6:02 AM EST, Wed November 22, 2017
9 hours ago
Brad Ausmus hired by Los Angeles Angels

Brad Ausmus hired by Los Angeles Angels

The former Tigers manager will be a special assistant to the GM Brad Ausmus has found a major league job, though not in the managerial seat. The Tigers’ skipper of the last four seasons will spend the 2018 season with the Angels as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler, as according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Ausmus previously stated his desire to take a year off from managing, but this new job is in the front office and in the state of California, where Ausmus lives. Rockies manager Bud Black also accepted a front office job with the Angels in 2016...
16 hours ago
Braves likely to lose top prospect Kevin Maitan amid MLB investigation

Braves likely to lose top prospect Kevin Maitan amid MLB investigation

Maitan and others are expected to have their contracts voided by Major League Baseball, making them free agents. Due to a widespread MLB investigation, the Atlanta Braves are likely to lose a number of top prospects to free agency in the near future, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Among those players is Kevin Maitan, a 17-year-old Venezuelan infielder who signed with the Braves for $4.25 million in 2016. The Braves may also lose other international prospects signed around the same time period. Why is this happening?: The Braves have been under investigation for the past two...
21 hours ago
The KATOH projection system likes the Tigers’ free agent signings

The KATOH projection system likes the Tigers’ free agent signings

The Tigers three minor league free agent additions grade out among the best. The Detroit Tigers are set for a very quiet offseason. Once most of the major league free agents are signed, the team will probably add a few inexpensive players from the remainder bin. And we’ll likely see a player or two—Ian Kinsler, for example—traded away. However, there are also some fairly interesting minor league free agents out there, and the Tigers have already signed three of them. Al Avila struck early, signing starting pitcher Kevin Comer and utilityman Nike Goodrum to minor league contracts....
Nov 20, 2017
MLB trade rumors: Tigers discussing Ian Kinsler trade with Mets

MLB trade rumors: Tigers discussing Ian Kinsler trade with Mets

Kinsler and the Mets seem like an unlikely pair. The Detroit Tigers announced a flurry of roster moves on Monday evening, but the real intrigue comes from one they didn’t announce. Ian Kinsler has been on the trade block ever since the Tigers recorded their final out of 2017, and interest from specific teams is picking up. Today’s suitor? The New York Mets. Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi reported that the Tigers and Mets “have had preliminary discussions” about a potential Kinsler deal. This doesn’t mean much — asking for Noah Syndergaard in return could be considered “preliminary...
Nov 20, 2017
Rule 5 draft 2017: Tigers add 7 to 40-man, sign pitcher to MLB deal

Rule 5 draft 2017: Tigers add 7 to 40-man, sign pitcher to MLB deal

Lefty Ryan Carpenter joins the growing list of Tigers’ offseason acquisitions The Tigers announced the addition of seven players to their 40-man roster Monday evening, just ahead of the 8 p.m. ET deadline to protect from the Rule 5 draft. The team also announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Ryan Carpenter to a major league deal. Who they added The seven prospects added to the roster are outfielder Michael Gerber, right-handed pitchers Eduardo Jimenez, Spencer Turnbull, and Gerson Moreno, left-handed pitcher Gregory Soto, infielder Sergio Alcantara, and catcher Grayson Greiner. All...
Nov 20, 2017
Tigers add six prospects to major league roster

Tigers add six prospects to major league roster

Gerber, Soto among the newest additions The Tigers will add six prospects to their 40-man roster today, according to the Detroit News’ Lynn Henning on Twitter. The six players are outfielder Michael Gerber, pitchers Spencer Turnbull, Gerson Moreno, and Gregory Soto, infielder Sergio Alcantarra, and catcher Grayson Greiner. All six players would have been eligible for the Rule 5 draft if they had been left unprotected. The Tigers will not be adding infielder Kody Eaves, outfielder Jose Azocar, nor pitchers Adam Ravanelle and Paul Voelker. Those four will be among the players who are...
Nov 20, 2017
The Tigers’ spring training caps are awful again

The Tigers’ spring training caps are awful again

At least they look less like gas station knock-offs The Detroit Tigers’ spring training caps were horrible last year. Here’s a reminder, if you don’t remember. In that post, Rob said “We here at Bless You Boys vow to make fun of these hats so mercilessly that they cannot possibly make an appearance in spring training 2018.” And guess what — it worked! Thankfully, the caps are different this year. Unfortunately, this year’s hats are bad, too. Just slightly less so. #Tigers four different BP/spring-training caps for 2018. Some decent looks here. pic.twitter.com/oWrIXz86mc—...
Nov 20, 2017
Tigers release 2018 spring training schedule

Tigers release 2018 spring training schedule

Baseball is officially back on February 22nd There is a light at the end of the bleak winter tunnel, and that light is the Tigers’ 2018 spring training schedule, which was released Monday afternoon. The team will be returning to their Lakeland, FL home for the 82nd year — the longest relationship between an MLB team and a host city — and will once again be playing in the beautiful, newly renovation Joker Marchant Stadium, which only suffered minor damages during Hurricane Irma earlier this year. As usual, the Tigers will start the season with an exhibition match against the Florida...
Nov 20, 2017
Tigers have several players eligible for Rule 5 draft

Tigers have several players eligible for Rule 5 draft

Mike Gerber headlines a group of young talent that the Tigers must add to the 40-man roster or risk losing heading into 2018. While almost everything in the offseason worth acknowledging happens in settings that are closed to the public eye, that doesn’t dampen wild-eyed speculation and enthusiasm. The majority of this is driven by the possibility of a franchise-altering trade, such as the Chris Sale trade, or the potential of luring a big name free agent with a massive contract, such as the one handed to David Price. The Rule 5 draft, a technicality-laden process that deals only with...
Nov 20, 2017
4 years ago the Tigers traded Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler

4 years ago the Tigers traded Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler

At the time it was unbelievable. I still remember where I was four years ago when news of the Prince Fielder trade broke. I was on a friend’s couch when Twitter suddenly erupted. I was breathless with excitement, shock, and uncertainty. Prince Fielder — whose behemoth contract had seemed impossible to drop — had been traded to the Texas Rangers for their All-Star second baseman, Ian Kinsler. The Tigers sent $30 million to the Rangers along with Fielder, who waived a partial no-trade clause in the deal. In the shuffle, the Tigers suddenly had a quality second baseman, and Miguel...
Nov 20, 2017
Mikie Mahtook should have been Tiger of the Year

Mikie Mahtook should have been Tiger of the Year

Instead, the “Tiger” of the Year was traded to the Angels in August. Former Tiger Justin Upton was the recipient of the annual Tiger of the Year award on Nov. 11. Even though was traded to the Los Angeles Angels at the waiver trade deadline on August 31 for pitching prospect Grayson Long (who spoke to Bless You Boys last week). Since the trade, Upton has even signed a contract extension with his new team. So what are the criteria for the Tiger of the Year voting? We don’t know! Little is written on the recipient selection process, so nobody is really sure whether the award is given...
Nov 20, 2017
The Tigers should protect Spencer Turnbull from the Rule 5 draft

The Tigers should protect Spencer Turnbull from the Rule 5 draft

All MLB teams will finalize their 40-man rosters on Monday. The Detroit Tigers currently have six minor league players among their top 30 prospects who are unprotected from the December 14th Rule Five draft. They also have nine open spots on the 40-man roster with which to protect them all. But of course, that isn’t going to happen. The Tigers will want to leverage their first overall pick to select an unprotected player. Someone will have to be unprotected. Possibly multiple someones. Teams have to finish that decision-making progress today. Names like Mike Gerber, Gregory Soto, Gerson...
Nov 20, 2017
Detroit Tigers News: Tigers continue to talk analytics, sign more minor league 'talent'

Detroit Tigers News: Tigers continue to talk analytics, sign more minor league 'talent'

Get your updates on offseason signings and what the team may be focused on for 2018 Over at MLB.com, Jason Beck has penned the latest entry in the Tigers offseason of analytics, or at least their lip service to it. In this latest addition is an observation on the blending of traditional scouting with the ever-growing analytics department within the Tigers organization. General manager, Al Avila, is careful to say that any decisions that get made won’t be boiled down to an “analytics” or a “scouting” decision, but that there will be an emphasis on both sides of that coin....
Nov 17, 2017
Fanpost Friday: Who was the first Tiger you imitated?

Fanpost Friday: Who was the first Tiger you imitated?

Tell us all about it! This week’s FanPost Friday prompt is this: Which Tigers player did you emulate growing up? Most of us grew up playing some form of baseball. Whether you only played catch on the sandlot or you were an ace pitcher in college, I bet you mirrored a mannerism of a major league player when you were young. Maybe you pretended to talk to the baseball, like Mark Fidrych. Perhaps you knew all the characteristics of a special 1990s Tiger. Or maybe you weren’t a Tigers fan at all, instead wearing your cap backwards like Ken Griffey, Jr. We want to hear about your experience....
Nov 16, 2017
Tigers sign Kevin Comer, Niko Goodrum to minor league deals

Tigers sign Kevin Comer, Niko Goodrum to minor league deals

Comer was a 2011 first-round draft pick of the Blue Jays Tigers general manager Al Avila was busy Thursday afternoon when he signed two players to minor league deals: right-handed reliever Kevin Comer and utility player Niko Goodrum. Comer broke the news of his own signing on Twitter just after 3 p.m. Thursday, and Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reported the signing of Goodrum and confirmed Comer’s signing before 4 p.m. Comer was drafted out of high school in the first round (57th overall) by the Blue Jays in the 2011 amateur draft. Since then he has posted an ERA of 4.28, WHIP of...