1:33 PM EST, Sun December 15, 2019
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Rangers trade for Corey Kluber, per report

Rangers trade for Corey Kluber, per report

Photo by Mark Brown/ Kluber’s long reign over the AL Central (and the Tigers, in particular) appears to be over. For years, Corey Kluber has mercilessly dominated the Detroit Tigers. Though he may still continue to do so, it will not happen as often going forward. According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Texas Rangers are finalizing a deal to acquire Kluber. The Rangers, who were among the finalists for third baseman Anthony Rendon, have been looking to make a splash this winter. They have already dealt outfielder Nomar Mazara to the Chicago White Sox, and will be opening a...
4 hours ago
Don’t take the Austin Romine signing in isolation

Don’t take the Austin Romine signing in isolation

Photo by Cole Burston/ An underwhelming move at catcher is okay if the Tigers actually follow through on their promises elsewhere. Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila didn’t make many promises in his public comments during MLB’s Winter Meetings this week, but his tone was decidedly different from the past two offseasons. According to Avila, the Tigers are done stripping the roster down at this point and prepared to start building something. He and manager Ron Gardenhire are both emphasizing the point that the Tigers intend to put a better team on the field than the woeful units...
21 hours ago
Free agent target: 2B Yolmer Sanchez

Free agent target: 2B Yolmer Sanchez

Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via The Tigers could use a middle infielder who plays plus defense. Sánchez could fill that hole. In a season full of disappointments, one of the more glaring voids on the 2019 Detroit Tigers roster was the lack of a capable everyday second baseman. That role was first handed to Josh Harrison, but injury and poor performance sent the Tigers falling back on their lack of depth. There still isn’t an in-house answer the team can turn to in 2020 and they are unlikely make a big splash on the trade market. This leaves free agency to find a capable player at...
Dec 13, 2019
Links: The Winter Meetings are over

Links: The Winter Meetings are over

Photo by Rich Schultz/ The Tigers signed a catcher, as well as made a few Rule 5 selections during the week. The annual Major League Baseball Winter Meetings have come and gone, and while the Detroit Tigers did not make any significant moves, they did manage to fill one of their more pressing needs behind the plate, as well as picking up a few players during the Rule 5 Draft. None of these guys really moves the needle much for the team, but with the club dwelling at the bottom and needing to fill several holes, it was a decent start. Tigers sign Romine, select Garcia The biggest news of...
Dec 13, 2019
Free agent target: IF Travis Shaw

Free agent target: IF Travis Shaw

Photo by Will Newton/ The slugging corner infielder could do a lot to improve one of the league’s worst lineups. The key challenge for the Detroit Tigers this offseason is finding relatively low-cost help to improve the team without blocking the handful of young players deserving of another look in 2020. Positional flexibility in players they pursue would help assuage those concerns, but one way or another, this team needs real offensive help to meet their stated goal of showing substantial improvement on the field in 2020. Free agent infielder Travis Shaw fits the bill, and Jon Morosi...
Dec 13, 2019
Scouting report: RHP Rony Garcia

Scouting report: RHP Rony Garcia

Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via The Tigers selected Garcia in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday. On Thursday, the Detroit Tigers selected Rony Garcia with the first pick in the Rule 5 draft, their second in the past three years. A 6’3, 200-pound right-handed pitcher from the New York Yankees, Garcia was signed as an international free agent in 2015 and spent most of the 2019 season with the Double-A Trenton Thunder. He met with mixed results; scouts agree that his stuff took a step forward during the 2019 season, but the surface numbers elicit a more blasé reaction. His stint...
Dec 12, 2019
Tigers sign one-year deal with Austin Romine

Tigers sign one-year deal with Austin Romine

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/ Brother of all-nine-positions utility player Andrew Romine, no less! As we mentioned on Wednesday, when speculation arose that the Tigers might be keen on free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos, it seemed clear Detroit was hoping to lock down a veteran free agent catcher before the end of the 2019 Winter Meetings. Now, as reported first by Chris McCosky, they have signed with former Yankees catcher, and free agent, Austin Romine, to a one-year deal. Romine, the 31-year-old brother of former Tiger Andrew Romine, might be best known to Detroit Tigers fans as...
Dec 12, 2019
Tigers select RHP Rony Garcia in Rule 5 draft

Tigers select RHP Rony Garcia in Rule 5 draft

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Yankees’ prospect last pitched at double-A Trenton The Detroit Tigers have selected right-handed pitcher Rony Garcia with the first overall pick in the 2019 Rule 5 draft. Garcia is a righthander from the New York Yankees’ system who spent last season between Advanced-A Tampa, and Double-A Trenton. We will have a full scouting report on Garcia available later, but here are the early details, courtesy of Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic. 6’3 frame 94-95 mph fastball Plus curveball 4.44 ERA in Double-AA last season 8.89 K/9; 3.25...
Dec 11, 2019
The Tigers were interested in Nomar Mazara, but the White Sox got him first

The Tigers were interested in Nomar Mazara, but the White Sox got him first

Photo by Stephen Lam/ More importantly, the Tigers are looking to improve for 2020 and beyond. The Chicago White Sox acquired outfielder Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers early Wednesday morning, in exchange for minor league outfielder Steele Walker. This isn’t the biggest news of the day by a longshot — Gerrit Cole is now a very rich man, if you haven’t heard — and frankly, it’s not even that big of a deal for the White Sox. Chicago had already shelled out big money for Yasmani Grandal this offseason, and were previously in pursuit of both Zack Wheeler and Marcell...
Dec 11, 2019
Tigers showing interest in Robinson Chirinos, per report

Tigers showing interest in Robinson Chirinos, per report

Photo by Elsa/ The catcher most recently appeared in the World Series with the Astros. As the hot stove continues to warm during Winter Meetings (Gerrit Cole signs before February! Didi Gregorius could have been signed for a mere $14MM on a one-year deal!), the Tigers have yet to make any moves. Al Avila has had a lot to say, but so far there has been no action. If a recent report from Jon Morosi is to be believed (and there’s no reason not to trust Morosi), they might very well be ready to make a move on their most-needed position, that of catcher. It appears that the Tigers, who...
Dec 11, 2019
Free agent target: OF Domingo Santana

Free agent target: OF Domingo Santana

Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/ The Tigers have a lot of outfielders, but few legit bats to lean on. The Detroit Tigers have themselves in an odd position in terms of their outfield as they consider how to improve the club on the cheap this offseason. They have a whole host of relatively young outfielders between the Tigers roster and Triple-A Toledo, but few have much of a pedigree, and of those who have seen major league time, not a single one has impressed enough to promise much in the future. Some, like Christin Stewart, deserve more time, but the Tigers cannot pass up...
Dec 10, 2019
Rumor: The Astros ‘have considered’ trading Carlos Correa

Rumor: The Astros ‘have considered’ trading Carlos Correa

Photo by Elsa/ A potential Correa trade is fun to think about considering the Tigers’ history in this department. As their payroll buts up against the salary cap luxury tax threshold, the Houston Astros are exploring all options to needlessly save themselves money. This includes trading Carlos Correa — yes, that Carlos Correa — according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Correa needs no explanation, but we will quickly run through the details. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft, and lived up to the hype immediately, winning the 2015 AL Rookie of the...
Dec 10, 2019
10 pitchers the Tigers could target in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft

10 pitchers the Tigers could target in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft

Righty Ljay Newsome was a force to be reconed with in the Mariners’ farm in 2019. | Sabrina Barr There is plenty of cheap pitching depth to be had in this crop of players. While the number of pitching prospects who can make meaningful contributions for the Detroit Tigers in 2020 is up for debate, there’s no question that it will be the year the organization begins to collect returns on its rebuild. The majority of the 2019 Erie SeaWolves rotation that rocked the Eastern League last season will attempt the same trick in Toledo with their eyes on a mid-season callup. However, the...
Dec 10, 2019
Links: Fare ye well, Ronny Rodriguez

Links: Fare ye well, Ronny Rodriguez

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ The Tigers’ utility man was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers. The Milwaukee Brewers organization is the proud new parent (club) of utility infielder Ronny Rodriguez, as it was announced on Monday that he was claimed off waivers by the Brew Crew. Also leaving the organization via a waiver claim is Marcos Diplan — a former Brewers prospect who the Tigers had claimed off waivers earlier in the offseason. Diplan will be headed to the Baltimore Orioles. These moves feel more significant than they probably should; Rodriguez played only 142 games with...
Dec 9, 2019
10 hitters the Tigers could target in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft

10 hitters the Tigers could target in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft

Catcher Brett Cumberland could draw the attention of the offensively-starved Tigers in the Rule 5 Draft. | Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via If you squint, you might see a major leaguer or two. The Detroit Tigers desperately need bats who can contribute in 2020 (and beyond). Their offense was the worst in the majors last season by multiple metrics and it often felt like the team had hit rock bottom despite bright performances on the mound from Matthew Boyd, Spencer Turnbull, and Shane Greene. There aren’t many in-house reinforcements coming down the pipe on the offensive side...