Who will Tigers keep? Final major deadline for roster decisions is Friday.
The final important deadline on the early postseason calendar is Friday, when teams must decide whether to tender contracts to players not already under contract for 2023. The Tigers began the offseason with 12 arbitration-eligible players and have already parted ways with three of them. “Those decisions are really tough, especially for me because I don’t know these players as well as most presidents know their players,” Harris said earlier this month at the GM Meetings in Las Vegas. There are other factors that must be weighed by Harris: The Tigers like Cisnero, but he’ll turn 34 in April. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (40)Left-handed pitchers (5): Tyler Alexander, Eduardo Rodriguez, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz.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
Tigers winter roster decisions: Who’s back? Who’s on the bubble? Who’s out?
Drew Hutchison’s exit from the Detroit Tigers’ roster happened so fast that we didn’t even have a chance to include him on the “really vulnerable” list for this offseason. That’s the first thing to remember as you peruse the list below: Many of the most vulnerable players actually had pretty decent years. But baseball is a business, and a variety of factors beyond the playing field can impact a player’s roster status. So any player who survives the initial roster pruning could still be vulnerable later in the winter, even going into next spring. If the Tigers decide to add a veteran catcher this winter -- or even if they don’t -- Sanchez could be vulnerable.mlive.com
12 Tigers would be due $30.6 million in arbitration, projections say
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers’ 12 arbitration-eligible players are due $30.6 million, according to projections released Monday. The Tigers must decide by Nov. 18 whether to tender their 12 players contracts for 2023. If the Tigers offer them a contract, they’re committed to resolving it through the arbitration process if necessary. The Tigers arbitration-eligible players are listed below, with their service time in parenthesis. Everybody else -- Cisnero, Reyes, Castro and Castro -- is probably on the bubble.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
Tigers put another starting pitcher on IL; reliever Jose Cisnero returns
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have placed rookie starting pitcher Beau Brieske on the 15-day injured list with forearm soreness prior to Thursday’s games. The Tigers currently only have three starters in their rotation: Tarik Skubal, Michael Pineda and Drew Hutchison. Rony Garcia should also be nearing a return from the injured list and the Tigers hope that Matt Manning won’t be too far behind him. Cisnero was reinstated from the 60-day injured list five days ago but experienced a death in his family just moments later. Brieske has unexpectedly logged the second-most innings on the team this year behind Tarik Skubal.mlive.com
Tigers’ Jose Cisnero leaves team after death in family; rookie reliever recalled from Toledo
“This morning I got a call that Jose Cisnero had a family emergency and was leaving the team immediately,” said Tigers manager A.J. The unfortunate news came shortly after Cisnero had been formally activated from the injured list and the Tigers had designated right-hander Drew Carlton for assignment. Cisnero, 33, was one of the Tigers’ most effective relievers in 2021 but had been on the injured list since spring training. He was added to the 40-man roster this winter to protect him from being selected in the Rule 5 Draft. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (40)Players in bold are on the active rosterLeft-handed pitchers (5): Tyler Alexander, Andrew Chafin, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz.mlive.com
Tigers make 2 moves as Jose Cisnero returns from injured list
CLEVELAND -- The Detroit Tigers have made a series of moves to pave the way for reliever Jose Cisnero’s return from the injured list. The Tigers optioned right-handed pitcher Elvin Rodriguez to Triple-A Toledo after Thursday night’s game. On Friday, the Tigers designated right-handed reliever Drew Carlton for assignment.mlive.com
MLB trade deadline: Which Tigers could be targets?
The season isn’t even halfway over and we’re already talking about who the Detroit Tigers might sell off before the MLB trade deadline on Aug. 2. This was supposed to be the year that the Tigers would look to bolster their roster for the stretch run instead of unloading players. Since transitioning to a full-time relief role last season, he’s posted a 2.66 ERA in 98 innings, striking out 101. Given the Tigers’ recent history of missed trade windows (on Fulmer and Matthew Boyd), maybe this is the time to pull the trigger. RECENT TIGERS DEALS AT THE DEADLINE2021: Traded LHP Daniel Norris to the Brewers for RHP Reese Olson.mlive.com
Busy week of Tigers transactions will start on Tuesday
By this time next week, the Detroit Tigers will likely have five or six new faces -- or, more accurately, old faces -- on the roster. The moves could start as early as Tuesday, when the Tigers open a brief two-game series in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. To make room for Meadows, the Tigers would likely option infielder/outfielder Kody Clemens back to Triple-A Toledo. Outfielder Robbie Grossman, placed on the IL one week ago with neck stiffness, should start a rehab assignment this week and be back in Detroit by the weekend. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (40)Left-handed pitchers (7): Tyler Alexander*, Andrew Chafin, Sam Howard, Eduardo Rodriguez*, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Joey Wentz.mlive.com
Tigers have 14 on injured list: Our best guess when each player will return
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers’ injury list is so long that even coaches are joining it. By the end of next month, more than half of the 13 or 14 Tigers currently on the injured list should be back in action. Best guess on return: June 7Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Tyler Alexander throws during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Detroit. Best guess on return: July 1Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Casey Mize throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. Best guess on return: 2023Riley Greene takes batting practice during a spring training workout in Lakeland, Fla., on March 15, 2022.mlive.com
Ex-Tiger Isaac Paredes surprised by trade to Rays, but embracing new start
The Tigers traded Paredes to the Rays along with the No. On the same day Paredes was recalled by the Rays, Meadows was placed on the injured list by the Tigers. Paredes was preparing to start the season in Triple-A Toledo when outfielder Riley Greene suffered an injury, prompting the Tigers to trade for Meadows. After spending nearly five years in the Tigers organization, Paredes said he was caught off guard by the trade. Paredes said he was grateful for his time with the Tigers but also excited about the fresh start.mlive.com
Where are they now? A look back at Tigers’ Opening Day roster from last year
Hinch’s first Detroit Tigers’ team won’t be on his second. A dozen players from last year’s Opening Day roster are still here in 2022. Year-to-year roster turnover is normal in baseball, so the Tigers’ changes aren’t exceptional. Here’s a look at last year’s Opening Day roster and where they are today:On Tigers’ 2022 Opening Day roster (12): Miguel Cabrera, Jeimer Candelario, Harold Castro, Jonathan Schoop, Akil Baddoo, Robbie Grossman, Victor Reyes, Tarik Skubal, Casey Mize, Gregory Soto, Michael Fulmer, Tyler Alexander. RELATED: How the 2022 Tigers’ roster was built: Where they’re from and how they got heremlive.com
Tigers make flurry of moves to set Opening Day roster
The Detroit Tigers set their Opening Day roster on Wednesday with a series of moves, the most significant of which involved an injury to reliable veteran reliever Jose Cisnero. Cisnero was placed on the 60-day injured list with a right shoulder strain although he had pitched in spring training as recently as Sunday. To accommodate the addition of Torkelson, Vest, Hutchison and Barnes to the 40-man roster, the Tigers place three players on the 60-day injured list. * On the 10-day injured list. Two late-arriving pitchers -- Michael Pineda and Wily Peralta -- are getting work in Toledo and Lakeland, respectively.mlive.com
Veteran Tigers reliever could start season on injured list
TAMPA, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers reliever Jose Cisnero may be the latest pitcher added to a growing early-season injury list. Hinch said Cisnero, who got a late start this spring, reported some soreness after his last outing on Sunday. Rony Garcia and rookie Elvin Rodriguez are the only two pitchers left in camp who are also on the 40-man roster. The Tigers have one remaining non-roster invitee -- veteran Chase Anderson -- but it would be more complicated to add him to the 40-man roster. “He’ll get that first experience, first time to a big stadium, the third deck, the first outing,” Hinch said.mlive.com
Tigers reach deals with 7 players, but could face Spencer Turnbull in arbitration battle
LAKELAND, Fla. -- The Detroit Tigers reached deals with seven arbitration-eligible players but appear ready to “go to trial” with injured starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull. Players eligible for arbitration have spent between three and six years on an MLB active roster. In most cases, players and clubs reach a deal on their own without having to resort to arbitration. The Tigers and Turnbull are allowed to continue negotiating up until the arbitration hearing, but the Tigers and many MLB clubs are known for a “file and trial” policy. His 2023 salary will be similar or identical to his 2022 salary, meaning a victory in arbitration could ultimately be worth $1.55 million.mlive.com
Tigers place Jose Cisnero on IL, call up rookie reliever
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have placed veteran right-handed reliever Jose Cisnero on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow laceration. Cisnero, 32, had been one of the Tigers’ most reliable relievers in 2021 but struggled mightily in his last two outings, seeing his ERA balloon from 2.67 to 3.65. Hinch said after Sunday’s game that it was possible that Cisnero was dealing with arm fatigue. TIGERS’ 40-MAN ROSTER (39)Players in bold are on the 28-man active roster. Right-handed pitchers (15): Drew Carlton, Jose Cisnero*, Alex Faedo**, Jason Foley, Michael Fulmer, Kyle Funkhouser, Bryan Garcia, Drew Hutchison, Joe Jimenez*, Alex Lange, Matt Manning, Casey Mize, Wily Peralta, Nivaldo Rodriguez, Jose Ureña.mlive.com
Tigers rally twice to top Rays in 11 innings
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers lost their lead in the eighth but rallied twice to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 in 11 innings Sunday at Comerica Park. The wild finish gave the Tigers (68-76) a series victory over the Rays (89-54), who maintain a healthy lead in the American League East. pic.twitter.com/IZFAAeDbwj — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 12, 2021The Tigers led 2-1 entering the eighth inning, when the scoring quickly accelerated. Miggy is 25 hits away from 3000. pic.twitter.com/m8JNvs5c0T — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 12, 2021No runs crossed the plate in the ninth, although both teams came close. pic.twitter.com/w0sQ8iRD5j — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 12, 2021Earlier in the game, the Tigers scraped together a couple of runs against one of the game’s top young pitchers in 21-year-old Luis Patiño.mlive.com
Jonathan Schoop’s grand slam leads Tigers past first-place Rays
DETROIT -- Jonathan Schoop thought he was hit by a pitch to force in the game-tying run in the seventh inning. S C H O O PLAM pic.twitter.com/RKmy4IfJ6U — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 11, 2021That grand slam was so nice, we had to post it twice. pic.twitter.com/gnWqcJC3Zu — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 11, 2021The Tigers took their first lead in the sixth inning, when Jeimer Candelario drove in two runs with his MLB-leading 40th double of the season. pic.twitter.com/ke6pTu8xW2 — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 11, 2021But the excitement was short-lived, as Rays pinch-hitter Ji-man Choi answered with a bases-clearing, three-run double in the top of the seventh inning to give the Rays a 4-3 lead. pic.twitter.com/4LsqVWG17A — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 11, 2021Miguel Cabrera had singles in first two at-bats, extending his streak of consecutive hits to nine plate appearances.mlive.com
Tigers come back to beat Blue Jays in 10 innings
The Tigers (59-65) snapped a four-game losing streak, while the Blue Jays (63-57) have lost six of seven. The Jays’ only run came on Vladimir Guerrero’s 36th home run of the season, a solo shot to right in the fourth. Tigers relievers Jose Cisnero and Gregory Soto pitched into and out of trouble in the eighth and ninth innings after Alexander departed. pic.twitter.com/pywvEyb4hM — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) August 21, 2021The Tigers managed little against Jays starter Robbie Ray, who struck out 11 and didn’t issue a walk in eight innings, the longest outing by any Toronto pitcher all year. BOX SCOREUp next: The Tigers and Jays meet again on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. Tigers right-hander Wily Peralta (3-2, 3.70 ERA) will face Jays lefty Hyun Jin Ryu (11-6, 3.72).mlive.com
Tigers rally twice to tie, but fall to Twins in 10 innings
The Detroit Tigers rallied to tie the game in the ninth before falling to the Minnesota Twins in 10 innings Monday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Tigers trailed 5-3 when the Twins ran into bullpen problems in the ninth. The Tigers were down 2-0 when Jonathan Schoop reached on a two-out single in the sixth inning against Twins starter Michael Pineda. pic.twitter.com/ebUFvfC9w3 — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) July 27, 2021The tie was short-lived. Up next: The Tigers and Twins meet again on Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. Tigers lefty Tyler Alexander (1-1, 4.24 ERA) will face Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda (4-4, 4.63).mlive.com
As MLB deadline looms, here are Tigers’ top 5 trade candidates
With five days until the MLB trade deadline, the market is starting to heat up. He is without a doubt the Tigers’ most logical trade piece, because of his production and his expiring contract. But the Tigers have already won the trade, giving up almost nothing and getting something potentially useful in return. Cisnero is the Tigers’ best sell-high candidate, as most of the others are off limits (Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, Akil Baddoo, for example). The Tigers will trade Schoop if they find an offer that intrigues them.mlive.com
Tigers midseason report card: ERA down and hopes up for pitching staff, despite shaky bullpen
RELATED: Tigers’ midseason report card for hittersWhen things have gone wrong in 2021, the bullpen has been one of the main culprits, posting a 5.43 ERA (compared to 4.22 for starters). However, taken as a whole, the Tigers’ pitching staff is vastly improved compared to last season, when it had a league-worst 5.63 ERA. Some of the youngsters who contributed to that inflated ERA a year ago are now earning A’s and B’s in our report card below. Soto (4-1, 3.00 ERA/ 3.61 FIP, 4.05 xFIP/ 36 IP, 21 BB, 43 K, 3 HR/ 1.1 bWAR, 0.6 fWAR) was the Tigers’ lone All-Star representative. Alexander (1-1, 4.31 ERA/ 4.48 FIP, 4.55 xFIP/ 39.2 IP, 10 BB, 36 K, 7 HR/ 0.4 bWAR, 0.1 fWAR) is barely mentioned, it seems.mlive.com
Trade Jonathan Schoop at deadline? Not for nothing, Tigers manager says
Don’t take for granted that the Detroit Tigers will move players on expiring contracts before the July 31 trade deadline. If they do, expect general manager Al Avila to drive a hard bargain. He also sent a message to fans that, even with the Tigers out of the playoff race, there wouldn’t be a summer tear-down. “If some team wants to come and offer Al something, I’m sure he’ll listen and he’ll be fair about it,” Hinch said. “But we’re not going to give away our players to a closer-to-contending team than people see us to be.”mlive.com
Hard-working, hard-throwing Jose Cisnero has become big part of Tigers’ bullpen
DETROIT -- It was spring training of 2019 and Jose Cisnero was a little-known reliever who had been invited to camp on a minor-league contract. But Cisnero was confident he could catch the eye of Detroit Tigers’ coaches just as he had done for scouts that winter in the Dominican Republic. Cisnero pitched reasonably well in his debut with the rebuilding Astros in 2013 and was called up to help bolster the bullpen in late April the following year. Cisnero said he’s been able to consistently approach and sometimes touch 100 mph since returning from his Tommy John surgery. Since May 17, Cisnero, Soto and Fulmer have combined for a 1.33 ERA in 40 2/3 innings with 11 walks and 46 strikeouts.mlive.com
Tarik Skubal strikes out 11 as Tigers top White Sox
Tarik Skubal struck out a career-high 11 batters and Eric Haase hit two home runs as the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field. Haase hit a two-run homer in the second and a solo shot in the fourth against White Sox starter Lucas Giolito. The Tigers had the lead when Skubal exited, but the White Sox quickly clawed back two runs against an ineffective Derek Holland in the sixth. Up next: The Tigers (24-34) wrap up a four-games weekend series in Chicago with one more game against the White Sox (35-23) on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. The Tigers are expected to activated right-hander Jose Ureña (2-4, 4.14 ERA) to make the start against White Sox right-hander Dylan Cease (3-2, 3.79).mlive.com
Believe it or not, Tigers are no longer in last place: 4 takeaways from their 4-game win streak
“He’s never gotten the at-bats at the Major League level that his minor-league track record has warranted,” Tigers manager A.J. ***Jeimer Candelario during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park in Detroit on May 13, 2021. But it’s also likely because the Tigers were striking out at an unsustainably ridiculous pace that was bound for a correction. (Allison Farrand / Detroit Tigers) (Photo used with permission)Allison FarrandNot only are the Tigers no longer the worst team in baseball, they’re no longer in last place in the American League Central Division. ***Jose Cisnero #67 during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan on May 13.mlive.com
Tigers’ sputtering offense squanders brilliant outing by Matthew Boyd
DETROIT -- Matthew Boyd had an another brilliant start but the Detroit Tigers’ sputtering offense could do little to support him in a 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park. “We’re better than how we’ve played and we’re getting it handed to us pretty often right now,” said Tigers manager A.J. For as good as Boyd was, Royals starter Brady Singer may have been even better. TREAT YO SELF pic.twitter.com/c6VrJjr3SP — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 24, 2021Aside from that, the Tigers didn’t score or threaten to score during any of Singer’s seven innings. A second run scored later in the inning on a throwing error by Victor Reyes.mlive.com
Tigers sweep away early-season worries with decisive series in Houston: 4 key takeaways
With three games against the red-hot Astros in Houston, it was easy to foresee a disaster ahead. Now the Tigers are 6-6 and heading out west for four games against the Oakland Athletics with anticipation, not dread. The Tigers ended up beating the Astros 6-4 on Wednesday, but the game was not without its tense moments. Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. throws against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Houston. The situation became even stranger when Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers was said to be “sick as a dog” by manager Dusty Baker.mlive.com
Is Gregory Soto the Tigers’ closer? 5 things we learned about A.J. Hinch’s bullpen
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers don’t have an official closer, but it was no surprise to see who entered the game when the first save situation arose on Opening Day. We should pause here to point out that new Tigers manager A.J. (Soto) needed to refocus his his energy, make sure he was in a good place mentally,” Hinch said. It all ended happily enough when Hernandez popped out to end the game, but Soto didn’t bolster his case to be formally named closer. This is only notable because there was a stretch in Houston in which Hinch had zero left-handed pitchers in his bullpen.mlive.com
Miguel Cabrera blasts homer, Tigers win snow-filled Opening Day
Tigers starter Matthew Boyd pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and overcoming four walks. Top 6th: After giving up a broken-bat, two-out single, Matthew Boyd gave way to Jose Cisnero, who recorded the final out of the sixth. Top 5th: Matthew Boyd walked two more batters but escaped with a fifth scoreless inning. Top 2nd: Matthew Boyd got his first strikeout, setting down Josh Naylor in the middle of a 1-2-3 inning. pic.twitter.com/bKrBSgwrd5 — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 1, 2021Top 1st: With thick flurries obscuring the field, Matthew Boyd pitched a scoreless first, overcoming a hard-hit double to left by second baseman Cesar Hernandez.mlive.com
Tigers’ Opening Day 2021: Live updates from Game 1 vs. Indians
The Detroit Tigers open the 2021 season on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. at Comerica Park against the Cleveland Indians. Left-hander Matthew Boyd will start for the Tigers against reigning American League Cy Young winner Shane Bieber. Top 6th: After giving up a broken-bat, two-out single, Matthew Boyd gave way to Jose Cisnero, who recorded the final out of the sixth. Top 2nd: Matthew Boyd got his first strikeout, setting down Josh Naylor in the middle of a 1-2-3 inning. pic.twitter.com/bKrBSgwrd5 — Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 1, 2021Top 1st: With thick flurries obscuring the field, Matthew Boyd pitched a scoreless first, overcoming a hard-hit double to left by second baseman Cesar Hernandez.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.
Predicting all 26 players who will make the Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day roster
C Wilson RamosConfidence: LockRole: Starting catcherThere’s a legitimate three-way battle to back up Ramos, but everyone knows who the starter will be. AdSS Willi CastroConfidence: LockRole: Starting shortstopThere are going to be some defensive miscues, especially on the throw. As a result, the Tigers will have an extra roster spot to play with -- that’s why there will be 27 names on this list. He bet on himself and won, allowing just three runs while striking out 15 batters in 11 spring innings. If we’re being honest, a conversation about Baddoo as a starter feels more justified than a conversation about earning a roster spot.
Tigers bullpen throws 5 shutout innings and has radar gun sizzling early in spring
The starting pitcher, Spencer Turnbull, really wasn’t bad either. Joe Jimenez, Derek Holland, Jose Cisnero, Gregory Soto and Alex Lange each pitched a scoreless inning in the game. Cisnero struck out two batters in the fifth while sitting at 96 and 97 mph, while Soto struck out the side in the sixth, reaching 98 and 99 mph on the radar gun. But the 31-year-old journeyman was one of the Tigers’ steadiest relievers in 2020, posting a 3.03 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings. Turnbull allowed two runs in his two innings of work, but he struck out three and featured a very live fastball for such an early part of spring training.mlive.com
Ranking all 72 Tigers on their chances of making the team (hint: Miggy is still No. 1)
Candelario is now a critical element of the Tigers’ lineup, whether he’s playing first or third or a little bit of both. But he was a steady presence in the Tigers’ bullpen in 2020 and they’d like to see if he can do it again in 2021. If the Tigers opt to keep Rule 5 Draft pick Akil Baddoo (29), Castro’s path to a roster spot will be a lot tighter. After Teheran, the veteran non-roster invitees most likely to win a roster spot are probably Erasmo Ramirez (34) and Derek Holland (35). Fans would love it, but top prospects Spencer Torkelson (66) and Riley Greene (67) aren’t going to make the team.mlive.com
Tigers’ bullpen has some big arms and hopes to grow some more
It worked better than you might expect in 2020, and the Tigers hope for the same in 2021. TIGERS IN 2021: This is the second in a series of profiles on the Detroit Tigers’ organizational depth heading into the 2021 season. Bryan Garcia and Joe Jimenez have been groomed from the get-go as relievers, but Gregory Soto is a failed starter who has found his niche in his new role. On the 40-man roster: Beau Burrows, Jose Cisnero, Buck Farmer, Kyle Funkhouser, Bryan Garcia, Joe Jimenez, Alex Lange, John Schreiber, Gregory Soto. Possible assignments:Detroit: Bryan Garcia, Joe Jimenez, Buck Farmer, Jose Cisnero, Gregory Soto, John Schreiber.mlive.com
Tigers’ Gregory Soto will come to spring training with a championship
A year ago, Gregory Soto used a strong season in the Dominican winter league to boost his case for a spot in the Detroit Tigers’ bullpen. This year, with his job in Detroit largely secure, he’ll come to spring training with a championship. Soto’s club, Águilas Cibaeñas, defeated the Gigantes del Cibao Monday night in Game 7 of the championship series. The Águilas fought back from a 3-1 deficit to win their 22nd Dominican league title. Soto pitched two innings in Game 7, allowing one run (a home run) with two walks and two strikeouts.mlive.com
Tigers reach deals with 9 players for combined $25 million
The Detroit Tigers will not square off in an arbitration fight with any of their players this year. The Tigers reached deals with all nine arbitration-eligible players on Friday. MLBTR predicted that the nine arbitration-eligible Tigers would earn between $19.9 million and $27.9 million. The Tigers came in on the high end at roughly $25 million, although all nine deals were within MLBTR’s estimated range. Players get increasingly expensive as they gain more service time and salary cuts are very rare in the arbitration system.mlive.com
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.
The Tigers tendered a contract to every eligible player. Is that a good sign for this winter?
Take relievers Buck Farmer and Jose Cisnero, who will be 30 and 32 years old, respectively, during the 2021 season. Perhaps $1 million for Cisnero and closer to $2 million for Farmer. The six pitchers under contract are: Matthew Boyd, Michael Fulmer, Daniel Norris, Buck Farmer, Jose Cisnero and Joe Jimenez. Farmer, Cisnero and Jimenez will be the veterans in the bullpen. The fact that the Tigers decided to stand pat offers hope that maybe this winter won’t be as bleak as expected.mlive.com
Tigers must decide future of 9 players by Wednesday
The Detroit Tigers have nine arbitration-eligible players and, in a normal year, it’s likely that all nine of them would be back in 2021. Players who are not offered a contract are said to be “non-tendered.” They become free agents and can sign with any team. Here’s a closer look at the Tigers’ arb-eligible players with their predicted 2021 salaries using three different methods from MLB Trade Rumors (explained in greater deal here). (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.comGROUP 2Players who will be non-tendered if the Tigers see them merely as easily replaceable, league-minimum-type players. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)APGROUP 3Players who will be non-tendered if the Tigers believe their salary in 2021 will no longer be commensurate with their projected role.mlive.com
Tigers' 2020 report card: Pitching numbers were ugly, but better days could be ahead
The Tigers' team ERA has gone from 4.58 in 2018 to 5.24 in 2019 to a league-worst 5.63 in 2020. Detroit Tigers pitcher Tarik Skubal throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Minneapolis. Detroit Tigers pitcher Casey Mize throws to a Minnesota Twins batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Minneapolis. Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer throws against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. Detroit Tigers pitcher Gregory Soto throws during an intrasquad baseball game in Detroit, Monday, July 13, 2020.mlive.com
10 positives to take away from Detroit Tigers season when looking toward future
DETROIT – As ugly as the final 25 games were for the Detroit Tigers, the shortened 2020 season went about as well as anyone could have hoped. Candelario finished the season in a 1-23 slump with six walks and 10 strikeouts, then landed on the 10-day injured list. But overall, his .297/.369/.503 season is much closer to what the Tigers hoped he would become. Willi Castro #49 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Daz Cameron #41 after a 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on September 19, 2020, in Detroit, Michigan. Gregory Soto #65 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Comerica Park on July 31, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.
Tigers lose to Indians at Comerica Park
DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers lost to the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park Sunday. The first game -- also against the Indians -- was won by the Tigers Saturday. Carlos Carrasco allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings, and Jose Ramirez homered twice to lift the Cleveland Indians to a 7-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Matthew Boyd (2-7) was perfect through four innings for the Tigers, but the Indians scored three runs in the fifth. The Indians took the lead on Jordan Luplow’s RBI single, and Delino DeShields added a two-run single that inning.
Detroit Tigers trade deadline: Everyone on roster who has trade value and players they wouldnt move
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers are certainly a team to watch at this years strange trade deadline. These are the players the Tigers likely wouldnt trade because they want to build around them for the future and they wouldnt get equal value in return. Other playersThe rest of the players on the Tigers roster fall into four possible categories: role players, players whove lost value because of rough seasons, question marks and Miguel Cabrera. Some players might have had some trade value if they were having strong seasons, and they might regain value in the future. The chance that they become decent contributors outweighs their modest trade value.
Imagining 8 trades Detroit Tigers could make with 8 different teams ahead of next weeks deadline
Considering the 2020 season is only 60 games long, rental players wont be worth as much ahead of Mondays deadline. Tigers prospect breakdowns:Its a unique season and we dont really know what the deadline will bring. Heres a look at eight possible trades with eight different teams who could be interested in some of the Tigers assets. Sports world to Detroit fans: No, you have not yet suffered enoughThe catcher spot has been a disaster in 2020. Austin Romine has been solid for the Tigers this season and would cost next to nothing as a 25-game rental.
Detroit Tigers should consider trading pitchers to Yankees for Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar
On Thursday, the Yankees optioned Miguel Andujar to their alternate training site, where hell join former top prospect Clint Frazier in intrasquad games and workouts. Trade returnJust because Andujar and Frazier cant break the Yankees starting lineup doesnt mean theyre scrubs. In that full season, Andujar hit 27 home runs and 47 doubles in 149 games with a low strikeout rate and a .297/.328/.527 slash line. Andujar has shown what he can do in a full season, and Frazier deserves a chance to validate his prospect pedigree. But with Miguel Cabreras contract the only post-arbitration deal on the books after this season, the Tigers have plenty of money to spend.
Detroit Tigers reveal final 30-man roster for Opening Day
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers revealed their final 30-man Opening Day roster for the 2020 season Thursday, just hours before the noon deadline. The Tigers had most of their roster figured out before the second round of spring training began, but there was still competition for the final bullpen and reserve spots. They had on-and-off moments throughout summer camp, and the Tigers could have gone with higher upside choices such as Shao-Ching Chiang or Nolan Blackwood. MORE: Did we see the Tigers Opening Day lineup on Tuesday? Greiner, Lugo and Mercer earned the final three spots over more exciting options such as Willi Castro and Derek Hill.
Detroit Tigers send 19 players to Toledo -- 37 left competing for 30 roster spots
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers sent 19 players to their alternate training site in Toledo on Monday, leaving 37 players to battle for 30 Opening Day roster spots. READ: How will the Tigers fill their final rotation spots after the Jordan Zimmermann injury? Haase and Rogers were fighting for what figured to be two or three catcher spots on the roster. That means seven of these 13 players will also be sent to Toledo or the taxi squad, while six make the roster. Lets assume its 11, leaving four bullpen spots and two reserve spots open.
Predicting the full Detroit Tigers 30-man roster one week before the season begins
DETROIT It almost doesnt seem real, but one week from Friday is the start of what could be the strangest Detroit Tigers season ever. Roster makeupPredicting the roster for a team like the Tigers -- with so many unproven players fighting for jobs -- is tricky even in a normal year. READ: Here are the players included on the Detroit Tigers spring training rosterMLB expanded rosters by one spot before the pandemic, allowing teams to carry 26 players. He gave up way too many runs, but hes looked better in both spring training segments. Reyes was much better than Stewart during spring training in March, when the latter struggled to make any solid contact.
5 ways Detroit Tigers appear to be much better this year after week of intrasquad games
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers have offered live streams of their intrasquad games for about a week now, and while the rules are loose and the results come with an asterisk, its blatantly obvious this team is much better than a year ago. READ: Predicting the full Tigers 30-man roster one week before the season beginsBack in February, I predicted that the Tigers could be 15-20 games better than their 47-114 record this season. After watching the Tigers intrasquad games from Saturday through Thursday (five games total), here are five positive observations. Cron of a home run during the Detroit Tigers' intrasquad game July 13, 2020, at Comerica Park. Cron #26 (L) of the Detroit Tigers is greeted at home plate by teammate Jonathan Schoop #8 after he hit a home run during the Detroit Tigers Summer Workouts at Comerica Park on July 11, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.
Here are the 58 players included on the Detroit Tigers spring training roster
DETROIT The Detroit Tigers have released their initial Club Player Pool, including 58 players who can participate in spring training. Schwindel was one of the nice success stories of spring training in March. Willi Castro could benefit from the extra roster spots, but Lugo feels like someone who could still end up on the outside looking in. ProspectsThese are the players Tigers fans are most anxious to see, and for good reason. Dingler made the cut just weeks after being the teams second-round draft pick, but hell likely just get some work in Toledo.