3 players the Detroit Tigers could replace, and who they should consider using instead
The Detroit Tigers continued their resurgence over the weekend by splitting a series with the best team in the American League. But that couldn’t hide that there are three spots where the team clearly needs to upgrade.
Tigers manager A.J. Hinch talks Astros, scandal and why Houston is still home
When Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said he left his Houston hotel to go for a walk and grab some coffee when he bumped into a few Astros’ fans. Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch watches during batting practice before Game 1 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Houston. The fans stuck with me all the way through that and then even through the sign-stealing issues and the fallout of that.”Houston Astros manager A.J. I will continue to apologize, not only to the Houston fans, but to all the fans around baseball, and continue to repeat how wrong it was.mlive.com
Ranking 22 Detroit Tigers questions we can’t wait to learn the answers to this season
DETROIT – Even though a playoff race isn’t in the cards for the Detroit Tigers this season, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about this team ahead of Opening Day. READ: Meet all 26 members of the Tigers’ rosterWe came up with 22 questions we can’t wait to learn the answers to over the coming months. Nobody knew who he was when the Tigers selected him in the Rule 5 draft, mostly because he missed the entire 2020 season and hasn’t played above High-A ball. An underrated part of the shortened 2020 season was Soto’s hot start. Daniel Norris #44 of the Detroit Tigers delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the game at Target Field on September 22, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Meet all 26 members of the Detroit Tigers’ roster -- surprises, spring stats, predicting roles
Spring training stats: .268/.333/.415 (.748 OPS), 1 HR, 3 2B, 4 BB, 9 SO in 18 games. Spring training stats: .225/.250/.400 (.650 OPS), 2 HR, 1 2B, 1 BB, 11 SO in 16 games. Spring training stats: .179/.281/.250 (.531 OPS), 0 HR, 2 2B, 4 BB, 8 SO in 11 games. Spring training stats: .341/.388/.432 (.820 OPS), 0 HR, 2 2B, 3 BB, 6 SO in 18 games. Spring training stats: .319/.360/.596 (.956 OPS), 3 HR, 2 2B, 1 BB, 8 SO in 19 games.
Detroit Tigers reportedly sign starting pitcher Julio Teheran to minor league deal
DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers have signed veteran starting pitcher Julio Teheran to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, according to multiple reports. Teheran opted for an NRI deal with the Tigers over a guaranteed deal elsewhere because he got a base of $3M plus $1M in games started incentives. The guaranteed deal was a low base with minimal upside. Teheran is banking on his ability to make the team out of spring training and stick in the rotation. Detroit’s pitchers and catchers reported to spring training in Lakeland earlier this week as they look forward to their first season under manager A.J.
Pressure can be a concern with baseball's top prospects
AJ Hinch's success as Detroit's manager may ultimately hinge on the performance of a few highly regarded prospects. Detroit has five of the game's top 25 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline. Right-hander Casey Mize, the top pick in the 2018 draft, made his big league debut last year and went 0-3 with a 6.99 ERA in seven starts. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)AJ Hinch's success as Detroit's manager may ultimately hinge on the performance of a few highly regarded prospects. It's a little easier to avoid those expectations when a prospect is younger and isn't likely to make the big league roster yet.
Opening Day: Detroit Tigers will open season April 1 vs. Indians at Comerica Park
Manager A.J. Hinch at his Detroit Tigers introductory press conference on Oct. 30, 2020. DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers will open the 2021 season with a home game against the Cleveland Indians on April 1, MLB announced. Hinch was hired to replace Ron Gardenhire as manager, and the team has made a handful of free agent signings. On Wednesday, the team added some depth by agreeing to minor league deals with Renato Nunez and Greg Garcia.
5 possible Detroit Tigers starting lineups that include 3 new free agent signings
DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers made a trio of free agent signings over the last month to fill holes in the everyday lineup, but there are still many questions about the starting nine. Cron at first base, Schoop at second base, Jeimer Candelario at third base and Niko Goodrum at shortstop. AdOf his 50 games started last season, Reyes hit leadoff in 34 of them. Isaac Paredes #19 of the Detroit Tigers bats during the Detroit Tigers Summer Workouts at Comerica Park on July 18, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Whether that means he’ll get chances at first base, third base or elsewhere remains to be seen.
Detroit Tigers sign steady veteran outfielder Robbie Grossman to 2-year deal
Robbie Grossman #8 of the Oakland Athletics hits a home run against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of their second game of a double header at RingCentral Coliseum on September 26, 2020 in Oakland, California. DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers have signed veteran free agent outfielder Robbie Grossman to a two-year deal, according to reports. Grossman spent the last two seasons with the Oakland Athletics after three years each with the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins. Robbie Grossman’s 2-year, $10 million deal with the #Tigers is the largest by a free-agent outfielder in this painfully slow winter. Another night of Detroit sports: Tigers prospect, Pistons top draft pick both injuredGrossman has a career .730 OPS across 2,362 at-bats.
6 new free agents Detroit Tigers should target following non-tender deadline
DETROIT – There’s a new batch of free agents this week after the non-tender deadline, and several of those players would be smart additions for the Detroit Tigers. If the Tigers are aggressive in free agency this offseason, they could find some bargains. Due to the financial losses teams experienced due to the shortened 2020 season and the COVID-19 pandemic, free agents might come at a bit of a discount ahead of 2021. READ: Detroit Tigers hire University of Michigan’s Chris Fetter as new pitching coachIn MLB’s last full season, Schwarber hit 38 home runs and 29 doubles while drawing 70 walks. Now 26, Dahl is coming off a dreadful 2020 season -- if you can even call it a season.
Detroit Tigers tender contracts to 9 players, bringing them back for 2021 season
DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers tendered contracts to all nine of their arbitration-eligible players Wednesday, meaning they will all return for the 2021 season. READ: Detroit Tigers hire University of Michigan’s Chris Fetter as new pitching coachBy tendering contracts to these players, the Tigers will now negotiate salaries for the 2021 season. Last season, the Tigers won an arbitration hearing with Fulmer, who filed for $3.4 million but ultimately earned $2.8 million for the season. Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer throws during an intrasquad baseball game, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Detroit. Jeimer Candelario #46 of the Detroit Tigers bats against the Chicago Cubs at Comerica Park on August 26, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.
Luhnow files $22M breach of contract lawsuit against Astros
Former Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the team, seeking more than $22 million in salary owed under his deal when he was fired in January. Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were suspended for the season last Jan. 13 by Manfred and fired by the Astros later that day. The team was fined $5 million and stripped of its first- and second-round draft picks in both 2020 and 2021. The contract called for disputes to go to an arbitration with Manfred or his designee, but Luhnow asked that to be set aside because of Manfred’s involvement. The lawyers say Hinch later told Manfred he failed to disclose to Luhnow the use of electronic equipment.
Tigers manager search: Who are candidates to replace Ron Gardenhire?
Acting manager Lloyd McClendon, who served as Gardenhire’s bench coach in 2020, has two separate stints as a manager in the big leagues. We’ve included several candidates who’ve interviewed three years ago, including White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing, and added a few others. He was bench coach for the Angels in 2018-2019, working under former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus in the second year. He returned to the Marlins to serve as third base coach from 2017-2019 and was bench coach for the Orioles in 2020. He was a coach, manager and instructor in the Red Sox system from 2010-2014 and worked in player development for the Braves in 2015.mlive.com