Slumping Tigers, swept by Twins, have now lost 8 of last 10 games
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Detroit Tigers still aren’t scoring runs, and their fielding isn’t looking so hot, either. The Tigers committed four errors -- including three in one inning -- in a 7-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Thursday afternoon at Target Field. The Tigers (6-12) were swept by the Twins (11-8) and have lost five games in a row and eight of their last 10. That was also the last batter faced by Twins starter Bailey Ober, who left the game with groin tightness. Twins star shortstop Carlos Correa had gone 0-for-10 with four strikeouts against the Tigers until he hit a two-run double in the fifth to break the game open.mlive.com
LEADING OFF: Balkovec up; Scherzer, Freeman, Correa debut
Rachel Balkovec is set to become the first woman to manage a minor league affiliate of a major league team Friday when her Class-A Tampa Tarpons in the New York Yankees’ organization face the Lakeland Flying Tigers in the Florida State League.
LEADING OFF: Opening day! Guardians debut, Ohtani and Braves
Cubs veteran Kyle Hendricks is set to deliver the first pitch of the season against Corbin Burnes and Milwaukee at Wrigley Field just past 2:20 p.m. EDT, the first of seven games still on the calendar amid rainy forecasts across the country.
MLB's free-agent frenzy cools with big names off market
Major League Baseball's free-agent frenzy was fun while it lasted. Now that the dust has settled, some of the biggest moves weren't a huge surprise: Freddie Freeman is closer to home with the Dodgers, Nick Castellanos chose the Phillies while Trevor Story picked the Red Sox. Other signings were more unexpected: The Twins swooped in to snag star shortstop Carlos Correa while Kris Bryant surprised most of baseball after his big deal with the Rockies.news.yahoo.com
Tigers react to Carlos Correa signing: ‘Kudos to the Twins’
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Carlos Correa not only didn’t sign with the Detroit Tigers this winter, he made their path in the American League Central Division considerably harder. The Tigers reportedly offered a 10-year, $275 million deal before lockout. When Correa decided to wait, the Tigers pivoted to shortstop Javier Baez. Correa ended up signing a three-year deal worth $105.3 million. “As a matter of fact when I was reading it, I was saying to myself, ‘Kudos to the Twins, kudos to Correa.’ That’s just the way it goes.mlive.com
After Carlos Correa’s signing, the AL Central just got really interesting
If Correa has a decent season in 2022 he will almost certainly test the market again next winter. The deal puts the Twins’ entire offseason -- and the American League Central division race -- in a whole new light. Correa rejected the deal, which was understandable, as Corey Seager had just fetched 10 years and $325 million from the Texas Rangers. But the post-lockout market never materialized as Correa hoped, and he was forced to settle for a short-term deal. The Chicago White Sox will be the consensus pick to win the Central, but the Twins may have signed their way into the No.mlive.com
Former Tigers reliever is MLB’s first post-lockout signing
Who did you expect to be the first player signed to a Major League deal after the transactions freeze was lifted? You probably didn’t guess former Detroit Tigers reliever Drew VerHagen. VerHagen, 31, agreed to a two-year deal with the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, becoming the first player to sign a post-lockout contract. The Tigers selected VerHagen out of Vanderbilt University in the fourth round of the 2012 draft. He pitched parts of six seasons in the big leagues from 2014-2019, mainly as a reliever.mlive.com
MLB spring camps open, Bieber in Guardians gear, Vlad Jr set
Cleveland ace Shane Bieber limbered up in Guardians gear, Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. began taking grounders and new St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol signed autographs as spring training camps in Florida and Arizona finally opened to big leaguers.
Tigers made big push for Carlos Correa in November. He’s still available in MLB free agency 2.0.
The Detroit Tigers made a strong push for star shortstop Carlos Correa before the lockout, but ultimately settled for a suitable and far cheaper consolation prize. When Correa opted to wait for a better deal, the Tigers pivoted to Javier Baez, signing him to a six-year, $140 million contract just before the deadline. The Tigers’ reported offer to Correa was 10 years and $275 million deal: Respectable and competitive but below the 10-year, $325 million deal signed by Corey Seager with the Texas Rangers. But MLB Network’s Jon Morosi added a new wrinkle on Friday, reporting the Tigers’ offer was even more competitive than originally believed. Morosi wrote that the Tigers’ 10-year deal included a whopping three opt-out clauses, allowing Correa various escape routes.mlive.com
MLB free agency is back: Who should Tigers sign?
The Tigers showed interest in Correa, but ultimately settled for shortstop Javier Baez on a six-year, $140 million deal. Post-lockout, a one-year deal is looking more and more realistic. He might be available on a one-year deal, although he’ll probably seek a second year. The Tigers couldn’t promise him a rotation spot, but maybe a nice minor-league deal would entice him to cool his heels in Toledo until he is needed in Detroit. He won’t be available on a minor-league deal, but he should be signable on a very reasonable one-year for a player of his caliber.mlive.com
If MLB strikes a deal this weekend, what happens next?
There will be a fairly significant meeting on Saturday between Major League Baseball and its players’ union. In his comments on Thursday, Manfred also expressed his optimism that Opening Day -- currently set for March 31 -- would go on as planned. It’s possible that all Manfred’s talk was just talk, players will summarily reject the offer and we’ll be back at square one. Don’t worry -- the rest of the 40-man roster is under team control, so they’re not going anywhere. Normally arbitration hearings would be going on right now for players who couldn’t reach an agreement with their club.mlive.com
What about that brunch with Carlos Correa? ‘I didn’t realize it was a big deal,’ Hinch says.
Hinch was referring to his well-photographed meeting at a Houston restaurant with free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa, perhaps the most coveted player on the market this season. Hinch, who still lives in Houston during the offseason, managed Correa and the Houston Astros from 2015-2019 and is still friends with his former player. “I didn’t realize it was as big a deal as it was,” he said. The Tigers have money to spend and a vacancy at shortstop and Correa is the best one on the market. General manager Al Avila said Hinch played a role in landing Rodriguez and has been crisscrossing the country to aid the Tigers’ efforts.mlive.com
Tigers in middle of MLB shortstop market filled with intrigue
This winter’s shortstop market has been compared to a game of musical chairs more than once. Or will a shortstop be left without a team (at least a team willing to sign him at a market rate)? They’re reportedly interested in re-signing Corey Seager but otherwise have no plans to engage with the high-end shortstop market. What this all means for the larger shortstop market is unclear. But the shortstop market -- because of the number of players and teams involved -- might be more complicated.mlive.com
Star free agent Carlos Correa spotted dining with Tigers manager in Houston
Want tangible evidence that the Detroit Tigers’ pursuit of top free-agent shortstop Carlos Correa is for real? An alert diner snapped photographs of Correa dining with Tigers manager A.J. Hinch, who still lives in Houston during the offseason, managed Correa and the Houston Astros from 2015-2019. Correa, 27, is perhaps the most coveted free agent on the market and could command a contract of 10 years and $300 million or more. Shortstop is the primary spot left to fill on their winter wish list.mlive.com
Carlos Correa rumors: Did Astros make a lowball offer?
But it’s safe to say that the deal reportedly extended to shortstop Carlos Correa by the Houston Astros is not going to get the job done. Carlos CorreaMy pick: 10 years, $300MJim Bowden (The Athletic): 10 years, $300MMLB Trade Rumors: 10 years, $320MCurrent median prediction: 9 years, $297M2. Corey SeagerMy pick: 8 years, $256MJim Bowden (The Athletic): 10 years, $320MMLB Trade Rumors: 10 years, $305MCurrent median prediction: 8 years, $245M3. Marcus SemienMy pick: 4 years, $100MJim Bowden (The Athletic): 5 years, $148MMLB Trade Rumors: 6 years, $138MCurrent median prediction: 4 years, $110M5. Javier BaezMy pick: 5 years, $105MJim Bowden (The Athletic): 6 years, $172MMLB Trade Rumors: 5 years, $100MCurrent median prediction: 5 years, $100Mmlive.com
MLB 2021-2022 offseason calendar: Key dates to know this winter
Nov. 7: Major League free agents may sign with any club beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 8: Finalists for all Baseball Writers Association of American awards announcedNov. 9-11: MLB General Managers Meetings in Carlsbad, Calif.Nov. 15: Rookie of the Year winners announcedNov. 16: Manager of the Year winners announcedNov. 17: Cy Young Award winners announced. Feb. 26, 2022: Tigers open Grapefruit League season in Lakeland, Fla., against Washington Nationals. March 31, 2022: Tigers open regular season against the Mariners at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. April 8, 2022: Tigers’ home opener at Comerica Park against the Chicago White Sox.mlive.com
Atlanta fans celebrate Braves' World Series win
Fans celebrated outside the Atlanta Braves' home stadium after the Braves beat the Houston Astros 7-0 on Tuesday night in Game 6 of the World Series. The Braves won the World Series four games to two, taking their first championship since 1995. (Nov. 3)news.yahoo.com
World Series defeat could mark end of era for Astros
Carlos Correa stood on the steps of the dugout watching as Yuli Gurriel grounded out to end Game 6 of the World Series before slowly walking away and heading into Houston's clubhouse for what could be the last time. Atlanta’s 7-0 win over the Astros to win the World Series on Tuesday night could mark the end of an era in Houston. After losing Gerrit Cole and George Springer in free agency the last two years, Houston now faces the distinct possibility that Correa will soon be gone, too.news.yahoo.com
Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros - World Series: Game 6 (11/2/21) | How to Watch, Start Time
The Fall Classic is living to see another day, that thanks to a big rally in game five from the Houston Astros that helped propel them over the Atlanta Braves, forcing a game six, and sending the World Series back to Houston. On Sunday night, the Braves looked to crown themselves champions early, thanks to an Adam Duvall grand slam in the first inning. The Astros would add a couple of insurance runs late in the game to secure a 9-5 win. Watch the World Series on FuboTV (7-day free trial)Carlos Correa and Gurriel each went 3-5 at the plate, with Correa driving in two runs, scoring one himself, while Gurriel crossed home plate twice in the victory. What: World Series (Game 6)Who: Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros (Braves lead 3-1)When: Tuesday, November 2Time: 8:09 p.m.mlive.com
2021 World Series Game 5: Correa, Astros rally past Braves 9-5, cut WS deficit to 3-2
ATLANTA (AP) — Just in time, Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros broke out the bats. Staggered by Adam Duvall’s grand slam in the first inning, Correa and Alex Bregman ended their slumps in a hurry. They kept swinging, refusing to let their season slip away and rallying past the Atlanta Braves 9-5 early Monday to cut their Series deficit to 3-2. Correa, moved up to third in the lineup for Game 5 while Bregman was dropped to seventh, delivered three hits. Correa gained attention earlier this postseason for marking big hits by pointing at his wrist, where a watch might be.mlive.com
The Latest: Astros force series back to Houston with 9-5 win
Carlos Correa had three hits, Martin Maldonado found three different ways to drive in runs and pinch-hitter Marwin Gonzalez blooped a tiebreaking, two-run single in the fifth inning to lead the Houston Astros over the Atlanta Braves 9-5 and cut their World Series deficit to three games to two.
Swing, then miss it: MLB pitchers could bat for final time
Grinning the whole time, Zack Greinke slipped into his Astros warmup jacket, joked with Freddie Freeman and got a friendly pat from the Atlanta star first baseman. Because after Game 5 of the World Series, they could become almost extinct. There’s a good chance Major League Baseball will bring the designated hitter to the National League next year — likely forever.news.yahoo.com
Soler, Braves overcome Morton injury, top Astros in Game 1
Making his first start since testing positive for COVID-19, Jorge Soler became the first player to begin a World Series with a home run and the Atlanta Braves, despite the loss of pitcher Charlie Morton to a broken leg, hushed the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 1.
Tigers mailbag: How much is too much for a shortstop?
Most of you really liked the way-too-early Detroit Tigers’ 2022 lineup projection posted earlier this month. That’s probably because it was so optimistic: The Tigers would sign one of the “big five” free-agent shortstops and the No. But a lot of you are skeptical that the Tigers will dole out big bucks for a big-name shortstop, and many of you aren’t entirely sure that they should. So, not only could the Tigers do a lot worse than Iglesias, they have done a lot worse than Iglesias. That said, if the Tigers miss on one of their big targets, I think Iglesias would be far down the list of Plan Bs.mlive.com
Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros - ALCS: Game 2 (10/16/21) | How to Watch, Start Time
After an exciting opening game to the American League Championship Series, the Houston Astros look to build off their come from behind win, and take on control of the best-of-seven against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. Boston grabbed a 3-1 lead after a big third inning where Enrique Hernandez hit his first home run of the postseason. Nathan Eovaldi steps in for the Red Sox. Watch the MLB Playoffs on FuboTV (7-day free trial)What: American League Championship Series (Game 2)Who: Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros (Astros lead 1-0)When: Saturday, October 16Time: 8:07 p.m. ETWhere: Minute Maid Park (Houston, Texas)Channel: FOX (4K), Fox Sports 1, FOX DeportesStream: FuboTV (7-day free trial), Sling, DirecTV StreamCheck out the MLB Playoffs results heremlive.com
Correa prepares for what could be final run with Astros
Carlos Correa seems resigned to what now appears inevitable. A Houston Astro since he was 17, his time with the team is probably approaching its expiration date — likely to end when the club's playoff run does. Correa becomes a free agent after the season and the Astros seem unwilling to pay him what another team surely will.news.yahoo.com
AL batting champion Gurriel lifts Astros over A's 7-6
AL batting champion Yuli Gurriel hit a winning RBI single in the ninth inning, and the AL West champion Houston Astros headed to the postseason with a 7-6 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. Gurriel hit .319 and became Houston’s second player to win a batting title after Jose Altuve in 2014, ’16 and ’17.news.yahoo.com
Correa, Astros clinch AL West, open playoffs vs White Sox
Jose Altuve got straight to the point when asked what Carlos Correa means to the Houston Astros after his mighty swing launched them into the playoffs Thursday night. Correa hit his career-high 25th homer with a three-run shot and the Astros clinched the AL West with a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. “That sounds pretty special," Correa said.news.yahoo.com
Siri, McCormick rally AL West-leading Astros past D-backs
Jose Siri and Chas McCormick hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning, rallying the AL West-leading Houston Astros over the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Sunday. Carlos Correa also homered as the Astros held their comfortable division lead over Oakland. Houston won for the fourth time in five games and cut Tampa Bay’s lead for the best record in the AL to 3 ½ games.news.yahoo.com
Hey Siri! Astros rookie homers twice in 15-1 win at Rangers
Hey Siri, this was a first start to remember after all of those years working to get to the majors. Jose Siri homered twice and added a two-run single while becoming the first big league player since RBIs became official in 1920 to have two homers and five RBIs in a first career start as the AL West-leading Houston Astros overwhelmed the last-place Texas Rangers 15-1 on Monday night. “I feel really happy, I feel really proud of myself to be able to accomplish that," Siri, who finished 4 for 5 and scored three times, said through a translator.news.yahoo.com
Correa hits RBI double in 10th, Astros rally past M's 5-4
Carlos Correa drove in the winning run in the 10th inning after Alex Bregman tied the game in the ninth, and the Houston Astros rallied past the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Tuesday night. Correa greeted Yohan Ramirez (1-3) with a ground-rule double to right-center, scoring Yuli Gurriel, who started the inning at second. “It was an important outing for us knowing that they have been playing great baseball,” Correa said.news.yahoo.com
The Tigers desperately need a shortstop. So why are fans booing one of the best in baseball?
DETROIT -- When Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was booed and heckled mercilessly this weekend by a portion of Detroit Tigers’ fans, it was initially difficult to understand why. But here’s another reason the heckling was so tone-deaf: The Tigers desperately need a shortstop and Correa will be one of the best free agents on the market this winter. Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons was mentioned among the best defensive shortstops ever in his prime. He certainly is a short-term defensive upgrade for the Tigers, who have the worst shortstop defense in baseball as measured by Defensive Runs Saved. So it’s a fair bet that the Tigers will need a shortstop this winter, and there’s no reason not to aim high.mlive.com