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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 5, 2017
Early ZiPS projections predict Tigers will not finish in last place

Early ZiPS projections predict Tigers will not finish in last place

We’re not last! We’re not last! We’re a long way away from Opening Day 2018 — 144 days, to be exact — but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start getting excited about the upcoming season. The Detroit Tigers won’t be any good, but even bad baseball is miles better than no baseball. Various projection systems will come out as we get closer to the season, and other pundits will eventually offer their predictions for the upcoming year. Baseball analyst Dan Szymborski, creator and proprietor of the ZiPS projection system, gets to work earlier than others. He released his first...
Nov 4, 2017
Tigers Prospect Notebook: Adam Ravenelle removed from Arizona Fall League roster

Tigers Prospect Notebook: Adam Ravenelle removed from Arizona Fall League roster

Reports suggested Ravenelle is not injured, but radar gun readings say otherwise. It’s not often that you see a player removed from an Arizona Fall League roster. However, that happened earlier this week when Detroit Tigers pitching prospect Adam Ravenelle was taken off the Mesa Solar Sox roster after five subpar appearances. The Tigers have given Ravenelle plenty of chances to prove himself. Selected out of Vanderbilt in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB draft, Ravenelle has gone to the Arizona Fall League in each of the past three seasons. He understandably struggled in 2015, having only...
Nov 4, 2017
The Bless You Boys free agent prediction thread

The Bless You Boys free agent prediction thread

Where will J.D. Martinez (and others) end up? Nearly 150 MLB players became free agents this week, including Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez. Our friends at MLB Trade Rumors have already released the longest article ever a list of their top 50 free agents, complete with predictions on where those players will end up. While Sanchez is not listed among that group, familiar faces like J.D. Martinez and Alex Avila are included. Former Tigers Cameron Maybin, Curtis Granderson, and Fernando Rodney are also mentioned, along with all the other big names on the open market this winter. If the...
Nov 3, 2017
Tigers place Bryan Holaday, 3 others on outright waivers

Tigers place Bryan Holaday, 3 others on outright waivers

Detroit also reinstated Victor Martinez from the 60-day disabled list. The Detroit Tigers continued their early offseason roster purge on Friday, placing four more players on outright waivers. Those four were catcher Bryan Holaday, first baseman Efren Navarro, and pitchers Myles Jaye and Kyle Ryan, all of whom finished the 2017 season on the Tigers’ active roster. This makes eight players that the Tigers have outrighted in the past two days. On Thursday, they placed pitcher Jeff Ferrell and outfielders Jim Adduci, Tyler Collins, and Alex Presley on outright waivers to clear roster...
Nov 3, 2017
5 things we learned from the Tigers’ recent roster moves

5 things we learned from the Tigers’ recent roster moves

The Tigers made a flurry of moves on Thursday. Here’s what they mean. Ever since he was promoted to his current role in 2015, Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila has not wasted any time conducting his offseason business. He traded for Francisco Rodriguez and Cameron Maybin, and signed Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year deal before the MLB Winter Meetings kicked off in 2015. He then traded Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels on the first day of the 2016 offseason. Avila continued that trend on Thursday, clearing eight players off the team’s 40-man roster. Utility man Andrew Romine was...
Nov 2, 2017
What do you want to see from Bless You Boys this offseason?

What do you want to see from Bless You Boys this offseason?

The winter is long and the Tigers are bad, so let’s talk about some other stuff! Let’s face it: the Detroit Tigers stink. Sure, they have done well to restock their farm system over the past year. Their rebuild is on the right track so far, and they cleared a boatload of payroll in the trades they executed during the 2017 season. But right now? They’re bad. Worse yet, they’re bad and they won’t be doing much to get better. General manager Al Avila won’t be going after any big ticket free agents this offseason, and he no longer has an owner willing to go over his head to sign...
Nov 2, 2017
2017 MLB offseason outlook: The Tigers need to get worse before they get better

2017 MLB offseason outlook: The Tigers need to get worse before they get better

This is going to be a terribly un-sexy offseason for the Tigers. Based purely on record, the Detroit Tigers roster that finished the 2017 season would be a historically bad team. They won just six of their final 30 games after trading Justin Verlander and Justin Upton, a .200 winning percentage. Extrapolated over a 162-game season, that would leave the team with just 33 wins. This would easily be the worst record in MLB history. And if everything goes well this offseason, the 2018 Tigers should be even worse. This doesn’t mean they will be historically bad next season. It took a special...
Oct 22, 2017
Get your ‘I literally love Justin Verlander’ t-shirt from BreakingT!

Get your ‘I literally love Justin Verlander’ t-shirt from BreakingT!

We love Verlander, and we’re sure you will love this shirt from BreakingT. When Jose Altuve looked into the camera and whispered sweet nothings to Justin Verlander, the internet listened. This includes our friends over at BreakingT, who decided to immortalize Altuve’s poetic words on their latest t-shirt. WANT ONE? GET IT HERE! Now sure, this shirt may technically be celebrating Verlander’s postseason success with the Houston Astros and not our beloved Detroit Tigers, but who cares? The two teams share the same colors — coincidence? I think not! — and we loved...
Oct 22, 2017
New York Mets hire Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as manager, per report

New York Mets hire Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as manager, per report

Callaway was in charge of one of the best pitching staffs of all-time in Cleveland. We have a hard time quantifying the impact that managers and coaches have on a Major League Baseball team, but this sure seems like a good thing for the Detroit Tigers. The New York Mets will hire Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as their new manager, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Callaway will take over for retiring skipper Terry Collins, who spent the last seven seasons in New York. At just 42 years old, Callaway instantly becomes one of the youngest managers in baseball....
Oct 21, 2017
Astros 4, Yankees 0: Justin Verlander is going back to the World Series

Astros 4, Yankees 0: Justin Verlander is going back to the World Series

The Astros downed the Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS. In a postseason dominated by strong bullpens, starting pitching has made all the difference. After Justin Verlander staved off elimination with another dominant performance on Friday night — earning himself American League Championship Series MVP honors in the process — Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined to blank the New York Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of the ALCS. Morton’s performance could not have gone any different from his start at Yankee Stadium in Game 3. He gave up just one hit in his first four innings of work, racking...

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