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MLB Winter Meetings 2016: Tuesday’s rumors and signings

MLB Winter Meetings 2016: Tuesday’s rumors and signings

Boston Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski made a blockbuster trade for Chris Sale Tuesday afternoon. What else happened on Tuesday? The Boston Red Sox had a big day on Tuesday. They made two trades (one considerably larger than the other), signed a free agent, and managed to fill three holes in the span of one afternoon. Quite a few other things happened around the league on Tuesday, as well. Let’s take a look. Detroit Tigers moves and rumors The Tigers are gauging interest on former New York Yankee pitchers Justin Wilson and Shane Greene, according to Joel Sherman of the New York...
Bless You Boys Dec 6, 2016
MLB trade rumors: Tigers need to deal pitching in a weak market

MLB trade rumors: Tigers need to deal pitching in a weak market

Lack of quality free agents, and a general unwillingness to trade prospects may open an opportunity to move some dead weight. The Detroit Tigers have too many pitchers right now. More precisely, they have too many mediocre pitchers without options. At the same time, teams in need of starting pitching are faced with the worst crop of available free agents in recent memory. This may explain the run on relief pitchers, as teams try to work around the traditional conception of a pitching staff to shore up their run prevention. But it also leaves the Tigers in an interesting position to fulfill...
Bless You Boys Dec 5, 2016
MLB Trade Rumors: J.D. Martinez looks very valuable as teams avoid big contracts

MLB Trade Rumors: J.D. Martinez looks very valuable as teams avoid big contracts

Plenty of big bats remain, but only one requires little commitment beyond a high quality prospect. So far, there has been little direct news about the Detroit Tigers at this week’s Winter Meetings. Yet the trends in other deals may play a major role in determining whether the Tigers can get the type of return they’re hoping for from J.D. Martinez. In the early going there is a marked reluctance to sign established veterans to big contracts. That reluctance makes the Tigers right-fielder a very valuable commodity. One of the key signposts to the market for right-handed power is former...
NoNoHitters.com Dec 4, 2016

Tigers trade Trucks after two no-nos, 64 years ago today

The Detroit Tigers traded right-hander Virgil Trucks after he threw no-hitters in a season, 64 years ago today. On December 4, 1952, Detroit dealt Trucks, Johnny Groth and Hal White to the St. Louis Browns for Owen Friend, Bob Nieman and Jay Porter. During his 11th season with the Tigers, Trucks threw two no-hitters despite …
Bless You Boys Dec 2, 2016
Detroit Tigers Links agrees to terms

Detroit Tigers Links agrees to terms

Now that the CBA is complete we can get back to still not having baseball. No strikes during this at bat Baseball is back! Or ... not leaving, at least. The MLBPA and owners agreed to a new CBA just hours ahead of the old deal expiring. Despite the close proximity to the deadline I think any rumors of cancelled winter meetings or work stoppages were largely over blown. Rob was kind enough to provide a full break down here. To be honest, there weren’t any ground breaking changes but some interesting items include: Meaningless things are no longer meaningful That is, of course, referring to...
Bless You Boys Dec 1, 2016
MLB trade rumors: Dexter Fowler could solve the Tigers’ center field problem... for a price

MLB trade rumors: Dexter Fowler could solve the Tigers’ center field problem... for a price

What? Christmas miracles happen sometimes. There has never been a better time for center fielder Dexter Fowler to be a free agent. Coming off an enormously successful season with the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, he has the glow of a winner all over him. His name recognition is through the roof, and he’s the kind of hot signing that will blow up the MLB trade sites the moment it happens. When Fowler decided to re-sign with the Cubs on a one-year deal last spring, he did it with one thing in mind: winning. Now that he has the ring and the glory, it may be time to test how big his...
Bless You Boys Nov 29, 2016

MLB trade rumors: The Mets may be interested in J.D. Martinez

With Yoenis Cespedes’ asking price possibly being too high for the Mets, J.D. Martinez could be on their radar. Due to the negotiations of a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the MLB Hot Stove has yet to heat up. With the winter meetings approaching and the CBA negotiations starting to progress, there are rumblings that teams are beginning to move forward with their offseason plans. One of the teams reportedly exploring the market is the New York Mets, who are searching for a power-hitting corner outfielder. Enter the Detroit Tigers, who happen to have one in the form of J.D....
Bless You Boys Nov 29, 2016

MLB trade rumors: We’re still skeptical of that Victor Martinez rumor

Could the Tigers solve their payroll crunch by dealing their veteran DH? No, probably not. The Detroit Tigers currently have competing interests in play as the Winter Meetings draw near. The club shows no sign of giving up on the AL Central in 2017, yet they are under a mandate to lower their payroll to a manageable level. The second part is easy. The Tigers could move several stars for modest returns and completely reset the payroll. However, without Ian Kinsler or Justin Verlander, it’s difficult to argue that the Tigers will be a real factor next season. Here’s an ideal solution:...
Bless You Boys Nov 23, 2016

MLB trade rumors: The Pirates might be looking to deal Andrew McCutchen

Sadly, the Tigers probably don’t have the prospects to make this happen. Recently, news broke that there were talks of the Seattle Mariners acquiring Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen. A five-time All-Star and former NL MVP, McCutchen has apparently had a lot of interest in the past few months. The Washington Nationals also inquired about him recently. And when Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was asked about the future of McCutchen staying in Pittsburgh, his answer was a simple, “I’ll take it one day at a time.” All signs point to the star center fielder potentially...

Tigers Den Roundtable: Where should Joe Jimenez be in the Tigers prospect rankings?

Baseball America kept Big Joe off their newest Tigers top 10 list, which raised a lot of eyebrows. Prospect rankings are not easy to compile. A lot of work goes into the evaluation of a single minor league player, and weighing the different skills of each person — not to mention comparing pitchers to hitters — makes it even more difficult. Tools, floor, ceiling, and a number of other factors get weighed, often by multiple people, and the result is supposed to give some sort of hierarchy to a team’s minor league system. However, this is the internet, and people are going to get really...
Bless You Boys Nov 15, 2016

MLB trade rumors: Tigers and Giants ‘discussing’ J.D. Martinez deal

Another NL West contender is after the Tigers’ goods for sale. As the offseason trade market heats up, expect us to hear more about discussions the Detroit Tigers are having with teams for their highly sought-after players. Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Giants are one of those teams talking with general manager Al Avila about right fielder J.D. Martinez. With Martinez under team control for one more year at $11.75 million, teams are looking at him as a relatively cheap slugger to acquire without the long-term commitment. He certainly has value as a player who has reached...
Bless You Boys Nov 14, 2016

Tigers’ Michael Fulmer wins the AL Rookie of the Year Award

Fulmer never really had any competition for the title, even in September. For the first time since Justin Verlander won it in 2006, a Detroit Tigers player takes home the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Michael Fulmer is the first pitcher to win it since Jeremy Hellickson in 2011, and he’s just the second Tiger to take home the hardware since Lou Whitaker in 1978. The Tigers knew Fulmer had the potential to one day fill a rotation spot, but no one expected him to fill such large shoes in so short a time — or dominate as well as he did. Tigers general manager Al Avila said as...
Bless You Boys Nov 12, 2016

The Tigers missed out on Lourdes Gurriel, just like we thought they would

The Tigers’ trend of not being big players in the international free agent market continues. On Friday afternoon, news broke that the Toronto Blue Jays had signed Cuban international free agent Lourdes Gurriel to a seven year, $22 million deal. At the ripe age of 22 and a talent who can play both shortstop and the outfield, he’s the type of player the Tigers could use to rebuild their farm system. Unlike his older brother, Yulieski of the Astros, it was widely assumed that Lourdes would need some seasoning in the minors. Still, combining his versatility in the field with his on-base...

MLB trade rumors: Aroldis Chapman wants $100 million, which is utter tomfoolery

Chapman will get paid this offseason, but the Tigers shouldn’t get crazy. MLB free agency is bananas. Every year, teams flush with cash shell out millions of dollars to help bolster their rosters. More often than not, those contracts are so long and expensive that they can hamper a team’s payroll a few years later. This has become more prevalent in recent years as free agent contracts have gotten more extravagant than ever. Then there’s Aroldis Chapman. According to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, Chapman is looking for a contract in excess of $100 million this offseason. A potential...
Bless You Boys Nov 7, 2016

Al Avila’s biggest mistakes in his first year as GM

The Tigers’ second year GM has plenty of mistakes to learn from in his sophomore year. Succeeding as a first year GM in the constantly evolving world of Major League baseball is tough. Succeeding as a first year GM when your team has been in win now mode for the last 8 years, with all the expectations that implies, is even tougher. But let’s not sugar-coat it, Al Avila made plenty of mistakes in his rookie season. Mistakes he’ll have to learn quickly from. Some can be chalked up to bad luck or circumstance. Others, can be blamed on his lack of experience. But overall, the...

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