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Friday, November 10, 2017

Detroit News: Gardenhire’s Unenviable Situation

Chance will play a big role for as long as the roots are not severed, all is well.

So where does that leave manager Ron Gardenhire and his newly-assembled staff? Is he going to play the role of former Astros manager Bo Porter? The guy who takes all the requisite lumps and losses, and then gets brushed aside when the club is ready to compete?

Guaranteed that is not how he views it. He said as much at his introductory press conference.

 

fra paolo Posted: November 10, 2017 at 11:24 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: rebuilding, tigers

Friday, October 20, 2017

Heyman | Tigers To Hire Ron Gardenhire

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to hire Ron Gardenhire to fill their vacant manager position, a source tells FanRag Sports. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report the news.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2017 at 09:49 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: managers, ron gardenhire, tigers

Monday, October 16, 2017

Perrotto: Managerial Rumors and Rumblings

Gossip covers the following—

Phillies: Mickey Callaway, Gary DiSarcina, Juan Samuel
Tigers: Fredi Gonzalez, Gabe Kapler
Mets: Robin Ventura, Mickey Callaway, Alex Cora, Bob Geren

fra paolo Posted: October 16, 2017 at 01:29 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, mets, phillies, tigers

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Heyman | Ruben Amaro On Tigers Radar For Manager Opening

Amaro is an interesting candidate.

Others in the mix in Detroit include Mike Redmond, Fredi Gonzalez, Hensley Meulens, Joe McEwing and a trio of in-house candidates: Lloyd McClendon, Dave Clark and Omar Vizquel.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2017 at 06:01 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Sunday, October 01, 2017

2018 MLB Draft order set, Tigers pick first | MLB.com

If you are going to be bad, you might as well be the worst.

The Tigers have selected No. 2 overall three times. In 2004, they got Justin Verlander with the second pick; in 1990, that selection netted them Tony Clark; and in 1976, they took southpaw Pat Underwood, who went 13-18 with a 4.43 ERA in four big league seasons, all with the Tigers.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2017 at 10:12 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, tigers

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Detroit Tigers should at least talk to Ozzie Guillen about manager job

Well, there’s a thought.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 30, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: manager, tigers

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How rapidly shrinking Detroit Tigers payroll could speed rebuild | MLive.com

Shrinking payroll and victory total.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 26, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Saturday, September 23, 2017

How the Astros’ trade for Justin Verlander came together | SI.com

If you are interested in trade discussions, this is a must read.

“The reality is that any economic modeling that includes projections is not going to like a deadline deal, where you’re trading what could be an enormous amount of future value for a decent amount of present value,” says Luhnow. “The math does not support these types of deals. It’s a matter of using your best judgment.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, justin verlander, tigers

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Brad Ausmus’ tirade about ‘negativity’ a bad response to reasonable question | MLive.com

Ausmus should stay off Twitter.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, tigers

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Elbow surgery will sideline Tigers’ Michael Fulmer for rest of the 2017 season

Ulnar nerve transposition surgery means doctors will move a nerve to a spot in Fulmer’s elbow were it is less likely to be irritated. Fulmer has had issues with numbness and tingling in his fingers on and off all season. There is no structural damage in the elbow.

The 3-4 month recovery indicates Fulmer will be ready for spring, though with the Tigers rebuilding, it stands to reason they will be cautious with their prized young arm. The surgery and recovery will undoubtedly change his offseason workout routine to come degree, so Detroit could take is slow with Fulmer in camp and early in the regular season.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 14, 2017 at 01:48 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow surgery, injury, michael fulmer, tigers

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Indians rout Tigers, winning streak hits 19 | MLB.com

The Indians keep winning.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 12, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, tigers

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Season over: Victor Martinez to have cardiac ablation procedure

Detroit – The season is over for designated hitter Victor Martinez, but not his baseball career.

The Tigers announced Saturday that Martinez, on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat, will undergo cardiac ablation surgery.
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Cardiac ablation is a common procedure to correct heart arrhythmia. Indians manager Terry Francona had the procedure done before the All-Star break. He returned to manage the team after the break.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 03, 2017 at 12:13 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: surgery, tigers, victor martinez

Friday, September 01, 2017

Stunner! Detroit Tigers trade Justin Verlander to Houston Astros

At approximately 11:59 p.m. on Thursday night, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander was traded to the Houston Astros for three prospects, according to multiple persons with knowledge of the situation.
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In exchange for Verlander, the Tigers received right-hander Franklin Perez, outfielder Daz Cameron (son of former Gold Glove outfielder Mike Cameron) and catcher Jake Rogers.

The Tigers are also believed to be sending at least $10 million to the Astros (via Yahoo’s Jeff Passan), with Verlander signed through 2019 with a vesting option in 2020. Verlander, 34, makes $28 million in each of the next two seasons.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 01, 2017 at 02:01 AM | 168 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, omg, tigers, trade, verlander

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Four players suspended in Yanks-Tigers fracas | MLB.com

Sometimes it seems like they spin a wheel.

Miguel Cabrera was suspended for seven games and fined an undisclosed amount for inciting a benches-clearing incident and fighting with Yankees catcher Austin Romine, who was suspended for two games for fighting and throwing punches. Gary Sanchez received a four-game suspension for fighting and throwing punches in the ensuing fracas.

“I’m not going to feel good about that,” Sanchez said before Friday’s Yankees game against the Mariners in New York. “That’s four games that I’m not going to be able to help the team, and I know that they’re going to need me. It’s not a good feeling.”

After Austin Romine and Miguel Cabrera get into a benches-clearing physical altercation, tensions continued between the Tigers and Yankees

Tigers reliever Alex Wilson received a four-game suspension for later intentionally throwing at Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier after warnings had been issued. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus received an automatic one-game suspension as a result of Wilson’s actions.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2017 at 06:34 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: suspensions, tigers, yankees

Friday, August 25, 2017

Justin Verlander and Victor Martinez nearly fought each other after fighting the Yankees | FTW

During the first brawl, Yankees’ catcher Gary Sanchez jumped into the fight, fist first, and appears to swing at Tigers’ third baseman Nicholas Castellanos. Upon returning to the dugout, Castellanos and Verlander looked furious with Martinez for being too chummy with the Yankees as things (temporarily) cooled down.

As Verlander walks away, he clearly flips off Martinez, who then needs to be restrained by Castellanos.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 25, 2017 at 12:53 PM | 94 comment(s)
  Beats: civil war, fight night, martinez, tigers, verlander

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Multiple Paths to a Tigers Rebuild

If the Tigers want to be competitive again by 2020, they must do more. They need to focus on obtaining prospects nearly ready for a major-league role, something both Candelario and Lugo are. In this vein, moving their youngest pitching talent, like Michael Fulmer or Daniel Norris, to make teams interested in taking on the expensive contracts of older players like Justin Verlander, Jordan Zimmermann, or Justin Upton wouldn’t make sense for the Tigers. Fulmer, who’s under club control until 2023, is precisely the kind of young, talented player the team needs to retain and use as the anchor of the future pitching staff. They need to keep all the young, cheap players they can, and not move them just to cut costs.

On the other side, one could look at the Tigers rebuild as a long-term project. Perhaps the team could decide to acquire talent over the course of the next several years, searching for players (such as Isaac Paredes, for example) who won’t be ready for the majors for awhile, taking the time to develop them within the farm system, growing proper major-league talent, and building a winning team from within. This is a strategy the Tigers have never really used before, having focused more on blockbuster trades for players like Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, or Justin Upton to fill the necessary holes on the field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2017 at 11:28 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Getting the Tigers a Real Prospect for Justin Verlander

Nobody claimed Verlander. It suggests no team is willing to just eat his remaining contract. On MLB Network, Ken Rosenthal just suggested the Tigers want top prospects *and* don’t want to assume a big part of his salary. If it’s true, the Tigers are living in a fantasy world and aren’t placing a real-world value in today’s MLB. Verlander will ride down with the Tigers’ sinking ship.

More reasonably, I’d think maybe the Tigers would be willing to pay something like half of Verlander’s remaining contract, getting him down to 2+/$32M. At that price, he’d pretty clearly be under market value, especially when you consider his value to a team who could use him down the stretch, which disappears if they hold him until this winter. So if the Tigers were willing to pay half the freight, I’d think they could land a solid back-end Top 100 type and some filler, enough to legitimately say they didn’t just move Verlander in a salary dump to lower payroll at the expense of the team’s talent base.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2017 at 11:21 AM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, justin verlander, tigers

Monday, August 07, 2017

Sources: Astros, Tigers talked Verlander deal

The Tigers and Astros have had recent contact regarding the possibility of a Justin Verlander trade, sources told MLB.com.

Verlander has cleared trade waivers, according to the Detroit Free Press, leading to even more extensive contact between the teams than in the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, sources said.
While it’s unclear if progress toward a deal has been made, several factors have increased the viability of Verlander as a trade option for the Astros:
• The Astros’ need for a starting pitcher is greater than on July 31, given the apparent lack of progress by Lance McCullers Jr., who is on the disabled list with back discomfort.
• The Astros’ front office is under pressure—from the team’s own clubhouse, among other constituencies—after not making a significant pitching move at the non-waiver Deadline.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 11:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, justin verlander, tigers

Monday, July 31, 2017

Reports: Tigers acquire Cubs’ Candelario | MiLB.com News

According to numerous reports, Detroit acquired top Cubs prospect Jeimer Candelario in a package for left-handed reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila. Infielder Isaac Paredes, Chicago’s 10th-ranked prospect, also will head to the Motor City.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2017 at 06:42 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tigers, trades

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Olney: Trade Sonny Gray to Yankees, as time is right for big markets to get their ace

When the Yankees made their big trade last week for Tommy Kahnle, David Robertson and Todd Frazier, the rationale was to acquire pitchers who can help them beyond 2017. This is true for Gray, as well. He would help their chances of making the playoffs this year and of winning in the postseason, as Gray is known as a big-stage performer after his strong October showing against the Tigers as a rookie. And he would also help the Yankees’ chances in 2018 and 2019, before he finally reaches free agency.

And there’s no doubt about this: The Yankees need starting pitchers for 2018. Luis Severino will be back, but Michael Pineda was lost to an elbow injury (and would’ve been gone as a free agent, anyway). CC Sabathia’s contract is about to expire, and Masahiro Tanaka could opt out of his deal (and is a major health risk if he stays). Gray would slot in next year and the year after that as the No. 2 or No. 3.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

THT: A Joyful Celebration of Baseball

Good reporting by Sarah Wexler on the 19th annual induction day for the Baseball Reliquary’s Shrine of the Eternals.

The first honor bestowed was the 2017 Hilda Award, named, of course, for Hilda Chester, and intended to especially honor noteworthy fans.

This year’s recipient was Cam Perron, a 22-year-old Tulane University business management graduate. Perron’s life’s passion is the preservation of Negro League history. At the age of 12, he began writing retired ballplayers for autographs, sending 20 to 40 letters a week to former major leaguers and former Negro leaguers. He found that the Negro league alumni tended to be quite enthusiastic in their responses, often sending replies that were two or three pages long. Perron started including his phone number in his letters, and often ended up having hours-long conversations with players.

...At the age of 13, he teamed up with Dr. Layton Revel, founder and executive director of the Center for Negro League Baseball Research in Carrollton, Texas, whom he describes as his “best friend.” The two have organized Negro Leagues reunions in Birmingham, Ala., for each of the past eight years.

Perron was also instrumental in getting MLB to launch a Negro League pension program, which provides anyone who can prove they played Negro League baseball for four or more years with a yearly $10,000 pension — a sum which, in Perron’s words, “really makes a difference” for a lot of guys. Perron has been featured twice on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, given a TED-Ed talk, and is currently in the process of working on a feature film based on his efforts.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tigers OF J.D. Martinez traded to Diamondbacks for prospects

Detroit received Double-A third baseman Dawel Lugo, switch-hitting infield prospect Sergio Alcantara and shortstop Jose King in the deal Tuesday. Lugo, a sterling defensive third baseman with a solid bat, is regarded as the Diamondbacks’ No. 2 overall prospect. Avila said he wanted to bolster the Tigers’ farm system with position prospects and jumped at the chance to add three infielders.

As for Martinez, the Tigers hope that one day he’ll return to Detroit.

Martinez said the feeling is mutual.

“Me and Al go way back. He’s like family to me, close to family as you can get in baseball. I know it was hard for him,” he said. “I’m not mad about it. ... Next year and the offseason, you never know what’s going to happen in this game.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 18, 2017 at 11:42 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, j.d. martinez, tigers

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Thursday, July 06, 2017

Levine: Justin Verlander May Be A Key For Cubs’ Future « CBS Chicago

Can he be effective for two more seasons? Will he be worth the money and cost in talent?

Sitting at 41-42 entering play Wednesday and with a desire to acquire more than a rental pitcher, the Cubs could view Verlander as a key piece to help reconnect the dots this season and beyond. The 34-year-old Verlander is under contract through the 2019 season, with a vesting option for 2020 if he finishes in the top five of the Cy Young voting in 2019.
...
Verlander has had an underwhelming season, as he’s 5-5 with a 4.96 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. He’s struck out 92 batters in 98 innings.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 06, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, tigers, trade rumors

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Tigers Set Large Asking Price For Justin Verlander - MLB Trade Rumors

Al Avila is “that guy” who exists in every fantasy league.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 04, 2017 at 10:33 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, trade rumors

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