Former Tigers outfielder signs with Rangers
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Robbie Grossman has signed with the Texas Rangers, The New York Post reported Friday. The Major League deal is worth $2 million but Grossman could earn several million more in incentives. Grossman, 33, signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Tigers before the 2021 season and was one of the most impactful players on manager A.J. Even amid his struggles, Grossman was exceptional against left-handed pitching and could have a platoon role with the Rangers. Grossman is one of four players who played for the Tigers last year to sign with a new team in the last week.mlive.com
Former Tigers reliever signs with Diamondbacks
Veteran left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin, who spent the 2022 season with the Detroit Tigers, has found a new home. Chafin, 32, has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks worth a guaranteed $6.25 million. Yes, that’s a little less than the $6.5 million option with the Tigers that Chafin turned down in November. When Chafin signed with the Tigers last spring, it represented the club’s biggest investment in a reliever since signing Mark Lowe prior to the 2016 season. The Tigers have spent sparingly this winter and appear likely to enter 2023 with a lower payroll that in 2022.mlive.com
Who’s left for Tigers on depleted MLB free-agent market?
The Detroit Tigers, who had one of the worst offenses in baseball in 2022, have not been especially active so far. The Tigers still need an infielder, preferably a left-handed hitter, and an outfielder, almost certainly a right-handed hitter. Right-handed hitting catcher Eric Haase has outfield experience, but if the season started today he’d be the Tigers’ No. Chad Pinder plays solid outfield defense and mashes lefties but his walk-to-strikeout ratio won’t impress the Tigers. Lefty Andrew Chafin hasn’t yet signed with anyone, and although he’s expected to fetch far more than the Tigers are prepared to pay, he enjoyed pitching for the Tigers and the Tigers enjoyed having him.mlive.com
Tigers reliever opts for free agency
Left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin has opted to hit the free-agent market instead of exercising a $6.5 million option with the Detroit Tigers in 2023. Chafin officially elected free agency on Sunday, according to the league transactions wire. Chafin is likely seeking a similar or better deal to the one he signed with the Tigers eight months ago. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (37)Left-handed pitchers (4): Tyler Alexander, Eduardo Rodriguez, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz. They will have to be reinstated to the 40-man roster five days after the conclusion of the World Series.mlive.com
MLB offseason is here: Tigers must make cuts in next 4 days
The offseason officially begins on Sunday, the first chance for new Detroit Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris to make a meaningful mark on the Tigers’ roster. Cuts are inevitable as the Tigers will have to squeeze 47 or more players onto a 40-man roster. Free agents: Two players -- catcher Tucker Barnhart and left-handed pitcher Daniel Norris -- became free agents on Sunday, although they won’t be able to sign or talk with another team for five days. Impending minor-league free agents: Eligible minor-leaguers will become free agents on Thursday. A year ago, the Tigers placed right-hander Elvin Rodriguez on the 40-man roster to keep him from reaching minor-league free agency.mlive.com
What’s ahead for Tigers’ bullpen? Trades could alter look for 2023.
There’s something cruel about having a really good bullpen on a really bad team. So now that the Tigers finally have a good bullpen, is it time to dismantle it? Counterintuitive as it might seem, there’s a chance one or more of the Tigers’ top relievers from 2022 could be on other teams in 2023. It takes something to get something, and to improve the offense, the Tigers might have to part ways with players they like. Jason Foley and Will Vest both carved out roles in the bullpen in 2022 and are likely to be back in 2023.mlive.com
How to Watch the Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners - MLB (10/4/22) | Channel, Stream, Preview
On tap Tuesday night for the Detroit Tigers and the Seattle Mariners, a double-header between the two as the 2022 regular season winds down. Watch the Detroit Tigers on DirecTV StreamThe Tigers remain one of the hottest teams in baseball, thanks to another win against another team who has had a better season than them for the most part. DETROIT TIGERS (66-93) vs. SEATTLE MARINERS (87-72)Game 1Time: 6:10 p.m. Channel: Bally Sports DetroitStream: DirecTV StreamPROBABLE STARTERS DET: Eduardo Rodriguez (5-5, 4.02 ERA) SEA: Chris Flexen (8-9, 3.64 ERA)Game 2Time: est. Channel: Bally Sports DetroitStream: DirecTV StreamPROBABLE STARTERS DET: TBA SEA: TBACheck out more stories about the Detroit Tigers here on MLiveBuy Tigers gear : Fanatics, Amazon, LidsBuy Tigers tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Tigers games live: DirecTV StreamCheck out the MLB standings and results on MLB.commlive.com
Angels lose lead but rally to beat Tigers in 10th
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Velazquez scored on Magneuris Sierra’s bunt single in the 10th inning and the Los Angeles Angels secured their first winning homestand since early May with a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Taylor Ward scored the tying run moments earlier on a throwing error to the plate by shortstop Javier Baez, who had singled home Kody Clemens with the Tigers’ go-ahead run in the top of the 10th. Mike Trout homered in his third consecutive game for the Angels, while Mike Ford and Jo Adell hit back-to-back homers before Los Angeles blew that early 3-0 lead. Mike Mayers pitched 5 2/3 innings of four-hit ball for the Angels, with the converted reliever yielding two runs in his longest appearance of the season. Angels: Anthony Rendon might have a chance to play again this season after all.mlive.com
How to Watch the Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers - MLB (9/3/22) | Channel, Stream, Preview
On Saturday, the Detroit Tigers take the field against the Kansas City Royals, the second game of their three-game weekend series in a battle for last place in the American League Central. Watch the Detroit Tigers on DirecTV StreamOne big inning helped the Tigers open up the series on Friday night with a victory. Willi Castro ended up going 3-4 in the game, while Kreidler scored twice, getting on base twice in the victory. PROBABLE STARTERSDET: Michael Pineda (2-6, 5.27 ERA)KC: Jonathan Heasley (2-7, 5.22 ERA)Check out more stories about the Detroit Tigers here on MLiveWhat: MLB BaseballWho: Kansas City Royals (53-80) vs. Detroit Tigers (51-81)When: Saturday, September 3Time: 6:10 p.m. ETWhere: Comerica Park (Detroit, Mich.)Channel: Bally Sports DetroitStream: DirecTV StreamBuy Tigers gear : Fanatics, Amazon, LidsBuy Tigers tickets: StubHub, SeatGeek, TicketmasterStream Tigers games live: DirecTV StreamCheck out the MLB standings and results on MLB.commlive.com
Guardians score 6 runs in wild 8th inning to beat Tigers, take season series
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Guardians struck out three times and then scored six runs in a wild eighth inning that propelled them to a 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night at Progressive Field. The Tigers (45-75) and Guardians (63-55) split the four-game series, but the Tigers lost a chance to win the season series for the first time since 2015. What followed was a wild comeback: Single, double, single, double, double, intentional walk, single and, finally, another strikeout by reliever Alex Lange. The Tigers lefty hit three batters, all in the feet, and pitched into and out of trouble in the early innings. Box scoreUp nextAfter an off-day on Thursday, the Tigers open a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night at Comerica Park.mlive.com
Tigers lose 8th straight as strikeouts keep piling up
The Tigers (43-74) have now lost eight in a row, and four games in that skid have come against the first-place Guardians (62-53). But then a familiar culprit took over: Tons and tons of strikeouts. The Tigers struck out 13 times, including 10 against Guardians starter Aaron Civale. The 1-1 tie persisted until the seventh, when Tigers reliever Andrew Chafin entered with two runners one. Box scoreUp nextThe Tigers and Guardians play Game 2 of Monday’s doubleheader 40 minutes after the conclusion of the opener.mlive.com
Tigers make 2 deals, but little progress for 2023: Takeaways from MLB trade deadline
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers made two deals in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline. But it’s more likely rooted in a belief that the offseason is a better time than the trade deadline to address next year’s needs. The uncertainty surrounding Chafin’s contract in 2023 made it difficult for the Tigers to get full value in any trade. For days there was consternation among some fans that Avila and the Tigers would trade ace pitcher Tarik Skubal. The Tigers’ lack of action at the trade deadline can’t translate into to lack of action this winter.mlive.com
Post-trade Tigers’ bullpen shines in win over Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers got their first chance to show off a post-Michael Fulmer bullpen on Tuesday night at Target Field. Fulmer, now wearing a Twins uniform after he was traded before the game, watched from his new digs in the home bullpen. The Twins (54-49) and Tigers (42-63) have split the first two games and will play the rubber match on Wednesday afternoon. Schoop walked and Akil Baddoo, Greene and Javier Baez followed with three consecutive RBI singles. Box scoreUp nextThe Tigers and Twins wrap up their three-game series on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. Eastern time.mlive.com
Who else will the Detroit Tigers trade today? Last-minute predictions as deadline draws near
Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila agreed to a minor trade overnight, sending Robbie Grossman to the Atlanta Braves for a minor league pitcher. Who else will be traded away ahead of Tuesday evening’s deadline?
Tigers part ways with former 1st round pick as trade deadline looms
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers have dropped outfielder Derek Hill from the 40-man roster, possibly signalling an end to the former prospect’s eight years in the organization. The Tigers designated Hill for assignment on Monday in order to activate left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin from the restricted list. Hill, 26, was selected by the Tigers in the first round (23rd overall) in the 2014 draft. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (40)Players in bold are on the active rosterLeft-handed pitchers (4): Tyler Alexander, Andrew Chafin, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz. Restricted list (1): Left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez does not earn a salary or count against the 40-man roster while on the restricted list.mlive.com
Tigers add veteran right-hander to bullpen; Bryan Garcia sent back to Toledo
The Detroit Tigers have added a veteran arm to a bullpen that might soon be depleted by trades. He’ll take the place of Bryan Garcia, who was called up to make a spot start on Friday night. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (40)Players in bold are on the active rosterLeft-handed pitchers (4): Tyler Alexander, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz. COVID restricted list (1): Left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin will be inactive for the four games in Toronto and then rejoin the club in Minnesota on Aug. 1. Restricted list (1): Left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez does not earn a salary or count against the 40-man roster while on the restricted list.mlive.com
Tigers name surprising Friday starter; Andrew Chafin will miss Toronto series due to vax status
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have selected an unlikely starter for Friday’s game in Toronto. The Tigers were able to make the move without impacting the 40-man roster because left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin is being placed on the COVID restricted list. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (40)Players in bold are on the active rosterLeft-handed pitchers (4): Tyler Alexander, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz. COVID restricted list (1): Left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin will be inactive for the four games in Toronto and then rejoin the club in Minnesota on Aug. 1. Restricted list (1): Left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez does not earn a salary or count against the 40-man roster while on the restricted list.mlive.com
Will today be last home game for two longtime Tigers?
“I understand that (Wednesday) is our last home game before the trade deadline, and that might be a little tough,” Fulmer said. Jimenez, 27, was signed by the Tigers as an undrafted free agent out of Puerto Rico in 2013. Unlike Fulmer, Jimenez will not be a free agent this winter and has one more year of team control in 2023. This is all I know.”The downside of that familiarity is that the Tigers have not seriously contended for the playoffs since 2016. That’s why he said he’s learned to take this sport day by day and to appreciate every day.mlive.com
MLB trade deadline: 5 Tigers most likely to be dealt in next week
DETROIT -- The MLB trade deadline is approaching soon and it will be a major surprise if the Detroit Tigers don’t make at least one deal. There won’t be a perfect overlap between the players the Tigers want to trade and the players other teams are interested in. In this group, he’s the most likely to be dealt and the most likely to have some interested suitors. RHP Michael FulmerRecent history suggests one or two players -- not all five -- will be dealt before Aug. 2. RECENT TIGERS DEALS AT THE DEADLINE2021: Traded LHP Daniel Norris to the Brewers for RHP Reese Olson.mlive.com
Tigers shut out by Athletics, split doubleheader
The Oakland Athletics broke a scoreless tie with a five-run sixth inning to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-0 on Thursday night at RingCentral Coliseum. The Tigers (38-56) and Athletics (33-62) split the doubleheader, which was scheduled after a series in April was postponed due to the offseason labor dispute. The Tigers won the opener, 7-2. Tigers reliever Jose Cisnero pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his first outing of the 2022 season. Tigers right-hander Michael Pineda (2-5, 5.22 ERA) will face Twins right-hander Joe Ryan (6-3, 2.99).mlive.com
Javier Baez triples and homers, but Tigers fall to Red Sox
Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez had three hits, including a triple and a home run, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Boston Red Sox in a 5-4 loss on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. The Tigers (26-42) will try to avoid a sweep in the series finale against the Red Sox (38-31) on Wednesday. Tigers reliever Andrew Chafin entered the game having struck out six consecutive batters. But his first pitch of the sixth inning was hammered for a solo home run by Sox catcher Christian Vazquez. 😉#SomosDetroit pic.twitter.com/o2yVz4Zz61 — Tigres de Detroit (@TigresdeDetroit) June 22, 2022Box scoreUp nextThe Red Sox will aim for a three-game sweep on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. Tigers lefty Tarik Skubal (5-4, 3.13 ERA) will face Red Sox right-hander Michael Wacha (5-1, 2.28).mlive.com
Tigers’ offense shows signs of life, but White Sox win, 9-5
But it wasn’t enough to top the Chicago White Sox, who beat the Tigers 9-5 in the series opener Monday night at Comerica Park. The Tigers (24-36) and Sox (28-31) were meeting for the first time since opening the season here two months ago. It came on White Sox starter Lance Lynn’s first pitch of 2022. In the sixth, Tigers reliever Andrew Chafin committed a crucial error when he tried to nab a runner at third on a sacrifice bunt. Box scoreUp nextThe Tigers and White Sox meet for the second of three games on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. Right-hander Dylan Cease (4-3, 3.14 ERA).mlive.com
What’s the best bullpen in baseball? Here’s what Tigers’ relievers have to say.
As Detroit Tigers reliever Michael Fulmer starts running through the pros and cons of various American League facilities, teammate Alex Lange walks by. There’s not much to do down there besides hydrate.”Other traits of a good bullpen? We don’t have the best line of sight.”Tropicana Field doesn’t even really have a bullpen, but it does have a great line of sight. Tampa Bay and Oakland are the last two bullpen holdouts, largely because of stadium design rather than any aesthetic choice. Usually, for lack of a better way to say it, they’re more uptight and anxious in the dugout.mlive.com
Tigers homer 3 times to beat Twins in 10 innings
The Twins, who had their six-game winning streak stopped, loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom half. Castro hit solo home runs in the sixth and eighth innings, after going deep only nine times in his first 799 major league at-bats. His first homer off Twins starter Dylan Bundy stopped a 16-inning scoreless streak for the Tigers, who have only 25 homers in 43 games for the fewest in baseball. Wily Peralta, Joe Jiménez, Gregory Soto and Alex Lange (1-1) kept the Twins off the board after García departed. When Bundy’s curveball bounced in the dirt and skipped to the right of the catcher Sánchez, Hill aggressively raced home.mlive.com
Tigers manage just 2 hits in shutout loss to Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers managed just two hits in a dispiriting 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night at Target Field. While Twins starter Joe Ryan was dominating on the mound, outfielder Max Kepler kept padding his offensive numbers against the Tigers. He had a homer and a double in the opener on Tuesday and then added two solo homers against Tigers starter Michael Pineda on Wednesday. Box scoreUp nextThe Tigers wrap up their three-game series with the Twins on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. Eastern. Tigers lefty Tarik Skubal (1-1, 2.30 ERA) will face Twins right-hander Bailey Ober (1-1, 2.81).mlive.com
Andrew Chafin getting up to speed on Tigers: ‘I haven’t really been watching’
MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrew Chafin is joining a group of pitchers that has -- improbably -- made the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen among the best in baseball through the first two-and-a-half weeks of the season. “I’m not one to watch baseball away from baseball.”Chafin has been in Lakeland, Fla., trying to heal a groin injury that sidelined him in spring training. He was activated from the injured list on Tuesday before the Tigers opened a three-game series at Minnesota. While he’s been gone, the Tigers’ bullpen has posted an impressive 2.30 ERA in 66 2/3 innings of work, striking out 57 and walking 23. That’s what the Tigers were hoping when Chafin was signed to a two-year, $13 million deal during spring training.mlive.com
Tigers activate veteran lefty reliever for road trip
Chafin takes the spot of reliever Rony Garcia, who was optioned to Triple-A Toledo following Sunday’s game. The Tigers currently have 14 pitchers and 14 position players on their 28-man roster. Teams may now continue to carry 14 pitchers (and just 12 position players) during the month of May if they so choose. The Tigers (6-9) open a six-game road trip with three games against the Twins (8-8) beginning on Tuesday at 7:40 p.m. Eastern. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (40)Players in bold are on the 28-man rosterLeft-handed pitchers (6): Tyler Alexander, Andrew Chafin, Eduardo Rodriguez, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz.mlive.com
Tigers option another reliever to Toledo after Sunday’s game
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers optioned right-handed reliever Rony Garcia to Triple-A Toledo following Sunday’s loss to the Colorado Rockies. The Tigers are expected to activate left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin, who pitched a scoreless inning on a rehab outing with Triple-A Toledo on Sunday. If the Tigers activate Chafin on Tuesday, they will have a 28-man roster made up of 14 position players and 14 pitchers. The rosters will be sliced down to 26 -- 13 position players and 13 pitchers -- on May 2. Infielders (9): Javier Báez, Miguel Cabrera, Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro, Willi Castro, Kody Clemens, Jonathan Schoop, Zack Short, Spencer Torkelson.mlive.com
Tigers injury updates: Will Matt Manning miss his next start?
DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher Matt Manning could skip his start, manager A.J. Manning was removed from Saturday’s game in Kansas City after just two innings with mild shoulder discomfort. “The big question is whether he’s going to be available for his next start on Saturday. It’s possible that the Tigers could cobble together a bullpen game, especially if they expect Manning to miss only one or two starts. At that point, the Tigers would have to decide whether to bring him to Detroit or, if there’s no space, formally option him to Toledo.mlive.com
Tigers’ Wily Peralta, after outing in Lakeland, could be on fast track to Detroit
DETROIT -- Wily Peralta is on the fast track to Detroit. Although he didn’t get to pitch in a Grapefruit League game, he did throw two scoreless innings for Class A Lakeland on Saturday. Hinch said Peralta will now transfer to Triple-A Toledo to pitch another game or two as early as Tuesday. Instead of taking three weeks to get stretched out to start, Peralta won’t need as long to ready to pitch in relief. Chafin threw a bullpen session in Lakeland and reported that he felt the best he had all spring.mlive.com
What does Tigers’ outfield look like after injuries to Riley Greene, Derek Hill?
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The crushing news that Detroit Tigers rookie outfielder Riley Greene would miss the start of the season after breaking his foot could have created a huge opportunity for fellow center fielder Derek Hill. Hinch announced Saturday that Hill would not be ready for the start of the season after suffering a low-grade hamstring strain. Hill, 26, was the Tigers’ first-round pick in 2014 and is known for his speed and outfield defense. Now it appears the Tigers will head north with only three true outfielders: Reyes, Akil Baddoo and Robbie Grossman. Six pitchers left for five spots: Jason Foley, Rony Garcia, Will Vest, Drew Hutchison, Jacob Barnes, Chase Anderson.mlive.com
Jacob Barnes was packed and ready for Toledo. Then the Tigers told him to stick around.
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Jacob Barnes and his wife were packed and ready to head to Toledo to prepare for the start of the Mud Hens’ season. * Left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin tweaked his groin earlier this week and is now questionable to start the season. Barnes said he’s grateful for an understanding landlord in Toledo and a supportive wife, who is pregnant with their second child. “It’s good all the way around.”***The Tigers also optioned infielder Isaac Paredes to Toledo as part of Friday’s transactions. Six pitchers left for four spots: Jason Foley, Rony Garcia, Will Vest, Drew Hutchison, Jacob Barnes, Chase Anderson.mlive.com
Tigers bring back veteran reliever cut just 4 days ago
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers have optioned infielder Isaac Paredes to Triple-A Toledo, leaving just two infielders competing for a reserve spot. RELATED: Tigers’ final Opening Day roster projection -- and a bonus prediction of their roster on May 2Paredes, 23, was competing for a utility role against Harold Castro and Willi Castro this spring. But he’s a good player and he has a lot of things he can bring to a winning club. Barnes, who turns 32 next month, signed a minor-league deal with the Tigers just before the lockout in December. Seven players competing for five spots: catcher Dustin Garneau; infielders Harold Castro, Willi Castro and Spencer Torkelson; and outfielders Riley Greene, Derek Hill and Victor Reyes.mlive.com
Tigers lefty reliever scratched with groin tightness
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin was scheduled to start in Wednesday’s exhibition game against the Philadelphia Phillies but was scratched due to groin tightness. Hinch said it didn’t appear to be serious and Chafin would be put back on the pitching schedule in a couple of days. The Tigers have been remarkably free from injuries to this point in camp. Although the Tigers’ bench will remain until flux until the Tigers officially announce their decision on rookies Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson, the Tigers have more clarity on the pitching side. Five pitchers left for three or four spots: Jason Foley, Rony Garcia, Will Vest, Drew Hutchison, Chase Anderson.mlive.com
Tigers confirm signing of Michael Pineda: Will he be ready for start of season?
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Michael Pineda has always enjoyed pitching against the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers announced the signing of the veteran right-handed starter on Saturday morning. If the visa issues delay his arrival to camp significantly, he might not be ready to start the season in time. “We’re looking at it over the whole 162 games.”The signing of Pineda was the Tigers’ second post-lockout deal, and Avila said it would be the final one. March 19: Signed right-handed starter Michael Pineda.mlive.com
New Tigers reliever Andrew Chafin doesn’t care much for analytics. That’s OK with his manager.
Hinch and his staff like analytics, but he said it’s OK if you don’t speak the same language. That’s good, because Andrew Chafin doesn’t. “You either did good or you didn’t do good,” said the newly signed lefty reliever when asked to sum up his views on the subject. The Tigers signed Chafin to a two-year, $13 million deal that includes a player opt-out after the season. And if he’s a throwback who doesn’t spend a lot of time perusing data, that’s fine with Hinch, too.mlive.com
Tigers made offer for starter Zack Greinke: ‘Money was not an object’
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers targeted veteran starting pitcher Zack Greinke and made a competitive financial offer, general manager Al Avila said Thursday. Greinke ultimately signed with the Kansas City Royals, the team that drafted him 20 years ago. “In his case it was more about going back to Kansas City and the place where he started. I think it was that level of comfort that we couldn’t provide.”Avila made the comments about Greinke while talking about the broader post-lockout free-agent market. The Tigers could also pursue starters on the trade market.mlive.com
Tigers make first 2 cuts of spring training
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Ty Madden and Dylan Smith got an invitation to Major League spring training before they pitched a single inning of professional baseball. Madden and Smith became the first two cuts of training camp on Wednesday afternoon, two days before the Tigers had even played their first exhibition game. On a practical level, the Tigers also need the space in the big-league clubhouse for the new arrivals. But what a great experience for them to come right out of the draft and come into this,” said Tigers manager A.J. TIGERS’ SPRING TRAINING ROSTER (non-roster invitees italicized)Left-handed pitchers (7): Tyler Alexander, Andrew Chafin, Miguel Del Pozo, Eduardo Rodriguez, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz.mlive.com
Tigers sign veteran lefty to bolster bullpen
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers have signed veteran left-handed reliever Andrew Chafin to bolster their bullpen. He’s pitched in parts of eight big-league seasons for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics. Chafin will join closer Gregory Soto and late-inning relievers Michael Fulmer and Jose Cisnero in the back of the Tigers’ bullpen. Chafin’s signing represents the Tigers’ biggest investment in a reliever since signing Mark Lowe prior to the 2016 season. He split last season between Oakland and Chicago, posting a 1.83 ERA in 68 2/3 innings, striking out 64 and walking 19.mlive.com
Cubs clinch playoff spot, Pirates win on Stallings HR in 9th
The NL Central-leading Cubs were assured a spot in the expanded playoff field when Philadelphia was swept in a doubleheader at Washington. It was Stallings’ third home run of the season and the third game-ending hit of his career. Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer in the eighth inning had pulled the Cubs into a tie at 2-all. The Pirates took a 2-0 lead on RBI doubles by Erik Gonzalez in the second inning and Adam Frazier in the fifth. Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (1-8, 6.70) has lost five straight decisions since getting his lone win Aug. 13 at Cincinnati.
Twins clinch 2nd straight playoff spot, beat Mills, Cubs 8-1
Minnesota Twins' Jake Cave (60) runs to score on a single hit by Eddie Rosario against the Chicago Cubs during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)CHICAGO – Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sanó and Josh Donaldson homered as the Minnesota Twins clinched a second straight postseason berth with an 8-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night. The Twins, who won the division last year, will make back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 2009-10. After Mills struck out the first two batters of the game, Rosario homered on the first pitch he saw for a 1-0 lead. In the sixth, Rosario hit an RBI single for a 2-1 lead.
Dbacks bop Rockies 13-7; Blackmon hitless, drops under .500
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER Starling Marte homered and drove in four runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks battered the Colorado Rockies 13-7 Wednesday in a Coors Field slugfest featuring 34 hits, but none by blistering Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon began the game batting an astonishing .500 for the Rockies. Blackmon was on deck when Trevor Story, who doubled twice and singled, grounded into a game-ending double play. Rockies: Following an off day Thursday, the Rockies begin a stretch of 20 games in 20 days starting Friday night in a series opener against the Texas Rangers. Colorado RHP Ryan Castellani (0-0, 0.00 ERA) is slated to start against the Rangers RHP Lance Lynn (2-0, 1.16 ERA).