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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Disappointments — AL Starting Pitchers

Justin VerlanderSource: Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America Pitching in fantasy baseball is an interesting dichotomy. On the one hand, pitching has never been more dominant at any time in fantasy baseball. Sure, they played some Stratomatic back in the 1960s, but fantasy baseball has only been popular in the internet age. In the internet age, hitting has always been king. That...
Via The Fantasy Fix
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Team Preview: Detroit Tigers by Nick Shlain

Victor Martinez is back, Miguel Cabrera is still there, and those are two reasons why you shouldn`t sleep on the fantasy options in Motown.
Via Baseball Prospectus
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014: The 5th Inning (13-5)

The boys are back in town. And the name of the place is “I Like It Like That.” So the Detroit Tigers are now: SP Verlander SP Scherzer SP Sanchez SP Porcello SP Smyly RP Nathan RP Alburquerque RP Chamberlain RP Coke RP Hardy RP Smith RP McCoy C Avila C Holaday 1B-DH Cabrera 2B Kinsler SS-2B Romine SS Suarez 3B Castellanos IF-OF Kelly RF Hunter CF Jackson LF-CF Davis LF-RF J....
Via Tigers Weblog
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers rumors: Francisco Rodriguez edition

If you are getting tired of reading articles about the Detroit Tigers adding pieces to their bullpen, you may want to look over the games they played last year and see why improving their bullpen has to be priority number one. The Tigers arguably had the worst bullpen in the league last year and it cost them a chance to go deep into the playoffs and bring home a World Series title...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A: Kevin Ziomek, Detroit Tigers Pitching Prospect (and the Next Drew Smyly?)

Kevin Ziomek carved up Midwest League hitters in his first full professional season. In 123 innings at West Michigan, the 22-year-old left-hander logged a 2.27 ERA and an 11.1 K/9. His top-flight numbers notwithstanding, he created surprisingly little buzz. The Detroit Tigers took Ziomek in the second round of the 2013 draft out of Vanderbilt […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Add Nesbitt and Machado, Claim Zeid From Houston

Additions to the 40-Man: The Tigers announced several roster moves today. They added minor leaguers Angel Nesbitt and Dixon Machado to the 40 man roster to protect them from the MLB’s Rule 5 Draft which takes place on December 11th. The deadline to protect players from this draft is at midnight tonight, November 20th. Dixon Machado as a member of AA Erie in 2014. Machado, whom...
Via The Majors Detroit
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting a Max Scherzer Contract

I figure it makes sense to perform the same calculations I did for Jon Lester for Max Scherzer. I think the chance he signs with the Cubs is a lot lower than Jon Lester, but it’s theoretically possible. Basically, we only need to calculate a starting WAR, and I’ll be using a depreciation schedule of Year(N+1) = Year(N) * .85. Scherzer is projected by Steamer to reach 3.7 WAR...
Via Obstructed View
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Q&A: Dave Owen, Detroit Tigers’ Director of Player Development

As Detroit’s director of player development, Dave Owen is in charge of a farm system seemingly short on sure-thing talent. The team’s top prospect (according Baseball America), Devon Travis, was traded to Toronto for Anthony Gose. The No. 2 prospect, Steven Moya, struck out 161 times in Double-A. No. 3, Buck Farmer, had an 11.57 […]
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Cabrera tweets post-foot surgery photos

Twitter For what seemed like much of last season, Miguel Cabrera played with a bum wheel.  On October 22nd (pictured above), he underwent surgery to repair a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his right foot.  On Tuesday, he tweeted post-surgery photos. Cabrera’s tweet loosely reads, “Thank God for giving me the strength to play with a fractured foot.”  There...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees reportedly considering talks with Max Scherzer

After showing little interest in any high-priced player this offseason, the Yankees sound like they may be reconsidering their reported plan to avoid spending a lot of money and go after one of baseball's top free-agents — namely right-hander Max Scherzer.The Tigers' workhorse is arguably the top starter on the market this year, on a list which also includes Jon Lester...
Via The Other Paper
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer an option for the Yankees?

The New York Yankees were expected to be quiet this winter, but there’s at least one big-name free agent they could be eyeing. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Monday night that the Yankees have made “brief contact” with agent Scott Boras about free-agent starting pitcher Max Scherzer. According to the report, the Yankees might “revisit” their earlier plans to lay low...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Detroit Tigers love Alex Avila, maybe you should too

Detroit Tigers fans far and wide seem completely fed up with Alex Avila. The Detroit Tigers themselves are not. They have signed off on his option year, which will keep Avila in Motown for the 2015 season at the price of $5.4M. Clearly Avila is not the player that took the American League by storm in 2011. That year, after a so-so rookie campaign, he hit .295 with 33 doubles, 19...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kate Upton and Justin Verlander learn to swing (PHOTOS)

Yup. That was Kate Upton and boyfriend Justin Verlander flying through air with the greatest of ease Saturday afternoon. The supermodel and Tigers pitcher took a class at the New York Trapeze School in Queens and posted photos of themselves on Instagram flying through the air as they learned to swing, reports Page Six of the N.Y. Post. Kate later posted, “I learned @justinverlander...
Via The Other Paper
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter probably won’t be returning to Detroit in 2015

The Detroit Tigers will more than likely have a new every day right fielder in 2015. GM Dave Dombrowski told Hunter that after the signing of Victor Martinez earlier this week, he wouldn’t be retained. From the Detroit Free Press… “I called and said it just didn’t look like it was going to fit the way the club was getting put together,” Dombrowski said. “Thanked him for...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: What Martinez signing means

On Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers made headlines when they were able to re-sign designated hitter Victor Martinez to a four-year deal. At 35-years-old, Martinez is the fourth player to receive a huge contract from the Tigers as he will be making $68 million over the next four years. Along with players Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, and Miguel Cabrera, all the money spent on these...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers Injury Update: Re-signed Joel Hanrahan should be ready for spring training

The Detroit Tigers have much to look forward to for the 2015 season following a 90-win season and an appearance in the ALDS. At second in the Major Leagues in runs scored, the Tigers should be set at the plate next season. The area of improvement is with the pitching staff that ranked 24th in ERA. One pitcher who the Tigers hope can contribute is Joel Hanrahan, who is recovering...
Via Sports Injury Alert
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers’ Dave Dombrowski on Hunter: ‘I don’t think we’ll re-sign Torii’

Torii Hunter has received a ton of positive attention from about seven teams in the Major League Baseball, including the Kansas City Royals and Minnesota Twins. However, he has received negative attention from the Detroit Tigers.“I don’t think we’ll re-sign Torii,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Jason Beck of “I called him today and let him know that...
Via On-Base Talk
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tigers of the future aren’t totally screwed

The Detroit Tigers are in an unusual position. There’s nothing unusual about a team trying to win now, but there’s something unusual about the Tigers’ particular sense of urgency. We can acknowledge it has something to do with Mike Ilitch, and his age, and that’s a little weird to talk about, but it’s out there. […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

TDSS Roundtable: What’s Next With Victor Martinez Back in the Fold?

The Detroit Tigers made a critical move Wednesday, locking up DH Victor Martinez to a four-year deal, thereby keeping their cleanup hitter in the lineup. Where else should Dave Dombrowski be looking to upgrade as the offseason swings into full gear? That’s part of our latest Roundtable discussion: 1. Victor’s back. Are you okay with the Tigers giving him a fourth-year and probably...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Victor Martinez Re-Signs With Detroit

On the heels of the best year of his career, Victor Martinez has cashed in and will be staying put in Detroit, agreeing to a four-year, $68 million contract with the Tigers on Wednesday, pending a physical per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Perhaps the most coveted offensive player on the free-agent market, Martinez had an incredible 2014, hitting .335/.409/.565 with 32 homers, putting...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Tigers close to retaining Victor Martinez

Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez has been a big name around the hot stove during the early part of the offseason. It now appears that the veteran, who led the club with a .335 average this past season, will remain with the Tigers on a four-year contract. Sources: #Tigers close to re-signing Victor Martinez to four-year deal. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal)...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Heyman: Tigers are the favorites for V-Mart

Could a V-Mart re-signing instantly make the Tigers winners this offseason? Brining back baseball’s best designated hitter to back up Miguel Cabrera in the line up you’d definitely think so but what is the Tigers’ mindset when it comes to bringing back Martinez? According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports it would appear that Detroit are the frontrunners to re-up V-Mart this offseason...
Via The Majors Detroit
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Wynton Bernard: The Next Tigers Surprise?

Last year, Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski made what seemed like a depth move at the end of Spring Training by signing outfielder J.D. Martinez.  Turns out, Martinez ended up starting the year off with 10 homers in AAA before April was even over, and broke out with the Tigers, hitting 23 homers and hitting over .300.  In the minors, the Tigers had an even crazier story.  That story...
Via On-Base Talk
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Heyman: Seven teams interested in Torii Hunter

The 39-year old Torii Hunter is still garnering plenty of interest around the MLB. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, seven teams including the Twins, Royals and Tigers remain interested in Hunter who just finished a two-year contract with Detroit this past year: at least 7 teams showing interest in torii hunter. 18-yr AL vet drawing interest from twins, royals, others. — Jon...
Via The Majors Detroit
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Torii Hunter appears in radio ad opposing gay marriage

No matter where you stand on some of the social issues that define the United States today, the right to an opinion and belief is paramount in an open society. But this is somewhat limited, at least according to some, when it comes to professional athletes. Should they engage in conversations about politics and religion? And how does their active participation in some of the most...
Via Sportsnaut
25 days ago  |  Discuss

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