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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Alex Avila lands with Chicago White Sox

Thanksgiving dinner at the Avilas just got awkward.

Alex Avila is leaving town, but he isn’t traveling far.

The longtime Detroit Tigers catcher this morning signed a one-year deal with the division-rival Chicago White Sox. The deal, according to the Sox, is worth $2.5 million.

Avila, 28, is the oldest son of Tigers general manager Al Avila. He spent seven seasons with the Tigers, hitting .242 with 66 home runs.

He served as the starting catcher for the better part of six seasons, until losing his job this season to rookie catcher James McCann.

Avila’s career year came in 2011, when he was an All-Star and won the American League Silver Slugger at catcher, hitting .295 with 19 home runs and 82 RBIs.

In the seasons since, his offense has declined—he hit .191 with 2015.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2015 at 12:54 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: alex avila, tigers, white sox

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tigers get Cameron Maybin in trade with Braves |

The Tigers acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Braves in exchange for left-hander Ian Krol and pitching prospect Gabe Speier, it was announced on Friday.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 20, 2015 at 06:47 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, tigers, trades

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tigers get Francisco Rodriguez from Brewers |

The Tigers reportedly acquired All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez in a trade with the Brewers on Wednessday. The teams have not yet confirmed the deal.

It was unclear what the Brewers will receive in return, though a report out of Venezuela said it will be a package that includes infield prospect Javier Betancourt.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2015 at 12:14 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, tigers, trades

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Tigers prospect JaCoby Jones suspended 50 games

Tigers shortstop prospect JaCoby Jones has been suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Detroit acquired Jones from Pittsburgh in the midseason trade for reliever Joakim Soria and he finished the year at Double-A. Picked in the third round of the 2013 draft, Jones hit .257 with 16 homers, 25 steals, and a .737 OPS in 133 total games between Single-A and Double-A this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 05, 2015 at 05:18 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: drug of abuse, jacoby jones, prospects, suspensions, tigers

Saturday, October 24, 2015

NY Post: Sherman: Inside frenzied Cespedes trade that turned Mets into contenders

At one last get-together with the main decision-makers — with the clock now nearing the 4 p.m. deadline — Alderson let all in the room know what would be heard if this trade were not made and the team did not win a championship: “We had a chance to do this and didn’t do it.”

Said Alderson: “That is a form of conversation that would make it as stark and dramatic as possible, another way of articulating what we all thought we should do. There were people in this organization saying these deals don’t particularly help you. I got that.

“But part of what we are doing here, like any business, you have a product and a brand, and your brand is something that is partially a function of what your product line is and what you offer in the marketplace and part of it is this other equity — what people think. And what people think is a function of what your product line was five years ago and three years ago and now. The Mets as a brand took a hit. Part of our effort was not just to improve the product, like General Motors would improve the product from year to year, but to somehow restore confidence in the brand also.”



bobm Posted: October 24, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson, tigers, yoenis cespedes

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tigers’ Norris has cancerous growth on thyroid

Wishing this young man a speedy and lasting recovery.

Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris announced on Instagram Monday that he was undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous growth on his thyroid.

“I’ve been debating for months as to how or even if I should share this with people,” he wrote. “I’m a firm believer in the power of prayer. So now, I’m asking for prayers.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: daniel norris, tigers

Sunday, September 27, 2015

5 reasons Al Avila gave for retaining Brad Ausmus as Detroit Tigers manager |

I’m sure his dreamyness is a factor.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 08:05 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brad ausmus, managers, tigers

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Detroit Tigers send Bruce Rondon home for season due to ‘effort level’

Maybe the whole team should just pack it in for the year.

Bruce Rondon is long gone.

Rondon went from the closer to the Detroit Tigers to being banished for the remainder of the season due to lack of effort.

“Bruce Rondon, because of his effort level, has been sent home,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Tuesday afternoon at the start of his pregame session with media members. “Other than saying that (general manager) Al Avila and myself completely agreed on it, there will be no other details or comment.”

Ausmus then answered “no comment” to multiple follow-ups.

Avila said basically the same thing.

“Brad and I met on Rondon,” Avila said, “and we both agreed this was the best course of action to take for Bruce and the club.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 23, 2015 at 01:09 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce rondon, tigers

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Yoenis Cespedes to Mets: Dombrowski recounts his side of story

The Tigers had heard only intermittently from the Mets. Dombrowski assumed that was because they were getting Gomez from the Brewers. But that deal fell apart, and when Alderson called Friday, he said: “We really want to go after Cespedes.”

“I’m sure he was working on other things,” Dombrowski said. “[Justin] Upton’s name was out there, a couple of others. At one point we didn’t know what his priority was, but he kept in contact with me, and it really came down to the Mets had the best package for us. We really liked Fulmer a whole bunch, and the other guy in the package [minor league pitcher Luis Cessa] had a good arm.”

Jim Leyland, the former Tigers manager now a special assistant with the team, made a call to Mets manager Terry Collins, a good friend. “Jim said, ‘Terry, get him—he’s going to help you guys,’” Dombrowski said.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 17, 2015 at 05:06 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, mets, tigers, trade, yoenis cespedes

Anibal Sanchez’s shoulder checks out OK |

All is good then.

The Tigers received good news on right-hander Anibal Sanchez Wednesday after his consultation with Dr. James Andrews. The noted orthopedic surgeon examined Sanchez’s sore right rotator cuff on Wednesday and saw no major structural damage.

“All good,” Sanchez’s agent, Gene Mato, said in a text message. “He said the shoulder looked great.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: anibal sanchez, tigers

Friday, September 11, 2015

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Batting title would put Cabrera in elite club | FOX Sports

Now that Cabrera has enough plate appearances to qualify, he’s on pace to win the batting title for the fourth time in five years. With that, he’s about to join very exclusive company. (Again.)

Here’s the complete list of right-handed batters with at least four batting titles in any five-year span:

—Rogers Hornsby, 1920-25 (six straight)

—Honus Wagner, 1906-09 (four straight), also seven in nine years from ’03-’11

—Nap Lajoie, 1901-04 (four straight)

Jim Furtado Posted: September 02, 2015 at 10:33 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel cabrera, tigers

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Justin Verlander barely misses third gem as Tigers beat Angels, 5-0 - LA Times

Does this mean Verlander is good again?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, justin verlander, tigers

Monday, August 24, 2015

Piece of concrete falls in Comerica Park concourse

I guess it’s time for another taxpayer paid stadium in Detroit. Luckily the city is awash in cash.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ballparks, tigers

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Norris frustrated, injury worse than Tigers thought

Apparently Sanchez and Norris are the same guy.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 10:02 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: anibal sanchez, daniel norris, tigers

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Fangraphs: Red Sox Hire Dave Dombrowski

And now, two weeks later, Dombrowski has landed a new position, taking the title of President of Baseball Operations with the Red Sox. As part of the transition, GM Ben Cherington will be leaving the organization, and Bob Nightengale reports that former Braves GM Frank Wren is the most likely candidate to replace Cherington. Wren was ousted in Atlanta in part because the team had fallen behind the curve analytically, so a Dombrowski/Wren combination would make for one of the more old-school front office tandems in baseball today.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: August 19, 2015 at 12:47 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, tigers

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Detroit Tigers could activate Miguel Cabrera on Friday

Can Miggy’s return put the Tigers back in the wildcard hunt?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 06:39 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel cabrera, tigers

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Brad Ausmus says Johnny Cueto stopping in windup

Luis Tiant was a cheater!

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus questioned Monday night whether Johnny Cueto’s sometimes-funky delivery is legal.

Ausmus complained to plate umpire Joe West that Cueto’s delivery was illegal and later offered his thoughts to reporters, saying Cueto was stopping in his windup.

“Really, the way the rule reads, you’re not supposed to even alter your motion,” Ausmus said. “That’s the way the rule reads. They don’t enforce it. Well, he said if he stops it’s an illegal pitch.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 11, 2015 at 12:51 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball rules, brad ausmus, johnny cueto, royals, tigers

Friday, August 07, 2015

Ex-Tiger Evan Reed gets year of probation for assault charge

Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed was formally sentenced Friday after pleading no contest last month to a misdemeanor aggravated assault charge.

Reed had two third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges dropped July 17 as part of the plea deal before Wayne County Circuit Court Shannon Walker. Reed was given one year of probation Friday by Walker.

Walker also ordered Reed to perform 120 hours of community service and must pay $4,480 for his victim’s medical fees among various other fees. Reed, who also must have no contact with the complainant, has 42 days to appeal the sentence.

The criminal sexual conduct charges carried a 15-year maximum penalty.

Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Suzette Samuels spoke briefly on Reed’s actions, saying: “I believe this was a case of unbridled arrogance.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2015 at 10:26 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: evan reed, police blotter, sexual assault, tigers

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Blockbuster Anatomy: Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos on the Tulowitzki and Price Deals

“Everyone was so focused on the rotation and bullpen,” Anthopoulos said. “But we felt we could still get better defensively and offensively. You can make a case that certain position players are worth more than starters, and Tulo is one of those players.”

Anthopoulos checked in with Bridich in May. At that point, the Rockies GM said he’d be open to taking Jose Reyes back in the deal if Colorado could nab a few of Toronto’s many quality pitching prospects. Talks continued for a few weeks, and once the All-Star break ended, concrete trade proposals and counterproposals began to form. Finally, on July 28, the two sides agreed to the deal that shocked the baseball world. In addition to Reyes, the Rockies landed top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman and two other talented young arms, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco. The Jays got Hawkins and their white whale.

“I looked at it like this: This is one of the best players in baseball,” Anthopoulos said. “Players like that don’t become available. They sign 10-year contracts and become the face of a franchise. It wasn’t an easy decision. It was weird, the process was long and stressful … but it was also a lot of fun.”


Source: Al Avila received five-year contract to be Detroit Tigers general manager |

It’s not a short-term gig.

Al Avila did not go into specifics regarding his new contract Tuesday afternoon after taking over as the general manager of the Detroit Tigers.

But a source told on Tuesday evening that the deal is for five seasons beyond the current one.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 05, 2015 at 06:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: al avila, tigers

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

538: Paine & Silver: Did Your Team Blow It At The Trade Deadline?

The Blue Jays bought, the Tigers sold and the Mets couldn’t make up their mind. Baseball’s trade deadline, which passed last Friday afternoon, is all about balancing the present against the future. Whether they’re buyers or sellers (or just renters), all deadline-dealers have to evaluate both their World Series chances for the current season and where they will be in the “success cycle” going forward. Blunders in either type of assessment can haunt a franchise for years.

It’s a lot to deal with, and not every team manages the process perfectly. To help model these deadline decisions, we developed a metric we’ve nicknamed the “Doyle Number.” It’s named after the infamous 1987 trade in which the Detroit Tigers sent future Hall of Famer John Smoltz, then a 20-year-old prospect, to the Atlanta Braves for 36-year-old Doyle Alexander.

In principle, the definition of the Doyle Number is simple. It represents the rate at which, at the trade deadline, teams should be willing to trade talent in the future for talent in the current season in order to maximize the total number of World Series that it wins. For instance, if a team has a Doyle Number of 2, that means buying a win’s worth of talent in the current season at the trade deadline is worth giving up two wins in the future. By contrast, a team with a Doyle Number of 0.25 should only be willing to give up one-quarter of a future win for a win now. Not only should such a team not buy wins at that price — it should probably sell veteran talent at the deadline instead, in exchange for prospects.

bobm Posted: August 04, 2015 at 11:18 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, doyle alexander, mets, tigers, trade deadline

Tigers release Dombrowski, promote Avila to GM

Next stop, Toronto?

The Detroit Tigers today announced that assistant general manager Al Avila has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager, replacing Dave Dombrowski in a stunning move this afternoon.

Avila will assume all responsibilities related to baseball operations of the club and will report directly to team owner Mike Ilitch.

“I would like to thank Dave Dombrowski for his 14 years of service,” Ilitch said in a released statement. “Together, we’ve enjoyed some success, but we’re still in aggressive pursuit of our ultimate goal: to bring a World Series title to Detroit and Michigan. I’ve decided to release Dave from his contract in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities. I feel this is the right time for the Tigers to move forward under new leadership.”

asinwreck Posted: August 04, 2015 at 04:38 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers

Monday, August 03, 2015

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