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Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 11 hours ago

MLB trade rumors: Marlins inquire about David Price, Rick Porcello

Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports that "talks are not serious right now." Less than two weeks shy of the seven year anniversary of the infamous Miguel Cabrera deal, the Tigers and Marlins are back in trade talks. Fox Sports' Jon Morosi tweeted that the Marlins asked the Tigers about the availability of starting pitchers Rick Porcello and David Price. Morosi went on to report that "talks were not serious." This rumor is not much of a surprise (though the team involved is). Last week, we reported that the Tigers might look to trade Price, potentially clearing up payroll space to re-sign Max...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 18 hours ago

Daniel Nava could be a low-cost outfield upgrade for the Tigers

Nava's on-base percentage would look awfully good at the top of the Tigers' lineup. Earlier today, we looked at the Tigers' chances of landing Yoenis Cespedes earlier today. Now, it's time for a more reasonable option. Daniel Nava was a part-time player in 2014 and might be out of a job now that Hanley Ramirez has been added to the outfield mix. Would he be a good fit with the...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 19 hours ago

Should the Tigers trade for Yoenis Cespedes?

The Red Sox have outfielders and the Tigers need another one. Could the two teams partner up for a trade? A crowded Red Sox outfield got even more cramped when they agreed to a four year contract with free agent shortstop-turned-left-fielder Hanley Ramirez yesterday. Ramirez was initially considered Boston's next third baseman, but the team's quick one-two punch signing of Pablo Sandoval leaves Ramirez without a position. Now, he looks to be added to an outfield already consisting of Allen Craig, Mookie Betts, Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley, and, of most interest to many...
Bless You Boys 21 hours ago

What is the Tigers' biggest need for 2015?

The Tigers could use a corner outfielder, a number two hitter, some bullpen help, and a starting pitcher. Which of these do they need most? Major League Baseball’s offseason is in full swing. Free agents have declared, qualifying offers extended, options exercised or declined, and prospects added to rosters. The annual winter meetings are set to begin. General managers are making their lists, checking them twice, and sorting out their priorities for the offseason. The Detroit Tigers have addressed some of their needs, but others have yet to be addressed. Tigers’ President, Dave...

Mailbag: Could the Tigers and Red Sox be trade partners?

Could the Tigers work out a deal with the Boston Red Sox for an outfielder? Does it make sense for the Tigers to trade Castellanos? When will we send some starters to the bullpen? These questions and more in this week's mailbag. There has been a lot of activity around baseball over the past week, but the Tigers have been relatively quiet. So, until the Tigers make another move, we talk about more trade rumors and roster construction! Remember, send us your questions on Facebook, on Twitter, or via email at bybtigers@gmail.com! @BYBRob say the Red Sox go all out and sign Hanley and Panda,...

Tigers report cards: Danny Worth's knuckleball headlines the best of the rest

Today, we (finally) conclude our report card series. The book has long been closed on the Tigers' 2014 season, especially now as the 2015 roster starts to take shape. Here at BYB, we have tried to look back while keeping an eye on the future. After a brief hiatus, we will conclude our report card series with a few more grades, many of which belong to players who didn't see much action in 2014. Danny Worth: D+ Throwing a pair of relief innings and allowing one run isn't a bad start to a pitching career. Had one of the Tigers' young relievers done this, he would have gotten a favorable...

2014: The 5th Inning (13-5)

The boys are back in town. And the name of the place is “I Like It Like That.” So the Detroit Tigers are now: SP Verlander SP Scherzer SP Sanchez SP Porcello SP Smyly RP Nathan RP Alburquerque RP Chamberlain RP Coke RP Hardy RP Smith RP McCoy C Avila C Holaday 1B-DH Cabrera 2B […]
Bless You Boys Nov 22, 2014

Tigers sign outfielder Xavier Avery

The Tigers add Xavier Avery to the list of possible replacements for Ezequiel Carrera and Torii Hunter. The Tigers have signed Xavier Avery to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. Xavier Avery is a veteran of seven minor league seasons, though he turns only 25 on New Year's Day. He was selected by Baltimore in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft and was promoted to the major league club in 2012. Baltimore traded him to Seattle for Mike Morse in 2013, the same Mike Morse who is a newly-minted World Series champion with...
Bless You Boys Nov 22, 2014

BYB radio guest appearance: It's been a busy week for the Tigers

Bless You Boys' beat writer and deputy editor, Catherine Slonksnis, gives her thoughts on the Tigers' moves in the last week. They say there's a first time for everything. Yours truly was asked by Toledo's 106.5 The Ticket, to go on the air Thursday afternoon and discuss the moves that were made in the last week. The Tigers re-signed designated hitter Victor Martinez to a four-year contract extension last Friday. They also traded a prospect, Devon Travis, to the Blue Jays for Anthony Gose, in an effort to take care of their defensive problem in center field. Alex Avila's option was picked...
Bless You Boys Nov 22, 2014

MLB to make adjustments to replay system in 2015, continue analyzing pace-of-game

Managers will retain their ability to challenge calls, but they won't need to leave the dugout to do so. MLB's "Pace of Game" committee also received mixed results from the experiment and doesn't expect a decision for another month or two. Major League Baseball will have a few tweaks to the replay system for the 2015 season, but the foundation will essentially stay the same. Managers will still be allowed one challenge, and if they win that challenge they have the right to challenge a second time. However, say goodbye to the slow, deliberate walks by managers, stalling for a decision to...
Bless You Boys Nov 22, 2014

Hot stove throwback: Tony Phillips and Lloyd Moseby helped lift Tigers from basement in 1990

Coming off a 59-103 season in 1989, Tigers GM Bill Lajoie brought in two veterans who faced each other in that year's ALCS, instantly giving Detroit some more credibility and relevance. Second in a series, looking back at high profile free agent signings by the Tigers. The Tigers' fall from grace in the late-1980s was stunning in its scope and rapidity. You want extremes? The 1987 Tigers won 98 games, the most of any team in the major leagues. Two years later, the Tigers led MLB in losses with 103. So how did the Tigers go from division winners to bottom feeders in just two years? Well,...
Bless You Boys Nov 21, 2014

How are the Tigers doing so far?

We haven’t even eaten Thanksgiving dinner yet, but there’s no reason why we can’t start judging the Tigers' offseason right now. Despite being less than a month removed from the World Series, there’s already been a lot of action around the baseball world. Let’s recap the Tigers’ moves so far. The Tigers began the offseason with a surprising subtraction from the organization when they waived Andy Dirks, who was picked up by the Blue Jays. Dirks’ performance varied from 2011-2013 but overall he was a solid outfielder in Detroit. He missed the entire 2014 season due to a back...

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

Zeid had a 5.21 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in two seasons with the Houston Astros. The Tigers made another change to their 40 man roster today, claiming right-handed relief pitcher Josh Zeid off waivers from the Houston Astros. Zeid, a 27 year old with a fastball that can reach the high 90s, was 0-1 with a 5.21 ERA and 5.07 FIP in 48 1/3 innings across two seasons with the Astros. He was a 10th round selection out of Tulane University by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009. To make room for Zeid on the 40 man roster, the Tigers designated center fielder Ezequiel Carrera for assignment. Carrera hit...

MLB trade rumors: Tigers in trade talks with Astros for a catcher, per report

Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reported that the Tigers could be in play for any of the Astros' three catchers. The Tigers have had "preliminary trade contact" with the Houston Astros about one of their catchers, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. After trading for former Los Angeles Angels backstop Hank Conger in early November, the Astros have three catchers with significant major league experience on their roster. Morosi indicates that the Tigers could be in play for Conger, Jason Castro, or Carlos Corporan. Castro is easily the best hitter of the trio, with a career .316 on-base percentage...

MLB declares Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada a free agent; could Tigers be interested?

Baseball America listed the Tigers as one potential fit for the 19 year old Moncada. One of the most intriguing names of the MLB offseason is a player that might not even end up in the major leagues next season. Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball last weekend, and just about every team in baseball -- including the Tigers -- has shown some level of interest. Moncada still needs to be unblocked by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) before he can sign with a team. Who is he? Moncada is a 19 year old shortstop who has had scouts...
Bless You Boys Nov 20, 2014

Tigers add Machado, Nesbitt to 40 man roster

The Tigers have added shortstop Dixon Machado and Angel Nesbitt to their 40 man roster. The move fills the roster to capacity. The Detroit Tigers have filled the two remaining vacancies on their 40 man roster, adding shortstop Dixon Machado and relief pitcher Angel Nesbitt to the roster, the club has announced. The two players are now shielded from the Rule 5 draft, which will be held on December 11, at the Winter Meetings. Machado has been on the roster previously, being added in November of 2012. He was optioned to the minors for the 2013 season and was designated for assignment after a...
Bless You Boys Nov 20, 2014

How does Giancarlo Stanton's new contract compare to Miguel Cabrera's mega-deal?

Last winter the Tigers locked up Miguel Cabrera for life. How does his contract compare with Giancarlo Stanton's extension? At the 2007 winter meetings, Dave Dombrowski recognized an opportunity. Miguel Cabrera was a 24-year-old veteran with five years under his belt. Cabrera had not yet ripped the title of "Best Hitter on the Planet" from Albert Pujols, but he had three consecutive seasons with an OPS+ of 150 in his early 20's. His cost to the Marlins was about to soar, and then they would lose him to free agency. The Marlins were ready to make a deal. Near the 2012 trade deadline, the...
Bless You Boys Nov 20, 2014

Are the Tigers done spending this offseason?

After a few key offseason moves, the Tigers’ payroll is dangerously close to the luxury tax threshold. Does this mean they are done spending? The Tigers have had a very top heavy payroll in recent years, and 2015 will be no exception. The team is built with stars in the starting rotation and in the heart of the batting order, and replacement level (or less) players filling out the bullpen and the rest of the lineup. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski is the first to admit that signing Victor Martinez may limit him when it comes to filling out the roster — or even putting average...

Why would the Tigers trade David Price and re-sign Max Scherzer?

The short answer: to keep pushing for a World Series title. Yesterday's news that the Tigers were exploring a trade of David Price in order to clear room for a Max Scherzer extension was interesting, but something with the rumor didn't sit right. Jesse Spector of Sporting News picked up on our rumor, and his take was that the timing of the news didn't make sense. That would be quite a risk for Dombrowski to take, given that the season still is nearly five months away. If Detroit aims to sign Scherzer or anyone else for big money, it would make far more sense to be sure to have them under...

What would the return on a David Price trade look like for the Tigers?

It may be more than you think, but don't expect a king's ransom. Yesterday, we reported that the Tigers were potentially shopping David Price for a trade this offseason. The payroll space could potentially be used to sign Max Scherzer to a long-term contract extension. The trade itself is one strategy that the Tigers could use this offseason to shore up areas of need elsewhere on the roster. In particular, the Tigers could stand to add another corner outfielder, a starter under club control for multiple years, or more bullpen help. It's unreasonable to expect multiple All-Stars or top...

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    Ian Kinsler

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    Nick Castellanos

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