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Change is the only constant with the 2018 Tigers roster

Change is the only constant with the 2018 Tigers roster

The new season will bring about many new faces, and a lot of shuffling. As the Detroit Tigers creep closer the 2018 season, many question marks remain. Both the team and its fans recognize that winning is more of a secondary motive this season, as focus on player development and strengthening the organization have moved to the forefront. Accordingly, the nine Tigers to take the field might look a little different every night. This is a stark change from the past decade, where Detroit enjoyed streaks of consistency and familiarity in many parts of the roster. In many instances, the Tigers...
Rob Rogacki / Bless You Boys 18 hours ago
Tigers Prospect Notebook: It’s too early to be worried about Matt Manning

Tigers Prospect Notebook: It’s too early to be worried about Matt Manning

Manning is, and has always been, a high risk, high reward prospect. Around this time every year, various publications release their top prospect rankings for each MLB team. There are rarely any surprises. Sure, certain lists may have one player higher than another, but most rankings look fairly similar. So, when Baseball Prospectus ranked righthander Matt Manning sixth on their Tigers top 10 prospect list on Monday, people took notice. For the most part, Manning has alternated between second and third on most lists. Many view him on par with 2017 first round pick Alex Faedo, who is more...
Bless You Boys Jan 22, 2018
Detroit Tigers News: The Tigers continue to do mostly nothing

Detroit Tigers News: The Tigers continue to do mostly nothing

Not a lot is happening in Detroit right now. We are inching ever closer to the magical date of February 13, when pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Unfortunately, it would seem that the countdown to that day is just about all Detroit Tigers fans have to focus on for the moment. There isn’t much else to talk about regarding this team at the moment. Luckily, I do have a few things of interest to share from Detroit and around the league. Mr. Rogers is top 5 programming Jake Rogers, the organization’s top prospect behind the dish, is getting some recognition around the league...
Bless You Boys Jan 22, 2018
Baseball Prospectus names Franklin Perez top Tigers prospect

Baseball Prospectus names Franklin Perez top Tigers prospect

They also like Beau Burrows more than most. Baseball Prospectus weighed in on the growth in the Detroit Tigers farm system over the past year with the release of their Tigers prospect rankings on Monday. There were some surprises, but the top dog wasn’t one of them. Righthander Franklin Perez, acquired from the Houston Astros in the Justin Verlander deal, is the clear consensus top prospect in Detroit’s system. Beyond that, however, things get a little more interesting. The Tigers’ 2015 first round pick, 21-year-old righthander Beau Burrows, was a bit of a surprise on BP’s list,...
Tigers land 3 players on Baseball America’s top 100 prospect rankings

Tigers land 3 players on Baseball America’s top 100 prospect rankings

Detroit’s farm system is gaining more respect after years in the doldrums. After years of having one of the worst farm systems in baseball, the Detroit Tigers landed three prospects on Baseball America’s 2018 top 100 prospect rankings released on Monday morning. Right-handed pitchers Franklin Perez, Alex Faedo, and Matt Manning made the list as the No. 35, 50, and 78 prospects in baseball, respectively. Perez, acquired in the trade that sent Justin Verlander to the Houston Astros last August, is the organization’s consensus top prospect. Baseball America listed him first in their...
Let’s find a free agent for the Tigers to sign

Let’s find a free agent for the Tigers to sign

What if the Tigers signed a free agent anyway? It probably wouldn’t go well. This has been the slowest baseball offseason in memory. None of the top free agents on the market have signed with new teams yet, and there aren’t even that many rumors flying around. Teams are getting smarter about their spending, almost to the point that writers are wondering if some owner collusion is at play. A more plausible reason for the slow market is the number of rebuilding teams in the game today. With nearly one-third of baseball not trying all that hard to win in 2018. But what if they did try to...
Bless You Boys Jan 18, 2018
Bless You Boys Podcast Episode 5: Night of the Detroit Meteor

Bless You Boys Podcast Episode 5: Night of the Detroit Meteor

The editorial staff of Bless You Boys breaks down news and analysis of the Detroit Tigers. Sorry for the long break, but we’re back. Managing Editor Rob Rogacki joins Ashley and Brandon to review the modest moves of the Tigers offseason, and to start taking a looking forward into the season to come. On this episode, we take a look at how the Tigers are positioned as spring training nears, and whether they have another signing in them or not. We consider trading Nicholas Castellanos and whether the time is right, and why the offseason has been so freakishly slow this year. We also...
Bless You Boys Jan 17, 2018
Tigers, Iglesias avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Tigers, Iglesias avoid arbitration with one-year deal

The team has its starting shortstop. For now. The Detroit Tigers have avoided arbitration once again. The team agreed to terms with shortstop Jose Iglesias on a one-year deal on Wednesday evening, according to the club. The deal will see Iglesias make $6.275 million, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. The Tigers have avoided arbitration with all eligible players this offseason. The one-year deal, looking deeper, may serve as another sign that Iglesias’s time in Detroit may not extend beyond this season as the Tigers’ rebuild takes further effect, a sentiment shared by our own...
Bless You Boys Jan 17, 2018
Daniel Norris’ van has its own Instagram and it’s exactly what you would expect

Daniel Norris’ van has its own Instagram and it’s exactly what you would expect

What a time to be alive. Our most important discovery of the offseason hasn’t been a heretofore unknown international free agent, or an exciting prospect for the 2018 draft. No, the most exhilarating thing to be revealed over this cold, dark, barren winter is that Daniel Norris has an Instagram account for his van. The vehicle, lovingly named Shaggy, uses its social media presence to share good times with its beloved bearded owner, and the offseason adventures they have together. This is not the first time Shaggy has made a splash. During Norris’s tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays, the...
BYB elects Lou Whitaker to the Hall of Fame because screw you, BBWAA

BYB elects Lou Whitaker to the Hall of Fame because screw you, BBWAA

The BYB staff submitted their votes for the 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame (sort of). This was supposed to be an easy exercise. Last year, the Bless You Boys staff came together to create a mock ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Thirteen staff writers voted, and we elected six players to the Hall. Three of those players — Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines, and former Tigers catcher Ivan Rodriguez — made it to Cooperstown in real life. This year, the voters were a bit more restless. Maybe it’s all the losing. Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe it’s the fact that Alan Trammell was elected to the...
Bless You Boys Jan 17, 2018
Detroit Tigers News: Maybe Al Avila isn’t as bad as we thought

Detroit Tigers News: Maybe Al Avila isn’t as bad as we thought

Avila’s deals are certainly better than some recent trades in the league. If this offseason is any indication, general manager Al Avila’s approval rating probably deserves a bump. That’s because the returns for a number of top-tier players has been extremely underwhelming. Part of this is due to circumstance. The Miami Marlins were looking to cut money in any way possible after the new ownership group managed to buy their way into debt. And it appears the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to compete now at the expense of prospects with more upside. Still, Avila’s returns continue to...
The Tigers want to trade Nick Castellanos, and this is the right time

The Tigers want to trade Nick Castellanos, and this is the right time

Castellanos’ trade value probably won’t get any higher in 2018. The Tigers have been willing to trade just about anyone on their roster for the past two years. They finally pulled the trigger on a number of deals last summer, trading many of their high-priced stars for prospects to jumpstart a long-avoided rebuild. J.D. Martinez, Justin Verlander, Justin Upton, and Ian Kinsler have all been dealt in the past eight months, clearing over $100 million in payroll. Nicholas Castellanos might be the next player to join them. The third baseman-turned-right fielder has already been mentioned in...
Bless You Boys Jan 16, 2018
Tigers' Jake Rogers named to MLB Pipeline’s 2018 All-Defense Team

Tigers' Jake Rogers named to MLB Pipeline’s 2018 All-Defense Team

The catcher has a fantastic defensive game, and it earned him national honors. As accolades are given to various prospects around the league this winter, it is becoming obvious Detroit's system has been revitalized in a big way. Recently acquired hitters Daz Cameron and Isaac Paredes were both identified as outstanding prospects in the Tigers' system. Now it's the 22-year-old catcher Jake Rogers' turn for recognition, being placed on MLB Pipeline’s 2018 All-Defense Team. "[Rogers is] just so smooth behind the plate," said Jim Callis, one of MLB.com's prospect analysts. "His pure arm...
The Pirates traded Andrew McCutchen, and are rebuilding much differently than the Tigers

The Pirates traded Andrew McCutchen, and are rebuilding much differently than the Tigers

Remember when the Tigers tried to “reboot?” The Pirates can actually do that. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been the talk of baseball over the past week. First, they traded Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros. Then, they didn’t. Then they did again. People had opinions. Finally, on Monday, they dealt star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants. In return, the Pirates received six players. Only two of them were ever considered a top-100 prospect, and people soured on one (reliever Kyle Crick) a few years ago. While the general consensus is that the Pirates sold short on...
Bless You Boys Jan 15, 2018
Arbitration profile: Jose Iglesias

Arbitration profile: Jose Iglesias

Breaking down the arbitration case of Jose Iglesias The Detroit Tigers are on a collision course with shortstop Jose Iglesias, heading for an arbitration hearing in February unless the two sides can bridge a $1.2 million gap between their salary proposals. When the parties exchanged figures on January 12, Iglesias demanded a salary of $6.8 million while the club offered him $5.6 million for the 2018 season. Arbitration hearings will be scheduled between February 1- February 20, so the parties have a few weeks to hammer out a deal to avoid a hearing. The Tigers have a 16 year streak without...
Bless You Boys Jan 12, 2018
Tigers avoid arbitration with Castellanos, but reach stalemate with Iglesias

Tigers avoid arbitration with Castellanos, but reach stalemate with Iglesias

The sides are $1.2 million apart as arbitration looms. The Tigers have not attended a salary arbitration hearing with one of their players for the past 16 years. That streak is in jeopardy, for now at least, as they were unable to come to terms with shortstop Jose Iglesias on a contract for the 2018 season. Detroit was able to come to terms with five of six arbitration eligible players, including four players on Friday afternoon. Iglesias requested a salary of $6.8 million, while the Tigers offered him $5.6 million, according to the Detroit Free Press. The club’s offer is equal to the...
Bless You Boys Jan 12, 2018
Shane Greene, Alex Wilson agree on 1-year contracts with Tigers

Shane Greene, Alex Wilson agree on 1-year contracts with Tigers

They will make $1.95 million and $1.925 million in 2018, respectively The Tigers have agreed to one-year contracts with relievers Shane Greene and Alex Wilson. The contracts are worth $1.95 million and $1.925 million for 2018. This is Greene’s first year of arbitration and Wilson’s second year. Greene was relatively reliable out of the bullpen last season, finishing with career bests in nearly every stat. He closed out 2017 with a 2.26 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, nearly 10 strikeouts per inning, 26 games finished, and nine saves. He looks to be a bright spot in the ‘pen for 2018 and beyond. ...
Bless You Boys Jan 12, 2018
Johnny Barbato is an interesting waiver claim for the Tigers

Johnny Barbato is an interesting waiver claim for the Tigers

Barbato will make an interesting project piece in pitching coach Chris Bosio’s workshop. One ongoing perk the Tigers acquired by staggering to last place was first pick of any player who hits the waiver wire this upcoming season. They picked up reliever Johnny Barbato from the Pirates on Thursday. While he’s obviously somewhat flawed (or he wouldn’t be available on waivers) he also has a bit of intrigue that is worth exploration. Barbato has a bit of the common “ROOGY” gene, but also has a nice raw sinker. He has yet to consistently show the command necessary to be a reliever at...
Tigers, James McCann agree on 1-year contract

Tigers, James McCann agree on 1-year contract

McCann will make $2.3 million in 2018, his first season of arbitration. The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year contract with catcher James McCann, avoiding arbitration. McCann will make $2.3 million in 2018, his first season of arbitration eligibility. McCann has been a durable starter for the past three seasons, playing a combined 325 games. His overall performance has been mixed. While he has posted generally excellent numbers throwing out baserunners, multiple sites have rated him as one of the worst pitch framers in baseball. His .247/.295/.386 line isn’t all that impressive...
Bless You Boys Jan 11, 2018
5 Tigers players to exchange arbitration figures

5 Tigers players to exchange arbitration figures

Salary figures are due to be exchanged by Friday, January 12. Friday, January 12 is the official deadline for Major League Baseball teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures for the 2018 season. The Detroit Tigers have five players eligible for arbitration this winter: Jose Iglesias is eligible for the third and final time, Nicholas Castellanos and Alex Wilson are eligible for the second time, and James McCann and Shane Greene are eligible for the first time in their careers. McCann and the Tigers have already agreed to a one year deal worth $2.3 million. The Tigers...

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