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Grand Rapids Press Jan 24, 2016
Alex Wilson willing 'to do anything' to help bolster Tigers' improved bullpen

Alex Wilson willing 'to do anything' to help bolster Tigers' improved bullpen

The right-handed pitcher was relied upon for different roles in 2015. He could be used more of the same way in 2016. DETROIT -- Alex Wilson turned into a jack-of-all-trades pitcher for the Detroit Tigers last season. He closed some, started one, went long and was used situationally as manager Brad Ausmus mixed and matched his bullpen pieces to see where they fit best. But with a beefed up pen heading into 2016, and Ausmus already dolling out late-inning roles, that could leave the right-handed Wilson in the same spot. "That's fine," Wilson told reporters Saturday...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 23, 2016
Detroit Tigers notes: Bruce Rondon, JaCoby Jones expected for spring training

Detroit Tigers notes: Bruce Rondon, JaCoby Jones expected for spring training

Rondon is expected to be 100 percent, and Jones can still participate in spring training before serving the balance of his suspension. DETROIT -- Baseball issues aside, Detroit Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon and infield prospect JaCoby Jones are both expected to report and be ready for spring training next month. Rondon, left off the Tigers' caravan tour after recently acquiring the chikungunya virus, is currently residing in Florida but general manager Al Avila said Saturday he expects the beleaguered former closer to be 100 percent by the time pitchers report to...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 23, 2016
Detroit Tigers on track to have nine outfielders with big-league experience in camp this spring

Detroit Tigers on track to have nine outfielders with big-league experience in camp this spring

The addition of Justin Upton had a domino effect on basically every outfielder the Tigers have with the exception of J.D. Martinez, who will be the everyday right fielder. DETROIT -- There is little doubt that general manager Al Avila would have done things differently this offseason had he known owner Mike Ilitch was going to give him the OK to sign Justin Upton to a six-year contract. But as a result of the moves, the Detroit Tigers more depth in the outfield than they have had in a long, long time. "We're happy with it because right now with our outfield,...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 22, 2016
Check out photos from the Detroit Tigers winter caravan, Day 2

Check out photos from the Detroit Tigers winter caravan, Day 2

The Detroit Tigers finished their annual winter caravan Friday, with trips around Metro Detroit. DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers finished their annual winter caravan Friday, with trips around Metro Detroit. After a full afternoon Thursday - which included Justin Verlander's visit to the Ann Arbor VA - the Tigers kicked their day off a little earlier Friday with a 10:30 a.m. visit to the Wayne County Sheriff's Headquarters. Most of the players ventured to the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights, where they received a private guided tour of hundreds of GM...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 22, 2016
Hibernation over, Tigers' Nick Castellanos 'counting down the days' to Lakeland

Hibernation over, Tigers' Nick Castellanos 'counting down the days' to Lakeland

Castellanos posted a .966 fielding percentage at third base and hit .255 for Detroit in 2015. LANSING -- Nick Castellanos is a rare breed when it comes to other major leauge players his age. The Detroit Tigers' 23-year-old third baseman doesn't have a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and spends his offseason shutoff from baseball. "I mean, I have literally not put on ESPN or MLB Network one time since the season ended," Castellanos said. "Everybody's different. You have guys who love always being in the loop, being connected, watching MLB Network, listening to the...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 22, 2016
Crowded Detroit Tigers outfield doesn't sway Tyler Collins' confidence

Crowded Detroit Tigers outfield doesn't sway Tyler Collins' confidence

Options narrow with signing of Justin Upton, but Collins hopes resolve and more speed get him noticed. GRAND RAPIDS - Tyler Collins' prospects of finding time in the Detroit Tigers outfield this season just got squeezed this week with the arrival of Justin Upton and his six-year, $132 million contract. The 25-year-old Collins, who played well primarily in left in 60 games last season in his first extended stint in the big leagues, faces a bigger challenge this spring in crowded outfield with the addition of Upton, a left fielder. Collins' reaction? "I feel...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 22, 2016
Luxury cars catch Detroit Tigers' eyes at Detroit auto show

Luxury cars catch Detroit Tigers' eyes at Detroit auto show

After the Tigers rode in the daily Cars On Parade and joked around at a question and answer session at the Chevrolet display, a couple players wanted to see what this years auto show had to offer. DETROIT, MI-- The Detroit Tigers completed their last stop of their winter caravan tours around Metro Detroit at the 2016 North American International Auto Show Friday. After the Tigers rode in the daily "Cars On Parade" and joked around at a question and answer session at the Chevrolet display, a couple players wanted to see what this year's auto show had to...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 22, 2016
Tigers' winter caravan to visit Detroit auto show Friday

Tigers' winter caravan to visit Detroit auto show Friday

DETROIT, MI-- Detroit Tigers players will visit the 2016 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center Friday afternoon. The event will run from 2:45-3:45 p.m. and is open to the public. Players will participate in the auto show parade, as well as a question and answer session in the Chevrolet display area. See photos from Thursdays Detroit Tigers Winter... DETROIT, MI-- Detroit Tigers' players will visit the 2016 North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center Friday afternoon. The event will run from 2:45-3:45 p.m. and is open to the public. Players will...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 21, 2016
Detroit Tigers' Justin Upton sold on ownership's desire to win World Series

Detroit Tigers' Justin Upton sold on ownership's desire to win World Series

Upton: I think what sold me mostly was Mr. Ilitch. The guy wants to win ballgames, he wants to win a championship. DETROIT -- The selling point for Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch to give the go ahead to sign outfielder Justin Upton was that Ilitch has a strong desire to win a World Series. The selling point for Upton to join the Tigers was basically the same. Upton cited Ilitch on Wednesday during his introductory press conference after signing a six-year contract with the Tigers. "I think what sold me mostly was Mr. Ilitch," Upton said. "The guy wants to win...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 21, 2016

Give us your grades for a Detroit Tigers offseason that featured Upton, Zimmermann

Al Avila was busy in his first offseason as general manager.
Grand Rapids Press Jan 21, 2016
Detroit Tigers' winter caravan kicks off Thursday

Detroit Tigers' winter caravan kicks off Thursday

A few of the stops are open to the public. An annual baseball tradition returns to Michigan today and Friday. The Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan kicks off at multiple spots across the state, a reminder that pitchers and catchers will report for spring training in Florida in less than a month. The annual caravan has roughly 30 stops, most of which are private appearances. But there are a few stops open to the public: --5:15-6 p.m. Thursday in Troy: Hockeytown Authentics, 1845 East Big Beaver Road. Photo opportunity with Tigers players for the first 150 people...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 20, 2016
Mike Ilitch's worries about Detroit Tigers offense led to Justin Upton signing

Mike Ilitch's worries about Detroit Tigers offense led to Justin Upton signing

Avila said Upton was at the top of the list for the Tigers all offseason when it came to potential high-priced targets for the offense. He simply didnt know whether Ilitch would pull the trigger and blow past the luxury tax threshold in the process. If there was any doubt that the signing of outfielder Justin Upton to a six-year contract was driven by ownership, general manager Al Avila removed all doubt Wednesday afternoon. The Detroit Tigers made plenty of moves early in the offseason to shore up their pitching staff. They made some minor moves to improve the...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 20, 2016
Detroit Tigers designate Jefry Marte for assignment to make room for Justin Upton

Detroit Tigers designate Jefry Marte for assignment to make room for Justin Upton

Marte made his major league debut during the 2015 season for the Tigers. He batted .213 (17 for 80) with four home runs, 11 RBIs and a .697 OPS. The Detroit Tigers added outfielder Justin Upton to the roster. Someone had to go. Jefry Marte was the odd man out. The Tigers designated Marte for assignment Wednesday afternoon to make room on the 40-man roster for Upton, who signed a six-year contract with an out clause after two seasons. Marte made his major league debut during the 2015 season for the Tigers. He batted .213 (17 for 80) with four home runs, 11 RBIs...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 20, 2016
Nick Castellanos: Royals-like team chemistry would help Tigers rebound

Nick Castellanos: Royals-like team chemistry would help Tigers rebound

Castellanos hit .255 in 2015, his second full major league season. It's well-publicized the Kanas City Royals have pretty good team chemistry. And it certainly was apparent en route to their World Series championship last year. Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos hears all about it, too, since he went to high school with Kansas City's Eric Hosmer. But it's certainly something for the Tigers to emulate, he says, if they look to bounce back from 2015's last-place finish in the American League Central. "They all love each other, and that's a huge deal,"...
Grand Rapids Press Jan 20, 2016
Detroit Tigers announce spring broadcast schedule; six games slated for Fox Sports Detroit

Detroit Tigers announce spring broadcast schedule; six games slated for Fox Sports Detroit

The Grapefruit League broadcasts will kick off March 2 in a game against the New York Yankees. The Detroit Tigers announced their full television and radio broadcast schedule for Grapefruit League games this spring on Wednesday. The schedule includes six games on Fox Sports Detroit and 20 games on the radio. The schedule for Tigers games on Fox Sports Detroit is: * March 2: vs. New York Yankees (at Tampa)* March 8: vs. Tampa Bay Rays (at Lakeland)* March 15: vs. Atlanta Braves (at Lakeland)* March 17: vs. St. Louis Cardinals (at Lakeland)* March 18: vs. St. Louis...

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