1:00 AM EST, Thu December 13, 2018
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Grayson Greiner might be the starting catcher next season

Grayson Greiner might be the starting catcher next season

We’ll see if this is true come Opening Day, though. Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire spoke with assorted media at the MLB Winter Meetings on Wednesday, and offered several noteworthy quotes. The juiciest of them all? A rather surprising admission that Grayson Greiner will likely be the Tigers’ starting catcher in 2019, with John Hicks serving as a backup. Greiner, 26, is a former third round pick out of South Carolina. He made his MLB debut in 2018 and played in 30 games for the Tigers. He looked overmatched at the plate at times, and only hit .219 and slugged .281 in 116 plate...
10 hours ago
Tigers sign SS Jordy Mercer, per report

Tigers sign SS Jordy Mercer, per report

Avila promised a shortstop, and has delivered It was just Tuesday evening when Al Avila promised that the Detroit Tigers would sign a shortstop — much to the relief of manager Ron Gardenhire — and on Wednesday afternoon they delivered. The Tigers have signed former Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop, first reported by Jon Heyman. Heyman also reported the deal is one-year for $5.25 million, plus $250,000 in incentives. Last month, we wrote about why Mercer would be a decent signing for the Tigers. The 32-year-old has spent his entire career thusfar with the Pirates, and put up a...
15 hours ago
Links: Al Avila says “low probability” of signing Troy Tulowitzki

Links: Al Avila says “low probability” of signing Troy Tulowitzki

But confirms the Tigers are motivated to sign a shortstop On Tuesday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays shocked the baseball community by releasing All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Of course, the question among Tigers fans, us included, was “Should the Tigers try to sign him?” Well, turns out Al Avila and the Tigers brass are asking themselves that same question. It’s only natural that a team desperately in need of a shortstop for the 2019 season would perk up when the opportunity to sign one of the best active shortstops on the market appears. But before you get too excited and make...
15 hours ago
Martin Maldonado may be a good match for the Tigers

Martin Maldonado may be a good match for the Tigers

The veteran fits the Tigers’ timeframe and price point reasonably well. With a pair of pitchers already inked to free agent deals, our man in Las Vegas, Detroit Tigers general manager, Al Avila, will likely have a quiet end to his week at the Winter Meetings. However, that doesn’t mean his work is done. The middle infield needs help, and Avila specifically guaranteed the Tigers would move to shore up the shortstop position in his comments on Tuesday. But whether it happens this week, or deep into January, the Tigers would like to pounce on an inexpensive free agent catcher as well....
Dec 11, 2018
Rumor: The Tigers are interested in Ian Kinsler

Rumor: The Tigers are interested in Ian Kinsler

It makes too much sense to not happen, right? Ian Kinsler only spent four seasons with the Detroit Tigers, but he felt like a native son from day one. His quiet, “f*** you” attitude on the field is as Detroit as it gets, and he was a hard-nosed player who gave his all in a Tigers uniform — including that time he was bleeding all over the place. He played Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” as his walk-up song, just because. He and Detroit native Jack White are BFFs, and now make baseball bats together. And now the Tigers are interested in a reunion with the 36-year-old second...
Dec 11, 2018
Here’s why the Tigers should want Troy Tulowitzki

Here’s why the Tigers should want Troy Tulowitzki

The Blue Jays caught baseball by storm when they released Tulowitzki on Tuesday. Troy Tulowitzki is a five-time All-Star, and has two Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers to his name. He was a runner up for the Rookie of the Year vote in 2007 (losing to some guy named Ryan Braun), and was arguably the face of the Colorado Rockies during his ten-year duration with the team. Then he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and it has been a bumpy road for him since. Tulowitzki has dealt with recurring injuries, and most recently missed the entire 2018 season due to bone spurs in both his heels....
Dec 11, 2018
Tyson Ross’ ceiling could be impressive for Tigers

Tyson Ross’ ceiling could be impressive for Tigers

There is no guaranteeing that Ross will ever find his old stuff, but it was worth the risk for the Tigers. With the MLB Winter Meetings underway, the Detroit Tigers are unlikely to make any significant signings. Instead, the strategy will be to again sign low-risk, high-reward players who are not too flashy but could be in for a solid 2019 season if everything goes right. Righthander Tyson Ross, who is headed to Detroit on a one-year contract worth $5.75 million, fits this mold perfectly. Ross is 31 years old and just a couple years removed from thoracic outlet surgery, which he had in...
Dec 11, 2018
Links: Day 1 of MLB Winter Meetings is in the books

Links: Day 1 of MLB Winter Meetings is in the books

Meanwhile, the Yankees are very interested in Noah Syndergaard. The first day of the MLB Winter Meetings was rather light in terms of actual moves made, but trade and free agent rumors were flying fast and furious. From news on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado to a potential blockbuster deal involving both New York clubs, the baseball world gave us plenty to talk about on Monday. Amazingly, the biggest signing of the day came from our Detroit Tigers — yes, the Tigers that we are so deeply concerned about as they slowly move through their rebuild. Detroit inked righthander Tyson Ross to a...
Dec 10, 2018
Tigers sign RHP Tyson Ross to one-year deal

Tigers sign RHP Tyson Ross to one-year deal

The first day of Winter Meetings is off to a hot start As the annual MLB Winter Meetings get underway, many expected the Tigers to be restrained in any moves they made. But on the very first day of the event, the Tigers announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross to a one-year deal worth $5.75 million, according to Ken Rosenthal. Tyson Ross has roster bonuses that should be easy to reach and would boost his salary with the Tigers to $6 million, source tells Yahoo Sports.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 10, 2018 Ross, a 31-year-old free agent, most recently played...
Dec 10, 2018
Rumor: Braves, others interested in Castellanos

Rumor: Braves, others interested in Castellanos

Is this the time for the Tigers to move their hard-hitting outfielder? There haven’t been many rumors surrounding interest in Detroit Tigers players this offseason, especially with once-hot commodity Michael Fulmer spending his downtime recovering from surgery. But one name that is coming up with some frequency is that of Tigers outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Castellanos, according to a report from MLB.com’s Jon Morosi, is on the radar of teams like the Atlanta Braves, who are currently looking to bolster their roster. Sources: #Tigers OF Nick Castellanos is drawing trade interest....
Dec 10, 2018
MLB Winter Meetings open thread

MLB Winter Meetings open thread

The Tigers might not be busy this week, but the rest of baseball sure will. The MLB Winter Meetings technically got underway on Sunday afternoon, but the action did not heat up until Monday morning. General manager and executives from all 30 MLB teams have congregated in Las Vegas — I’m not sure if that idea was brilliant or terrible — and are busy discussing deals and negotiating with free agents. Some are even looking to improve their teams for the upcoming season. Others, like our beloved Detroit Tigers, will probably just be sitting on the sidelines. There is the Rule 5 draft to...
Dec 10, 2018
Links: The MLB Winter Meetings are here

Links: The MLB Winter Meetings are here

We take a look at what the Tigers might be looking to get done in Las Vegas this week, as well as some interesting offseason anecdotes. Good Monday morning. After a Sunday of travel, settling in, and avoiding Marlins Man at the hotel bar at all costs, the executives of Major League Baseball are ready to get the MLB Winter Meetings underway. And man, are we ready. The Hot Stove is actually hot, the Heisman Trophy was awarded to a baseball player, and we have Hall of Fame votes to get angry about. We can now turn our focus again to baseball, the Detroit Tigers, and what we can only hope...
Dec 9, 2018
Harold Baines, Lee Smith elected to Hall of Fame for reasons

Harold Baines, Lee Smith elected to Hall of Fame for reasons

Before you get angry, Lou Whitaker wasn’t on the ballot. Harold Baines and Lee Smith were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by a veterans committee on Sunday. This particular group, the “Today’s Game Committee,” was tasked with electing players “who made their marks from 1988 until present day.” Baines and Smith were elected from a group of 10 individuals, including former New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and longtime MLB manager Lou Piniella. Most relevant to our interests: former Detroit Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker was not on the ballot (so put those...
Dec 8, 2018
Poll: Should the Tigers take a pitcher or hitter with the No. 5 pick?

Poll: Should the Tigers take a pitcher or hitter with the No. 5 pick?

Spoiler alert: we’re going to have this debate a lot over the next seven months. The 2019 MLB draft is still seven months away (hell, we’re not even to the 2019 part yet). However, in this day and age, that hasn’t stopped multiple outlets from releasing top prospect lists and early mock drafts. MLB Pipeline took an early stab at predicting the top 10 picks earlier this week, and to little surprise, paired the Detroit Tigers with a promising starting pitcher. The actual pick doesn’t matter at this point. Whether it’s Duke lefthander Graeme Stinson, big righthander Carter Stewart...
Dec 8, 2018
Tigers roster and payroll update for the MLB Winter Meetings

Tigers roster and payroll update for the MLB Winter Meetings

Let’s take a look at how things stand before what will hopefully be a busy week for the Tigers. The 2018 MLB Winter Meetings begin on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev. News, rumors, signings, and trades will all come together in the blink of an eye over the course of the five days. Detroit Tigers fans came to expect big things from their team during the meetings under former president and general manager Dave Dombrowski, but a change in organizational philosophy has the team shopping in a different aisle these days (we’re trying to be patient about that). Whether the Tigers are big spenders or...