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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...

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Grand Rapids Press Oct 14, 2014
Dave Dombrowski: Brad Ausmus did well in first season, 'is only going to get better' as manager

Dave Dombrowski: Brad Ausmus did well in first season, 'is only going to get better' as manager

Some Tigers fans wonder whether the Tigers would have hired someone like Terry Francona if Jim Leyland had retired a year earlier. Or Ron Gardenhire had Leyland retired a year later. But it will be Ausmus at the helm again in 2015. DETROIT -- Dave Dombrowski says Brad Ausmus did a good job in his first year as manager of the Detroit Tigers. But he expects Ausmus to be even better in year No. 2. "He's our manager," Dombrowski said Tuesday afternoon while addressing media members during his annual end-of-the-season press conference. "He's back. And it's a situation...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 14, 2014
Dave Dombrowski would 'love' to re-sign Victor Martinez, will address free agents after World Series

Dave Dombrowski would 'love' to re-sign Victor Martinez, will address free agents after World Series

Dave Dombrowski met with members of the media to discuss the state of the Tigers during his annual end-of-the-season press conference and addressed a handful of pressing issues. DETROIT -- Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski wants to bring back Victor Martinez. Actually, Dombrowski would absolutely love to bring back Victor Martinez. But Dombrowski confirmed Tuesday that the Tigers have yet to make a decision about whether they intend to pursue the designated hitter this winter. In fact, the Tigers have yet to determine if they plan to re-sign any of the eight...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 14, 2014
Detroit Tigers expect right-hander Bruce Rondon to be ready for start of spring training

Detroit Tigers expect right-hander Bruce Rondon to be ready for start of spring training

Heading into the 2014 season, the Tigers expected Rondon to battle Joba Chamberlain for the setup role. But an elbow issue sidelined Rondon and he underwent Tommy John surgery in late March. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers expect a familiar name to be part of a revamping of the bullpen for the 2015 season.  General manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday afternoon that he believes hard-throwing right-hander Bruce Rondon will be ready to go next spring after he underwent Tommy John surgery in March. "We're encouraged that he would be ready," Dombrowski said. "He's...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 14, 2014
Dave Dombrowski: Solidifying center field, improving bullpen among top offseason priorities

Dave Dombrowski: Solidifying center field, improving bullpen among top offseason priorities

Dombrowski addressed the issue Tuesday afternoon during his annual end-of-the-season press conference with media members.   DETROIT -- Dave Dombrowski knows he has plenty of work to do this offseason. On Tuesday afternoon, he listed his top three priorities. Dombrowski addressed the issue Tuesday afternoon during his annual end-of-the-season press conference with media members. He listed his top priorities -- in no particular order -- as follows: Solidifying center field: Dombrowski said the Tigers will either seek a full-time center fielder or someone who bats...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 14, 2014
Live updates: GM Dave Dombrowski discusses state of Detroit Tigers, offseason moves in annual meeting

Live updates: GM Dave Dombrowski discusses state of Detroit Tigers, offseason moves in annual meeting

For the first time since being eliminated in the ALDS, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski will meet with members of the media to address the state of the Detroit Tigers. Please note, all statements from Dombrowski in this post will be paraphrased, unless quotation marks are used. Refresh often for updates once the press conference begins. DETROIT -- Tigers fans want answers. And they should get a lot of them today. For the first time since being eliminated in the AL Division Series, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski will meet with members of the media to...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 14, 2014
Detroit Tigers prospect Steven Moya cools off after hot start in Arizona Fall League

Detroit Tigers prospect Steven Moya cools off after hot start in Arizona Fall League

Moya is 0 for 8 with a walk in his past two games after going 6 for 10 with two doubles and three RBIs in his first two games. Detroit Tigers outfield prospect Steven Moya is hitting .333 in four Arizona Fall League games. But he has cooled off after an extremely hot start. Moya went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts Monday as the Glendale Desert Dogs and the Peoria Javelinas played to a 2-2 tie in a game that was called after 11 innings. Moya is 0 for 8 with a walk in his past two games after going 6 for 10 with two doubles and three RBIs in his first two games....
Grand Rapids Press Oct 14, 2014
Ask Schmehl: On bullpen moves this winter and whether Detroit Tigers will target Andrew Miller

Ask Schmehl: On bullpen moves this winter and whether Detroit Tigers will target Andrew Miller

The Tigers havent yet decided whether to exercise a $7 million option on Joakim Soria, but given their bullpen woes and the uncertainty surrounding Joe Nathan, theyd be foolish not to pick it up. DETROIT -- Seven million dollars is quite a lot of money to pay a reliever that isn't expected to close games. Then again, Joakim Soria is worth every penny. Joe Nathan is expected to open the 2015 season as the Detroit Tigers' closer and -- in all likelihood -- he'll be given a long leash should he falter from time to time. There's a chance Nathan will turn things...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 13, 2014
Alex Avila says he is symptom free, remains focused on continuing career with Detroit Tigers

Alex Avila says he is symptom free, remains focused on continuing career with Detroit Tigers

Avila said he was feeling great as he prepared to head from Michigan back home to Florida for the winter. When the Tigers return from Florida to Detroit to start the 2015 season, Avila has every intention of being with them. Alex Avila said he was feeling great Monday afternoon as he prepared to head from Michigan back home to Florida for the winter. When the Detroit Tigers return from Florida to Detroit to start the 2015 season, Avila has every intention of being with them. Many have raised questions about Avila's future after he dealt with multiple head...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 13, 2014
Chat: All Detroit Tigers topics on table, including offseason moves and potential free-agent targets

Chat: All Detroit Tigers topics on table, including offseason moves and potential free-agent targets

Torii Hunter said hed welcome the chance to continue his career with the Detroit Tigers. But are the Tigers willing to give Hunter another shot in Detroit? DETROIT -- Torii Hunter said he'd welcome the chance to continue his career with the Detroit Tigers. But are the Tigers willing to give Hunter another shot in Detroit? Free agency is looming and the Tigers have some big decisions to make this winter. One of the biggest questions they face is whether they should bring back Hunter, who -- at 39 years old -- has pondered retirement, but has also expressed...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 12, 2014
Your turn: Does Alex Avila deserve passing grade? Should Victor Martinez get Tigers' highest marks?

Your turn: Does Alex Avila deserve passing grade? Should Victor Martinez get Tigers' highest marks?

Well close out our series by grading the infielders and catchers. Cast your votes in the polls below and feel free to explain your decisions in the comments.   Editor's note: Tigers reporter James Schmehl is handing out grades over the next four days. Today, he graded the Tigers' infielders and catchers. DETROIT -- You've seen the grades we gave to the infielders, catchers and designated hitter. Now, we want to know what grades you'd give them. This is your opportunity to grade each Tigers player based largely on how each player performed over the course of the...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 12, 2014
Detroit Tigers grades: Ian Kinsler receives 'B-minus' grade after disappearing in second half, playoffs

Detroit Tigers grades: Ian Kinsler receives 'B-minus' grade after disappearing in second half, playoffs

Well close out our four-day report-card series by grading the infielders and catchers on Detroits roster. Well also offer you the opportunity to grade each player later in the day. Editor's note: Tigers reporter James Schmehl is handing out grades over the next four days. Today, he'll grade the Tigers' infielders, catchers and their designated hitter. DETROIT -- Since the American League adopted the designated hitter in 1973, no full-time designated hitter has won the MVP award. And there's a strong chance the streak won't be snapped this year, given how well...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 11, 2014
Your turn: What grade would you give Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter? What about Rajai Davis?

Your turn: What grade would you give Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter? What about Rajai Davis?

This is your opportunity to grade each Tigers outfielder based largely on how each player performed over the course of the season compared to your own expectations.   Editor's note: Tigers reporter James Schmehl is handing out grades over the next four days. Today, he graded Detroit's outfielders. DETROIT -- You've seen the grades we gave to the Detroit Tigers outfielders. Now, we want to know what grades you'd give them. This is your opportunity to grade each Tigers outfielder based largely on how each player performed over the course of the season compared to...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 11, 2014
Detroit Tigers grades: J.D. Martinez's breakout year earns him highest marks among outfielders

Detroit Tigers grades: J.D. Martinez's breakout year earns him highest marks among outfielders

How much of the Tigers overall success at the plate came off the bats of their outfielders? Lets take a shot at grading all eight players who patrolled the outfield at Comerica Park. Editor's note: Tigers reporter James Schmehl is handing out grades for players over the next four days. Today, he's grading the Detroit Tigers' outfielders. DETROIT -- We've graded the starting pitchers and the relievers. Now, it's time to turn our attention to the position players. And we'll start with Detroit's outfielders. The Tigers' offense was potent, arguably the best in...
Grand Rapids Press Oct 10, 2014
Your turn: Did Joakim Soria earn a 'B' grade? What grade will you give Detroit Tigers' relievers?

Your turn: Did Joakim Soria earn a 'B' grade? What grade will you give Detroit Tigers' relievers?

We graded Detroits starting pitchers Thursday. Today, well turn to the bullpen. This is your opportunity to grade each reliever based largely on how each pitcher performed over the course of the season. Editor's note: Tigers reporter James Schmehl is offering grades for the team over the next four days. Today, he graded Detroit's relievers. DETROIT -- You've seen the grades we handed out to the pitchers in Detroit's bullpen. Now, we want to know what grades you'd give them. This is your opportunity to grade each reliever based largely on how each pitcher...

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