2017 will probably be J.D. Martinez’s last season with the Tigers

As Chris Ilitch begins his quest to strip down the Tigers and sell them it out for parts, Al Avila spoke to the media today indicating he’s willing to be Darth Vader to Chris Ilitch’s Emperor Palpatine. To elaborate, the Tigers general manager re-confirmed the notion that the Tigers will look to get younger this offseason which is code for slashing payroll. So who’ll likely...
Via The Majors Detroit
4 hours ago

Avila, Tigers keeping 'window' of contention open

From the February 2004 press conference introducing free-agent signing Ivan Rodriguez, beginning the build-up from the AL Central cellar to the World Series, the Tigers have never put a date on their window of contention.
Via Tigers.com
6 hours ago

Tigers Unlikely To Pursue Extension With J.D. Martinez

GM Al Avila made headlines earlier this week when he stated that changes were on the horizon for a Tigers team that “has been working way above its means for some time,” thereby implying that payroll needs to decrease, and he also added that the Detroit roster needs to get younger. While that doesn’t mean the Tigers will ship off cornerstones Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
12 hours ago

Al Avila faced with task of slashing Detroit’s $200 million payroll

The Detroit Tigers aren’t rebuilding. Just ask general manager Al Avila, who held his annual end-of-season meeting with the Detroit media Tuesday afternoon. He insisted that the team hasn’t closed the window on its drive for a World Series title, and that the Tigers hope to be in the playoffs in 2017. Everything else he said contradicted that. Avila made it clear that the Tigers...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

Tigers going in 'younger, leaner' direction

Changes are coming to the Tigers. Taken in itself, that statement Tuesday from general manager Al Avila isn't new. It's the way the Tigers are approaching change that is dramatically different.
Via Tigers.com
2 days ago

How the Detroit Tigers get younger

Well, well, well. Another General Manager says his team wants to get younger and faster… I’ll believe it when I see it. Al Avila, the Detroit Tigers General Manager said today at a press conference: Where the changes are coming and when, I can’t tell you at this point, but we need to get younger. We need to get leaner. We need to run our organization without going over our...
Via The Majors Detroit
2 days ago

Al Avila promises Tigers will ‘get younger, leaner’ during offseason

During his end-of-year press conference, the Tigers’ GM hinted that big changes may be on the horizon. Three months ago, a vocal minority of Tigers fans hoped that the team would sell at the non-waiver trade deadline to kick-start a rebuild that would usher in the next winning era of winning baseball in Detroit. If general manager Al Avila is to be believed, that reality might...
Via Bless You Boys
2 days ago

Tigers GM Avila says payroll won’t go up, team wants to get younger

The Detroit Tigers have been known to be one of the biggest free-spenders in all of baseball. Team general manager Al Avila said he hasn’t conformed what his budget for next year’s payroll will be, but he did say it will not go up according to MLB.com Tigers reporter Jason Beck. Avila also said in the same media session that the Tigers “want to get younger” and hope to start running...
Via Today's Knuckleball
2 days ago

The Tigers' infield was a major strength in 2016

The infield was a source of strength for the Tigers in 2016, with multiple players seeing a huge jump in production over last season. The Detroit Tigers came into 2016 with an infield mostly set in stone. Instead of well-polished marble, it was more sandstone, with many question marks around the horn. Miguel Cabrera was coming of back-to-back injury-plagued seasons which robbed him...
Via Bless You Boys
2 days ago

Tigers facing decision with Maybin

The disappointment of a season's end was still hitting Cameron Maybin two weeks ago when the question of whether the center fielder would like to return to the Tigers came up. He didn't hesitate.
Via Tigers.com
3 days ago

Tigers' Mike Pelfrey was an average 5th starter in 2016

While his numbers weren't great, Pelfrey compares favorably with other No. 5 starters in the AL. Of all the roster moves that Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila made during the 2015-16 offseason, none has been more controversial than signing free agent starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey to a two year, $16 million contract. Pelfrey made 22 starts for Detroit in 2016, posting a record...
Via Bless You Boys
3 days ago

Three players the Detroit Tigers could trade this offseason

The Detroit Tigers didn’t live up to their hype this season as they finished with an 86-75 record, missing the postseason for a second straight season. The team isn’t getting younger with all of the veterans they have, so the Tigers might have to make some deals in the offseason to get younger. Detroit has three or four guys they could potentially trade. One of those guys is...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Verlander issues apology for ‘All Lives Matter’ tweet

Justin Verlander has apologized for a tweet in which he claims to have unwittingly stepped into a controversial political quagmire. The Detroit Tigers pitcher took to Twitter to make note of how the members of the TBS studio crew sang “O Canada” following the Toronto Blue Jays’ series-clinching Game 3 victory over the Texas Rangers. They're singing 'O Canada' on TBS pic...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Wally Joyner won't return as Tigers hitting coach

DETROIT (AP) -- Tigers hitting coach Wally Joyner is not returning in 2017. The Tigers say Joyner is leaving to pursue other opportunities in baseball, and that assistant hitting coach David Newhan's status for next year will be determined once Detroit has hired a new hitting coach. Bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, third base coach Dave Clark, pitching coach Rich Dubee, bench coach...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Joyner won't return as Detroit Tigers' hitting coach

DETROIT (AP) Tigers hitting coach Wally Joyner is not returning in 2017. The Tigers say Joyner is leaving to pursue other opportunities in baseball, and that assistant hitting coach David Newhan's status for next year will be determined once Detroit has hired a new hitting coach. Bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, third base coach Dave Clark, pitching coach Rich Dubee, bench coach...
Via Associated Press
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Were the Detroit Tigers right in keeping manager Brad Ausmus for the 2017 season?

Another year, another Ausmus. The Detroit Tigers have decided to keep him for a fourth year after the team failed to make the postseason for the second straight year. You might be wondering why Al Avila chose to keep Ausmus, but you are not alone. I find myself wondering what what going through Avila’s head when he decided “hey we should keep this guy”. I was even kinda wondering...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers pick up club option on manager Brad Ausmus

Despite a second consecutive failure to qualify for the postseason, the Detroit Tigers will not be making a managerial change. The Tigers announced on Wednesday that they have exercised the 2017 club option on manager Brad Ausmus’ contract. Ausmus was hired in November 2013 after Jim Leyland’s retirement and has steered the club to a 250-234 (.517) record in his three seasons...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Five offseason moves to make

With the MLB Playoffs beginning Tuesday night, the Detroit Tigers find themselves on the outside looking in for the second consecutive year. When the 2016 season ended, plans for 2017 begin to take place, and Mike Illitch, Al Avila, and the rest of the Detroit Tigers brain trust need to take a serious look at their roster if they hope to play deep into October in 2017. So, let...
Via isportsweb.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Detroit Tigers

Playing in a division that was predicted to be all Indians and Royals prior to the season and was ordained the White Sox in May, the Tigers postseason hopes lasted until the final day of the season while Chicago and Kansas City faded much earlier. Even so, the Tigers have to be concerned that their window for a World Series title may be passing by. After four straight playoff appearances...
Via The Comeback
17 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Sanchez, Verlander, and Playoff Implications

This is it! We’ve made it to the final full day of the MLB regular season. We’ve got a pretty solid pitching slate in store for you as well, including a fun duel with playoff implications up top. Check ’em out! Aaron Sanchez (TOR) versus LHP David Price (BOS) 3:05 p.m. ET, TBS There may have been some (note: just a little) question about how Sanchez had pitched in the second...
Via The Sports Post
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Norris, Justin Verlander, and the Tiger Slider

Don’t ask Justin Verlander if his new harder slider is a cutter, apparently. “Verlander is steadfast on this — he’s not throwing a cutter. It’s a slider,” is how Chris McCosky characterized the ace’s opinion on the changing pitch. The difference between a cutter and a slider is difficult to really nail down — and is most easily represented as existing on a spectrum...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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