2:45 AM EST, Fri November 24, 2017
Larry Brown Sports

Mets, Tigers reportedly have talked Ian Kinsler trade

The Detroit Tigers are looking to trade Ian Kinsler this offseason, and apparently they have had some talks already. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers have talked about a Kinsler trade with the New York Mets. Sources: #Mets, #Tigers have had preliminary discussions on an Ian Kinsler trade. @MLBNetwork @MLB — Jon Morosi...Read More

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers sign 1st baseman Edwin Espinal to minor-league deal

Espinal is at least the fourth player the Tigers have signed since the minor-league free agent period began. Espinal (MILB photo)  Former Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Edwin Espinal has signed a minor-league contract with the Detroit Tigers.  Espinal, 23, signed with the Pirates out of the Dominican Republic in 2011. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound right-hander plays first and third base. He elected free agency after posting the best offensive season of his career. He hit .283 with 15 home runs and 25 doubles in 95 games at Double-A Altoona. He's currently playing in...

Grand Rapids Press

No. 1 rule in Tigers' front office: No turf battles between scouting, analytics

We made a promise as an organization that were not going to get into, This guys an analytics signing, that guys a scouting signing, Tigers general manager Al Avila said. ORLANDO, Fla. -- When the Detroit Tigers signed minor-league free agent Mark Montgomery earlier this week, was that decision driven by in-person scouting or analytics? What about Kevin Comer and Niko Goodrum? Did one of them catch a scout's eye? Did the other stand out based on a proprietary algorithm that predicts future performance? Put another way, who gets credit (or blame, if things go...

Grand Rapids Press

Former Tigers pitcher faces 50-game suspension for failed drug test

Angel Nesbitt tested positive for Heptaminol, according to a release from Major League Baseball. Pitcher Angel Nesbitt, who became a free agent earlier this month after spending eight years in the Detroit Tigers system, has tested positive for a banned stimulant and faces a 50-game suspension when he signs with a new club. Nesbitt tested positive for Heptaminol, according to a release from Major League Baseball. The stimulant is a vasoconstrictor used to treat low blood pressure; it's also used in some over-the-counter hemorrhoid medications.  Nesbitt, who...

Grand Rapids Press

15 Tigers most and least likely to be traded this winter

Infielders Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias will be mentioned most frequently in trade talks because theyre in the final year of their contract and will be relatively expensive (for a rebuilding club). But the Tigers will be willing to listen to offers for just about anybody

Grand Rapids Press

J.D. Martinez reportedly wants $210 million deal as free agent

Martinez finished 2017 with 45 home runs while playing for Detroit and Arizona. J.D. Martinez is swinging for the fences in free agency, too. The former Detroit Tigers outfielder has Scott Boras as his agent now, and that means hefty demands from the guy who finished with a career-high 45 home runs last season. How much? Try $30 million per season, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The J.D. Martinez asking price to teams at GM Meetings:Seven years, $210 million— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 15, 2017 The Tigers traded Martinez to the...

Red Reporter

Billy Hamilton Trade Rumors: San Francisco Giants interested in Cincinnati’s CF

The Giants need OF defense in the worst of ways. The San Francisco Giants are fresh off one of the more disappointing seasons in recent memory, and I’m saying that as a daily, recalcitrant fan of the Cincinnati Reds. The Giants have claimed a trio of World Series titles within the last eight seasons and have a payroll pushing a jillion bucks, yet finished with a record that tied the Detroit Tigers for the worst in all of baseball in 2017. One of the single most glaring problems they faced in 2017? Outfield defense, specifically with Denard Span being tasked with manning CF with their...

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers GM Al Avila says he's fielding calls for trade talk

Right now its just in conversation. There are teams that have needs and they look at free agency and trades, and were just one team that theyre looking at. ORLANDO, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila said he's already "exchanged several phone calls" with other general managers about potential trades. And that was before he arrived here at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for this week's General Managers' Meetings.  A hot topic of conversation? Second baseman Ian Kinsler. Avila didn't suggest that any deal was imminent. "I'll take it slow and not rush...

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers sign Mark Montgomery to minor-league deal

General manager Al Avila said there are other minor-league signings in progress that hes not yet ready to announce. Montgomery (MILB photo)  ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers have signed right-handed pitcher Mark Montgomery, the first of many minor-league free agents the team is likely to pursue this season. Montgomery, 27, spent six years in the New York Yankees organization before signing with the St. Louis Cardinals last April.  He's 22-11 with a 2.35 ERA in 352 career innings, all in the minors. Last year for Triple-A Memphis, Montgomery went 5-1 with a...

Grand Rapids Press

With trade out of question, Miguel Cabrera at career crossroads in 2018

Many feared that David Ortizs career was on the fritz after a rough 2009 season. Ortiz played seven more seasons for the Red Sox, getting 1,014 hits, including 224 home runs and posting an OPS of .945. A year ago, the idea sounded plausible.  Today, it sounds fanciful. Last November, an MLB.com report suggested the Houston Astros might target Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. It didn't happen, of course. Instead, the Astros pulled off what might go down as the most important August trade in baseball history when they nabbed Tigers ace Justin...

Grand Rapids Press

572 minor-league free agents have hit the market (including 19 Tigers)

The Tigers will need to shop for some veterans to fill out the rosters in Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo. The Detroit Tigers won't be in on the Major League free agent market for at least another month or two, when bargains start emerging and fringe players start considering minor-league deals. But the front office is likely already taking a look at the current crop of minor-league free agents.  There are 572 of them, according to Baseball America, which was provided a list by Major League Baseball.  The Tigers have 19 players on the list. (That doesn't...

Grand Rapids Press

Tigers eligible for minor-league free agency: Steven Moya, Tyler Collins head list

On Monday at 5 p.m., more than two dozen players in the top three levels of the Tigers system are eligible to become minor-league free agents. The Detroit Tigers had only one Major League free agent on their roster, and they figure to sign few, if any, this winter. But the Tigers will be much more active on the minor-league free agent market, seeking to bolster their depth in Triple-A Toledo and hoping to find a few surprises for the big-league club. "Hopefully we can find a diamond in the rough or lightning in the bottle and guys that can give us the depth...

Grand Rapids Press

More Tigers cuts: 4 players waived, sent outright to minor leagues

The Tigers also reinstated designated Victor Martinez from the 60-day disabled list. The Detroit Tigers continued paring their 40-man roster on Friday, sending four more players to the minor leagues. Right-handed pitcher Myles Jaye, left-hander Kyle Ryan, catcher Bryan Holaday and first baseman Efren Navarro cleared waivers and were sent outright to Triple-A Toledo. Navarro and Holaday have the right to declare free agency. Jaye and Ryan are expected to remain in the organization.  The Tigers waived five players earlier this week. Outfielders Alex Presley, Jim...

Grand Rapids Press

149 players (including 1 Tiger) became free agents today

After a five-day quiet period, they can sign with a new club beginning on Tuesday. As of 9 a.m. on Thursday, 149 Major League players were declared free agents. After a five-day quiet period, they can sign with a new club beginning on Tuesday. That won't be an issue for the Detroit Tigers, who have only free agent (Anibal Sanchez) and won't be active on the market until at least December, when bargains start to emerge. Only the Oakland Athletics have fewer free agents than the Tigers, who declined to exercise the option on Sanchez's contract after the...

Grand Rapids Press

Justin Upton staying with Angels after new $106 million contract

Upton could have opted out to become a free agent. Justin Upton didn't need to test the free agent market. He already felt at home. Upton, traded by the Detroit Tigers this summer, has agreed to a new five-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Upton played 27 games for the Angels after being dealt, putting the final touches on a career-best season at the plate. He had four years and $88 million left on his old contract, including an opt-out clause for this offseason. So Upton traded that in for a new five-year, $106 million deal. And it comes with a full...

Washington Times

Gallardo and Iwakuma options declined by Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) - The Mariners have declined 2018 options on right-handed pitchers Hisashi Iwakuma and Yovani Gallardo, making both eligible for free agency. Seattle also claimed utilityman Andrew Romine off waivers from Detroit on Thursday. Romine appeared in 124 games last season for the Tigers. Most of his time was ...