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Tigers reportedly pick up 2015 option on Joakim Soria

The Tigers have exercised the club option of Joakim Soria for the 2015 season. DETROIT — Joakim Soria is staying put. Friday morning the Tigers exercised the club option on Soria, which was set at $7 million as originally reported by the Detroit Free Press' Anthony Fenech. The move was expected, though there was some question whether the Tigers would stick with Soria as a result of the rough postseason he had following a solid regular season. Soria will take over the eighth inning duties as the set-up man for closer, Joe Nathan. Reliever Bruce Rondon, who spent the 2014 season...
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Hanley Ramirez will (almost certainly) not be a Tiger next season

Hanley Ramirez will (almost certainly) not be a Tiger next season

We've been wrong before, but this one seems extra far-fetched. Dave Dombrowski has made a lot of unexpected moves since he became the Tigers' GM. Not many people envisioned that the club would trade for one of the generation's biggest stars in Miguel Cabrera, but Dombrowski pulled off what has turned out to be the theft of the century. Same goes for the Prince Fielder signing, or the subsequent trade that unloaded his gigantic contract and brought Ian Kinsler to Detroit. If those aren't recent enough for you, Dombrowski also dealt for David Price at last year's trade deadline. Not bad,...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 5 hours ago
Tigers report card: Alex Avila was more valuable than you think in 2014

Tigers report card: Alex Avila was more valuable than you think in 2014

If you don't like advanced statistics, you probably don't like Avila very much. The Tigers have had several excellent catchers wear their uniform over the years. From Mickey Cochrane to Bill Freehan, Lance Parrish to Ivan Rodriguez, the Tigers have a rich history of backstops who have been above average players on both sides of the ball. Alex Avila does not belong in this pantheon. But he has been a valuable member of the Tigers franchise over the past several years, even after his monster 2011 season. This year was no different for the Tigers' oft-maligned signal caller. He put up 2.1 WAR...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 7 hours ago

Dave Dombrowski fails to fix Tigers in first day of offseason

It's like he hasn't done anything yet. It seems like the World Series only just ended, but Tigers fans are already restless. Tigers President and GM Dave Dombrowski has not made any significant changes to a roster that fizzled out in the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles, calling into question what his motives truly are during this pivotal offseason. "We have not had those conversations yet," Dombrowski said when asked about who the Tigers would target in free agency. With the offseason already 24 hours over, it seems appropriate to ask what Dombrowski has actually done. The bullpen is...
Bless You Boys Oct 30, 2014

Who do you want to see play center field in 2015?

Other than Mike Trout. Ever since Austin Jackson was sent to the Mariners as part of the trade that brought David Price to Detroit, there have been some questions surrounding center field. Rajai Davis did an admirable job filling in to finish the season, but many feel that Davis is not a long-term answer. Both his hitting and defense were acceptable, but only as an emergency stopgap, not an everyday player. Davis has a career slash line of .270/.317/.381, but is at his best when facing left-handed pitching where his line improves to .304/.358/.446. Despite Davis’ blistering speed, he is...

Melky Cabrera would look great in left field for the Tigers

What does that mean for center field, though? Going into this offseason, the Tigers are in dire need of a center fielder. They tried to rely upon Rajai Davis and Ezequiel Carrera after trading Austin Jackson in 2014, but the experiment was largely a failure. They will search far and wide for a full-time replacement for 2015, but it isn't the easiest position to fill. What if the team were to think outside the box? Would they be better off improving their other outfield positions in order to absorb the decreased value that Davis and company would provide in center field next year? Or is this...
Bless You Boys Oct 30, 2014
Tigers report card: Anibal Sanchez was good when available

Tigers report card: Anibal Sanchez was good when available

The Tigers were built around their starting rotation in 2014. Anibal Sanchez was a key ingredient but two trips to the disabled list marred his season. Anibal Sanchez came into the 2014 campaign with hopes of building off his stellar season the year before. An ERA title in the American League had established Sanchez as another ace-level arm inhabiting the Detroit Tigers rotation. Dominating efforts were commonplace such as a 17 strikeout gem versus the Braves or a near no-hitter of the Twins. Would Sanchez once again be a pillar of success for the Tigers in...
Bless You Boys Oct 30, 2014
Offseason decisions loom large for Tigers

Offseason decisions loom large for Tigers

Deadlines, decisions, qualifying offers, awards, and winter meetings headline the offseason calendar. With the conclusion of the World Series comes the offseason. With the offseason comes free agency for many players. With free agency comes decisions, and deadlines. The first decision deadline falls just two days after the conclusion of the World Series, when teams have to decide whether to exercise club options contained in players’ contracts. For the Tigers, there are two decisions to be made on team options: 1. Whether to pick up the $7 million option on Joakim Soria, or buy him out...
Bless You Boys Oct 29, 2014
Word Series Game 7 Open Thread

Word Series Game 7 Open Thread

San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals Series: Tied 3-3 Time/Place: 8:07 p.m., Kauffman Stadium SB Nation blogs: McCovey Chronicles, Royals Review Media: FOX Pitching Matchup: RHP Tim Hudson (9-13, 3.57 ERA) vs. RHP Jeremy Guthrie (13-11, 4.13 ERA) Pitcher GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 WHIP FIP SIERA fWAR Hudson 31 189.1 5.7 1.6 0.7 1.231 3.54 3.66 1.7 Guthrie 32 202.2 5.5 2.2 1.0 1.303 4.13 4.34 1.5 The Giants and Royals are facing off in one of the most exciting sporting events there is; Game 7 of the World Series. If the Giants win, it will be their third championship in five...
Bless You Boys Oct 29, 2014

Prospect update: Robbie Ray wedding gift registry evaluation

Any dope can create a scouting report based on relevant "information" and watching actual "pitching". Here at BYB we offer next level insight. It's over. It's time to move on. Doug Fister is gone. Steve Lombardozzi is also gone. Ian Krol is still around, but don't we essentially know what we have in Mr. Krol? A middling lefty who will have episodes of proficiency mixed with episodes of Dave Brandon Answering E-mail level incompetence. Dombrowski's real hope to save some face with this mess lies with one young man, Mr. Robert Glenn Ray. Robbie has evidently just completed his stint in...

Tigers report card: Robbie Ray wasn't ready for stardom in 2014

This doesn't mean that he won't be an effective pitcher in the future, though. Aside from manager Brad Ausmus, Robbie Ray might have the most thankless job in Detroit. The centerpiece of the trade that sent Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals, Ray is going to be held to a very high standard throughout his Tigers career. Fans will have trouble recognizing his value, even if he puts up more WAR than Fister did in Detroit. So it comes as no surprise that people were unhappy when he failed to exceed expectations in...

Koji Uehara could bolster the Tigers' bullpen in 2015

Uehara shut down the Tigers in the 2013 ALCS. Could he be the answer to their bullpen woes in 2015? Last time Tigers fans saw Koji Uehara, he was busy locking down all four games in the 2013 ALCS for the Boston Red Sox. Yes, there were a couple of matchups in 2014 sprinkled in, but the Red Sox faded quickly into oblivion after the Tigers swept them at Fenway Park in mid-May. With a youth movement currently underway in Boston, Uehara doesn't seem to fit into the team's long term plans. Could the Tigers swoop in and pick up the 2013 ALCS...
Bless You Boys Oct 28, 2014
Michael Cuddyer could be next veteran former Twin to come to Detroit

Michael Cuddyer could be next veteran former Twin to come to Detroit

Year after year, humanitarian Mike Illitch selflessly saves former Minnesota Twins by bringing them under his protection in Detroit. Will Cuddyer be the next? Despite playing only 49 games in 2014, Michael Cuddyer is still one of the best hitters on the 2015 free agent market. Much like the Tigers' Victor Martinez, and, to a lesser extent, Torii Hunter, Cuddyer has gotten better with age; posting his two best seasons of his career at the plate over the last two years according to wRC+, which takes into account Coors Field's hitter-friendly setup. Cuddyer's coming off a 3-year, $31.5 million...
Bless You Boys Oct 28, 2014

Tigers report card: Kyle Lobstein kept the rotation from the abattoir

The Tigers rotation was dealing with a significant injury and some wretched performances by the first wave or replacements. Kyle Lobstein was the next man up and he manned up. The best solutions are often simple, yet unexpected.-Julian Casablancas The situation looked rather bleak. In the aftermath of Anibal Sanchez visiting the Disabled List the Tigers were attempting to fill the void in their rotation with Robbie Ray and Buck Farmer. The returns were awful. It would all culminate in two awful games in Minnesota when Ray and Farmer were both pummeled by Twins batters and driven from the...

Mailbag: Who is the Tigers' center fielder in 2015?

Who should play center field for the Tigers in 2015? Why does our bullpen stink? Where does bench depth come from? These questions and more in this week's mailbag. This is quickly becoming my favorite feature of the week. Thank you for all of the great questions, and please keep them coming! Remember, you can contact us on Facebook, via Twitter, or by emailing bybtigers@gmail.com! @TTownTiger @BYBRob @Tigerdog_1 Who do you think the Tigers will have playing CF next year? — Joel (@Spockmaster) October 21, 2014 There are a million ways to go wrong with this question, so let's pick a...
Bless You Boys Oct 28, 2014

Tigers prospect Steven Moya remains steady, Arizona Fall League notes

Steven Moya holds the lead for many of Glendale's numbers, but others have struggled in the Arizona Fall League. The Arizona Fall League is well underway and there are just over two weeks remaining before the Championship Game concludes the short season for Major League Baseball's top prospects. With the upcoming AFL All-Star game on Saturday, some players' numbers have dropped off while others remain hot. Among them is Steven Moya, who has not relented his power at the plate, slugging his way to another All-Star selection in 2014. Moya started out strong with the Glendale Desert Dogs...
Bless You Boys Oct 27, 2014

Steven Moya selected as All-Star in Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game

Steven Moya and manager Lance Parrish have been selected to the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game. Steven Moya can add another All-Star selection to his minor league record, marking the fourth time in 2014 that Moya has been named an All-Star. Double-A Erie Seawolves manager, Lance Parrish, will be joining Moya as the two represent the Tigers in Saturday's Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game. The rosters for both the East and West teams were announced Monday afternoon. The game will be broadcast on the MLB Network on November 1 at 7 p.m. EST Parrish was chosen as the West team's manager...
Tigers report card: Torii Hunter showed his age in 2014

Tigers report card: Torii Hunter showed his age in 2014

He still hit well, but Torii Hunter's glove was a shadow of its former self. The Tigers outfield rated among the worst in baseball in many defensive metrics in 2014, and a big reason for that was Torii Hunter. Yes, that's a harsh way to begin a post about one of the best defenders of our generation, but this is not the same Torii Hunter that earned the nickname "Spider-Man" earlier in his career. Then there's his bat. Sure, he didn't walk much -- a 3.9 percent walk rate is pretty awful, actually -- but he hit .286 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI, many of which came out of the second spot in...

Andrew Miller is the relief ace that the Tigers desperately need

He may not have changed things in 2014, but he could make a huge difference in 2015. Oh, what could have been. The Tigers were reportedly close to dealing for left-handed reliever Andrew Miller at the non-waiver trade deadline this season, only to see the Baltimore Orioles swoop in at the last minute to lock him down. Just over two months later, Miller tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings in a pair of crucial spots against the Tigers in the ALDS. It's tough to say that one player -- and a reliever, at that -- could have turned the tide of a 3-0 series, but a pitcher as dominant as Miller can help...
Former Tigers pitcher Jeff Robinson dead at 52

Former Tigers pitcher Jeff Robinson dead at 52

Robinson, a once-promising pitching prospect, spent four of his six big league seasons in Detroit. Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jeff Robinson passed away at the age of 52 on Sunday. Robinson, who lived in Kansas City, spent the better part of the last year dealing with undisclosed health issues. Robinson, a California native, was drafted out of Asuza Pacific University by the Tigers in the third round of the 1983 draft. Current Tigers hitting coach Wally Joyner was selected by the California Angels just two picks earlier. Robinson spent four years in the minor leagues before making his...

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