigers report card: Don Kelly was the people's champion

He didn't do much else, but he wasn't really asked to. Like Brandon Inge before him, Don Kelly gets a disproportionate amount of love and hate from both ends of the Tigers' fanbase. Even Miguel Cabrera doesn't have a t-shirt company named after him. Or a well-rehearsed internet meme. Also: pic.twitter.com/bTjwh3G9jT — Bless You Boys (@blessyouboys) October 5, 2014 Don Kelly was a one-of-a-kind player for this Tigers team despite having perhaps the most mundane season of anyone on the roster. PA HR RBI BA OBP SLG wOBA wRC+ fWAR 185 0 7 .245 .332 .288 .285 78 -0.3 A career...

James Shields is too expensive for the Royals, but can the Tigers afford him?

James Shields is starting Game 1 of the World Series tonight. Would he be able to repeat that feat in Detroit next year? With "Big Game James" Shields ready to start the biggest game of his life this evening, it only seems right to examine where Shields will be after the 2014 season comes to a close. Max Scherzer's departure looks like a foregone conclusion, but if the Tigers were to look for a free agent starter to fill the void, Shields could be the most reasonably priced big name on the...
Bless You Boys Oct 21, 2014
Tigers payroll set to increase again in 2015

Tigers payroll set to increase again in 2015

The Detroit Tigers are expected to see their payroll increase once again for the 2015 season, even if they lose some veteran players to free agency. The Detroit Tigers had the fifth highest payroll in Major League Baseball in 2014, at $163.6 million on Opening Day. All signs point to that number increasing, even if the club makes relatively few new player acquisitions during the off season. Following is the contract status of the players on the 2014 roster. Free Agents Player 2014 Salary Status Max Scherzer $15.5 million Free Agent Victor Martinez $12 million Free Agent Torii...
Bless You Boys Oct 20, 2014
Russell Martin could provide an offensive upgrade at catcher for the Tigers

Russell Martin could provide an offensive upgrade at catcher for the Tigers

With Alex Avila struggling at the plate and with concussions in 2014, might the Tigers make a big offseason splash behind the plate? Russell Martin had a career year in 2014, and it came at just the perfect time as the free agent figures to see a major payday. Alex Avila was a solid contributor for the Tigers in 2014, compiling 2.1 WAR in 124 games, but, his injury history may lead the Tigers to look at other options behind the plate in 2015 and beyond. Who is he? Russell Martin is a 31-year-old right-handed catcher who is reaching free agency after playing some outstanding baseball for the...
Bless You Boys Oct 20, 2014
Tigers report card: Justin Verlander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year

Tigers report card: Justin Verlander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year

Okay, it wasn't that bad. However, like the children's book, Justin Verlander had many moments where he could relate to young Alexander on his epic bad day also now playing in theaters with Steve Carrell. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.-John F. Kennedy Justin Verlander is already assured of a spot on the short list of Detroit Tigers pitching greats once he completes his run in Detroit. He has thrilled Tigers fans in numerous ways in his time. Two no-hitters with several near misses as well, playoff series clinching...
Bless You Boys Oct 20, 2014
Should the Tigers bring back Torii Hunter for 2015?

Should the Tigers bring back Torii Hunter for 2015?

Tigers could bring back Torii Hunter for 2015 instead of, but not in addition to Victor Martinez. Torii Hunter has been a productive hitter for the Detroit Tigers over the past two seasons, and has become a popular player and a leader in the clubhouse. When the World Series is over later this month, Hunter will be a free agent, and his future is uncertain. He could decide to retire, but has said that, if the Tigers were interested in having him back, he would like to work something out. Hunter has just completed a two year contract that paid him $ 26 million. He has continued to be...
Bless You Boys Oct 19, 2014

Tigers Report Card: Al Alburquerque was different, but solid

While Al Alburquerque did not have a typical blisteringly high strikeout rate, he still proved, for the most part, to be effective against the competition. Yeah, I know that the title is boring, but I wasn't really sure what to call an article about Tigers' reliever Al Alburquerque. I wanted to find a clever way to tie in his Instagram account, but that thing is so far out there that none of it would have made any sense anyway. No matter, this report card is strictly grading Alburquerque's performance on the field, not on social media. Al Alburquerque was a semi bright spot in Detroit's...
Bless You Boys Oct 19, 2014
Steven Moya showing resiliancy in Arizona Fall League, minor league notes

Steven Moya showing resiliancy in Arizona Fall League, minor league notes

Steven Moya is settling in at the plate and Robbie Ray overcame a pitch-clock violation to strikeout five in a recent outing with the Arizona Fall League. Steven Moya continues to impress with the Arizona Fall League. After hitting 35 home runs with Double-A Erie this season, the tall right fielder mashed his first homer in Arizona Saturday night, finishing 2-for-4, where he reached on an error and scored three times to keep his batting average at a healthy .303. Moya is now settling in and he's showing an ability to bounce back after hitless nights at the plate. Moya got off to a hot start...

2014: The 1st Inning (10-8)

While this is partly inspired by the old Sam Hoff season-as-innings feature, I’m not going to go into statistics too much, least of all cumulative team stats. No, I’m going to recap the games, because the games are what happened. (You might be surprised at how clearly you remember some of them.) I am, in […]
Bless You Boys Oct 18, 2014

Tigers Report Card: Bryan Holaday was on the team

Bryan Holaday was Detroit's primary backup catcher in 2014. Did he measure up to the task? I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep everyone's expectations.---Bill Watterson I'm as guilty as anyone. I typically approach most seasons with extremely low expectations of the backup catcher. Catch the ball. Throw the ball. Be told by announcers that he "calls a good game" and shrug in acceptance due to lack of proof otherwise. Have the next set of announcers tell us he has a great working relationship with the pitching staff. Get an occasional hit. Maybe even a little hot streak...
Bless You Boys Oct 17, 2014

Who was the Tigers' biggest surprise?

The Tigers needed plenty of surprises to finish a game ahead of the Royals and win the division Earlier this week we considered who disappointed us most this season. You have spoken, and Joe Nathan wins the prize. On a more positive note let's determine who pleasantly surprised us. J. D. Martinez had below-replacement-level performance the past two seasons. He was released by the Astros in spring training, and started the season with the Toledo Mud Hens. After ten home runs in Triple-A, he was promoted. In Detroit he provided a .315 / .358 / .553 slash line, an equivalent production rate to...
Bless You Boys Oct 17, 2014

Dave Dombrowski on Tigers' window closing: "I don't buy that"

The absence of a World Series trophy in Detroit has left some believing the Tigers' window to bring the title home is closing. Dave Dombrowski doesn't believe it for one moment. DETROIT — The Tigers were not favored to make a postseason run going into the 2006 season. They were, in fact, not expected to go anywhere for the foreseeable future. Now, after several missed attempts to clinch their first World Series Championship in 30 years, there are concerns that the Tigers' window of opportunity on a World Series title is closing, and fast. Tigers president and GM Dave Dombrowski doesn't...
Bless You Boys Oct 17, 2014

How much is Victor Martinez worth to the Tigers?

Victor Martinez would like to remain a Tiger, and the Tigers would love to have him back. But at what cost? How much is Victor Martinez worth to the Tigers? Victor Martinez was arguably the best hitter in the American league in 2014. His weighted on base average (wOBA) of .412 led the league. He was second only to Jose Altuve of the Astros with a .335 batting average, and second only to White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu with a .565 slugging percentage. His strikeout rate of just 6.6% was easily the lowest among all qualified hitters in the major leagues, and he led the league in on base...
Bless You Boys Oct 16, 2014

Tigers Report Card: Joe Nathan was not at all what the Tigers expected

Joe Nathan was signed in December of 2013 to be the lockdown closer that the organization thought they lacked in last season's playoffs. Instead, Nathan only added fuel to the bonfire just beyond the left field fences at Comerica Park. When the Detroit Tigers signed Joe Nathan last offseason, they thought they were getting one of the premier closers of the 21st century who would lockdown the back end of the bullpen for 2014. While there is no denying the history that Joe Nathan has, there is also no denying that his performance in 2014 was putrid. I'm not going to sit here and point fingers...

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