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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Detroit Tigers say they won’t re-sign Torii Hunter

Feels like teams are rarely this straightforward about their intentions. I like it, though. Transparency!

Torii Hunter will likely continue to play baseball, but not with the Detroit Tigers.

Tigers general manager/president Dave Dombrowski told reporters today that he called Hunter to tell him he would not be pursued after the club agreed to a four-year contract with designated hitter Victor Martinez.

“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 everything. Absolutely love him. If something changes where we make some changes for one reason or another, that we’re not anticipating, we would still be open. It’s just probably not much of a fit right now.”...

Hunter posted on Instagram this evening: “I had a great 2yrs with the Tigers organization. Thank you fans for accepting and supporting me on the field and in your community. You fans were awesome and I’m gonna miss you guys. I’m glad Christ lead me to Detroit. Now, let’s see where He leads my career from here. Be blessed Detroit!!!”

Although his defensive play in right field showed signs of decline, Hunter hit .304 with 17 home runs and 84 RBIs as in 144 games for the Tigers in 2013 and hit .286 with 17 home runs and 83 RBIs in 142 games this past season…

Dombrowski said he was told Hunter “wants to go out there and play on an every day basis if he can and he thinks he might even be able to play for a couple of years. So in our situation, I said, ‘Probably not going to fit then at this point.’

The District Attorney Posted: November 16, 2014 at 05:55 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, tigers, torii hunter

Friday, November 14, 2014

Grantland: Mike Trout Finally Won the MVP, But Could He Already Be in Decline?

Since the stats weren’t conclusive, I solicited opinions from scouts and scouting executives via email, asking whether “throw him high fastballs” would always be the book on Trout, or whether he’d make an adjustment that would render the strategy obsolete. The responses revealed considerable uncertainty.

“I think there are two incredibly unlikely outcomes,” a scouting director said. “One is that he suddenly starts mashing those pitches. Assuming any player, even a phenomenal talent like Trout just automatically makes every adjustment is dangerous. The other very unlikely outcome is that he makes no adjustment and remains quite mortal against high fastballs. The most likely end result is therefore that he gets better against them, but they do remain a relative weakness. And at some point, pitchers/advance scouts will find another weakness in his game, and we’ll get to ask this question all over again.”


New Blue Jays infielder Travis oozing with talent | Elliot

Oozing? No. He’s not even leaking some talent. I wouldn’t even go so far to say he has scabs of talent. His talent is completely contained within a protective layer of skin.

“I looked right past him at Florida State,” said the evaluator, “then I saw him in the Arizona Fall League last year. Impressive. He makes solid contact and doesn’t strike out a lot. I’ve heard some people throw a Howie Kendrick on him. He might be a second base version of Bill Madlock.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2014 at 09:10 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, tigers

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Blue Jays, Tigers Swap Anthony Gose, Devon Travis

Is “Devon Travis” the most soap opera-y name since “Blake Hawksworth”?

Wait, there aren’t soap operas anymore, are there.

The Blue Jays announced that they have acquired second base prospect Devon Travis from the Tigers in exchange for center fielder Anthony Gose…

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski tells Lynn Henning of the Detroit News (Twitter link) that Gose will play center field regularly for the Tigers if all goes according to plan. The fleet-footed Gose is known to be an outstanding defender with a questionable bat, though he carried a fair amount of hype upon reaching the Majors in 2012, as he’d previously ranked as a Top 100 prospect according to Baseball America, MLB.com, Baseball Prospectus and ESPN.

Gose hasn’t hit much in his time in the bigs, compiling a .234/.301/.332 batting line with five homers and 34 steals (in 45 tries) over 616 plate appearances. However, Gose is still just 24 years of age… He’s under team control through the 2019 season and won’t be eligible for arbitration until at least the 2016-17 offseason…

Baseball America ranked Travis as the game’s No. 84 prospect heading into the 2014 season and just today ranked him as the No. 1 prospect in Detroit’s minor league system (though ESPN’s Keith Law still tweets that he considers Travis a “non-prospect)... The 23-year-old appeared in 100 games at Double-A Erie in 2014, batting .298/.358/.460 with 10 homers in 441 plate appearances.

The District Attorney Posted: November 13, 2014 at 01:34 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony gose, blue jays, devon travis, tigers, trades, transactions

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tigers Close To Re-Signing Victor Martinez

Shop smart…

The Tigers are close to a four-year deal with Victor Martinez, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter link)... Re-signing Martinez was said to be Detroit’s top priority this offseason, despite the potential loss of other key free agents Max Scherzer and Torii Hunter. The 35-year-old Martinez enjoyed perhaps the finest offensive season of his 12-year career in 2014, slashing .335/.409/.565 with a career-high 32 homers. He led the league in both on-base percentage and OPS…

The new contract will guarantee Martinez roughly $70MM over its four-year term, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes (Spanish link).

The District Attorney Posted: November 12, 2014 at 06:00 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, tigers, transactions, victor martinez

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Ex-Tiger Lolich: No comparison between me and Bumgarner

“Pitching three complete games in a World Series is, you know, is sort of a great feat,” Lolich said.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2014 at 09:12 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, madison bumgarner, mickey lolich, tigers

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Tigers extend qualifying offers to Scherzer, V-Mart | MLB.com

The Tigers announced qualifying offers to free agents Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez among a flurry of moves Friday, including the loss of Andy Dirks off waivers to Toronto and Patrick McCoy off waivers to Baltimore.
Detroit also purchased the contract of outfielder Wynton Bernard from low Class A West Michigan and outrighted the contracts of utilityman Don Kelly and reliever Evan Reed to Triple-A Toledo. Shortstop Jose Iglesias, right-hander Drew VerHagen and relievers Bruce Rondon and Luke Putkonen were reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 01, 2014 at 08:53 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Monday, October 27, 2014

Former Tigers pitcher Jeff Robinson, 52, dies

This sucks. Always liked him as a prospect. Never fully panned out but put together a really nice 1988 season for a good Tigers team that would have made the playoffs had they not collapsed.

Jeff Robinson, a promising pitching prospect in the early 1980s who went on to pitch in nearly 100 games for the Tigers, passed away Sunday afternoon after a seven-month battle with undisclosed health issues. He was 52.

Mike Henneman, Robinson’s roommate in the minors and major leagues, confirmed his death to The News.

Henneman flew from Texas to see Robinson in Missouri last week, knowing the prognosis was grim.

Robinson died at home in Kansas City, surrounded by his wife, Meredith, two sons and a daughter.

Robinson was a third-round pick by the Tigers in 1983 out of Azusa Pacific University and made his major-league debut in 1987, tossing seven innings of one-run ball to beat the White Sox.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2014 at 01:06 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff robinson, obituaries, tigers

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday Notes: Maddon, Cherington, Fixing the Reds, Trusting Buck, more | FanGraphs Baseball

Another great column by David Laurila .

There are a lot of ways to look at how you might augment your offense, but it can’t just be nine guys working a pitching staff over,” said Maddon. “If your goal is to get a starter out of a game, that might be the last thing you want to do. You see a lot of 95-plus out of the pen now, and some of those guys have quality secondary pitches. I think it’s become easier to build bullpens, and it’s rare a team has a bad one.”

The Kansas City Royals are a fit for Maddon’s musings. Not only is their pen dominant, their speed-focused offense posted the lowest walk rate in the game.

“We might possibly need to see a trend away from seeing pitches,” suggested Maddon. “I can see speed – including using it creatively – becoming a more important part of the game. I think the trend might be going back to the way the game had been before the unrealistic home run numbers arrived and walks became prominent. I really don’t know.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 26, 2014 at 01:22 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, general, joe maddon, orioles, red sox, reds, tigers

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dave Dombrowski: Injury worse than expected, Miguel Cabrera ‘is as tough as you can possibly be’ | MLive.com

The Detroit Tigers do not know for sure when Miguel Cabrera will resume baseball activities or play in his first game. They cannot say with 100 percent certainty that he will be ready for the start of spring training or even opening day.

But general manager Dave Dombrowski is certain of one thing: Cabrera showed some extreme toughness by playing through an ankle injury that was significantly worse than it was believed to be.

“He is as tough as you can possibly be,” Dombrowski said. “They cannot even believe once they went in there and looked at it that he could play with the ankle that he had. It’s worse than what we ever would have anticipated.”

Cabrera underwent surgery to have bone spurs in his right ankle removed Wednesday, but he also had two screws inserted to help repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his right foot.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2014 at 08:41 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel cabrera, tigers

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dombrowski told that Iglesias ‘will be fine’ for 2015

Their biggest acquisition this off-season already is on the team — shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Iglesias is ramping up his baseball activity, president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said during the team’s end-of-the-season news conference Tuesday.

“The doctors tell me he’ll be fine,” Dombrowski said. “He’s going to be ready for spring training, he’s going to be ready to go, and he’s over all of his (injuries).”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2014 at 10:28 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: jose iglesias, tigers

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

How the Cardinals became baseball’s best franchise | New York Post

I’d say we should wait until the end of this year’s postseason to make that determination.

No, the Dodgers don’t rank second behind St. Louis in the “Model franchise” standings, and neither do the Yankees. Maybe it’s the Giants, with their third NLCS appearance in five years, though they haven’t qualified for two straight postseasons since 2002-03. It certainly isn’t the Red Sox, who have registered two last-place finishes in the last three seasons.
You could make a case for the Tigers, who join the Cardinals as the only current clubs with four straight playoff appearances. Yet the Tigers just got swept by Baltimore in their ALDS, and they are weighed down by contracts of questionable length and value. They don’t look particularly well-positioned for the future.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 08, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, playoffs, tigers

Monday, October 06, 2014

Orioles sweep sends Tigers into a Yankees-like winter | New York Post

Are the Tigers really as bad as the Yankees? Except for their bullpen, I say no.

The Tigers have a lot of Yankees in them. In its owner’s obsession for a title, Detroit has grown expensive, star-laden and old.
...
There was a period when Verlander and Miguel Cabrera were simultaneously the best pitcher and hitter on the planet, and last year Cabrera won the MVP and Max Scherzer the Cy Young. Yet, the Tigers were unable to win it all in their primes together, and now have to contemplate Scherzer leaving, and Verlander signed through 2019 and Cabrera through 2023.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:13 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Deadline duds: Big-ticket trades yield October sorrow

Sometimes making the right move doesn’t matter in the playoff dice game.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 09:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, tigers, trades

Cruz, Orioles Beat Tigers 2-1 for ALDS Sweep - NYTimes.com

O’s sweep and close the Tigers playoff window.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2014 at 06:23 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, playoffs, tigers

Thursday, October 02, 2014


Giants Win Should Aid Favored Nationals

Hey, all. I’m back with my (crude, i.e., doesn’t take into account lineups) postseason projections for you all to tear apart. Below is a summary of my data as the LDS round begins.

Overall WS Win Likelihoods:
* WSN 19%
* LAA 19%
* LAD 18%
* BAL 14%
* DET 9%
* SFG 8%
* KCR 7%
* STL 6%

Most likely WS outcome: LAA over WSN in 7 (2.04%)

Interesting WS match-ups:
* All-Cali Series 18%
* Beltway Battle 10%
* Show Me State Showdown 2%

Check out the full link for more analysis and pretty charts.

J-Doug Posted: October 02, 2014 at 11:59 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals, dodgers, giants, nationals, orioles, projections, royals, tigers, world series

Miguel Cabrera Turns Down Playoff Share

Cabrera was sitting at his locker before the Tigers’ workout Wednesday in Baltimore when Max Scherzer came by with a clipboard containing the sheets players must sign to receive their shares of the post-season playoff pool. That’s money, real cash money.

“I’m not signing anything,” Cabrera told Scherzer. Teammate Victor Martinez, who had just signed, looked quizzically. Scherzer tried to explain…

A full share for winning the World Series for Boston Red Sox players last year was worth $307,000.

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: October 02, 2014 at 10:53 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: greedy modern players, tigers

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fangraphs/Cistulli: Post-trade WAR for deadline trades

What follows is a list of all those same players, sorted by their WAR totals from August and September combined — which is to say, the two-month period since the trade deadline:

Small sample sizes alert!

But interesting.  The A’s acquisitions (Samardzija, Lester, Fuld, Hammel, Gomes) added 4.3 WAR so even if you deduct the full 1.3 WAR that Cespedes gave Boston, that’s a 3 win improvement.  The M’s acquisitions (Denorfia, Morales, Jackson) put up -1.1 WAR.  I wonder if they’d like that win back.

The Yanks also did very well despite Drew—he, Headley, Prado and McCarthy totaled 4 WAR.  Price was the other big prize and Peavy and Andrew Miller were good additions.

Walt Davis Posted: September 30, 2014 at 12:43 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, deadline trades, mariners, tigers, yankees

Friday, September 19, 2014

Kauffman Stadium ‘should be rocking’ as Royals face most important series in decades Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article2157217.html#storylink=cpy

“The place should be rocking,” Stewart said. “Rocking!”

The front office has waited eight years for this. The owner has waited 20. The fans have waited almost three decades without a playoff appearance, a generation of rooters exposed only to slapstick performances and 90-loss campaigns, a group wracked by anxiety during the final weeks of this season.

With one triumphant weekend in their glistening stadium, the Royals can, at last, reward this city and this region for their faith

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article2157217.html#storylink=cpy

Weekly Journalist_ Posted: September 19, 2014 at 11:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: al central, royals, tigers

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Max Scherzer, Tigers close gap between Royals

Joe Nathan worked out of another jam in the ninth to earn his 30th save in 36 chances. He allowed two infield singles to start the inning before closing out the game with two strikeouts sandwiched around a picked-off runner.

Pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson was the man who was picked off second.

First, what Joe Nathan does when he enters the game is pretty much the opposite of ‘saving’ it.  He jeopardizes games.  He takes games that are 99% won and puts them back in play.  I can’t imagine trusting him with a one run lead in a playoff game, the Tigers are going to get screwed by their pen again.

Second, how to you get picked off there?  You are the potential third run in a 4-2 game, what are you trying to do there?  No matter how great of a lead or a jump you get, you can’t make your run count for two.

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:58 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: royals, tigers

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera appears to re-injure ankle, leaves game

Tigers first baseman and two-time reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera was forced to exit Saturday’s night-cap against the White Sox (GameTracker) after trying to beat out a grounder in the fourth inning. As Chris Iott of MLive.com writes, Cabrera appeared to aggravate the right ankle injury that’s been bothering him for some time.

This is possibly unfair use of hindsight, but one now has to wonder about the wisdom of letting Cabrera, who, as noted, has been hobbled recently and throughout much of recent history, start both ends of the double-header in Chicago

All the stars are aligned, if the Royals can’t close the deal this season…

Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: August 31, 2014 at 02:28 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, know your limits, tigers

Friday, August 29, 2014

After awkward attempt at game-saving catch, Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki gets testy with reporters

“But now frustration and heartache is what you got…”

Ichiro Suzuki, suspected of flubbing a catch that could have saved the Yankees on Thursday, got testy with reporters who wanted to know exactly what happened on the game’s final play.

Ichiro appeared to botch an attempt to catch Mike Avila’s walk-off hit, which gave the Detroit Tigers a 3-2 victory. And when the questions persisted, an exasperated Ichiro told a reporter to watch the replay himself for an explanation, and he even slapped his own leg at one point.

As Avila’s two-out, first-pitch rip off reliever Shawn Kelley flew toward the right-center seats, reliever Sean Kelley hung his head, slammed his glove to the ground and walked off the field, sure it was a homer. Catcher Brian McCann said he refused to watch the ball for the same reason.

Ichiro, playing at about regular depth, raced toward the wall. When he got near, he leaped in an attenpt to catch the ball, but it landed several feet toward center, and near the wall’s base. When he leaped, Ichiro also seemed to duck.

The strange effort led to a string of reporter’s questions: Was he trying to catch it? Did he think he had a chance? Was he trying to catch it on the fly or off the wall—which would have been useless given the runner on second.

 

 

Repoz Posted: August 29, 2014 at 12:07 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, yankees

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fangraphs: Sullivan: Anatomy of a Disaster.

Numbers are the easy part, so let’s start with some numbers. David Price got thrashed by the Yankees, ending with twice as many hits allowed as outs recorded. He was charged with eight runs, all of them scoring in the top of the third, which Price began, but which Price was removed from without getting an out. That third inning saw Price allow nine consecutive hits, the first time that’s happened to a pitcher since 1989. The all-time record for consecutive hits in an inning by a team is 11, and that was in Colorado. Never before had Price allowed nine hits in an inning. Never before had he allowed eight hits in an inning. Never before had he allowed seven hits in an inning. Never before had he allowed six hits in an inning. In Price’s previous game, he one-hit the Rays.

Price on Wednesday got one swinging strike. His previous season low was six. In his regular-season career before Wednesday, he’d allowed at least nine hits just 20 times. He’d allowed at least eight runs just four times. Price set a new career Game Score low, of 2. In Price’s own words: “That was probably the worst game I’ve ever had in my life.” It was an awful game, but really, it was an awful inning. And, technically, it was an awful fraction of an inning. David Price is one of the best known pitchers in the universe.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: August 28, 2014 at 12:04 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: comedy, david price, tigers, yankees

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FG (Sullivan): The Tigers and the Angels Needn’t Scramble for Help

September roster expansion is weird, if you think about it.

recently, of course, the Angels lost Garrett Richards for the year. Meanwhile, Anibal Sanchez experienced a setback in his injury rehab, and now it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to return in the regular season…

This year, replacement-level starting pitchers have averaged an ERA close to 5, and an FIP close to 5. Meanwhile, replacement-level relief pitchers have averaged an ERA a little under 4, and an FIP a little under 4. This is very basic stuff. This is why, for one-game playoffs, you’ll often see it suggested that teams try bullpen games. Or at least, that teams be more aggressive with their bullpens. This isn’t something you can do feasibly during much of the regular season, because you’d wear your relievers down, and you’d have to be constantly shuttling guys back and forth between the majors and Triple-A. But in September, teams are free to roster much bigger pitching staffs, which allows for greater flexibility. Precisely the sort of flexibility that could work to Anaheim and Detroit’s benefit…

Maybe, in a sense, it’s unfair that the Angels could patch up a rotation hole in this way. But maybe, in another sense, it’s unfair that the Angels weren’t left with many options to patch up the hole when it opened. As long as the September rules are what they are, teams might as well try to take advantage of them. A few teams in contention are positioned to do just that.

The District Attorney Posted: August 27, 2014 at 07:09 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, strategy, tigers

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