The Tigers introduced fans to their newest outfielder, Mikie Mahtook, at TigerFest on Saturday, three days after his trade from the Rays. But the former Rays first-round pick needed no introduction to Comerica Park.
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The mood among fans who made their way to Comerica Park for TigerFest on Saturday seemed to reflect the weather. They had no way to know it would be this warm when they purchased all the available tickets in December.
Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. The tragic news was confirmed by his agency, ISE Baseball, and the Royals. Ventura was 25 years old.
Nobody was more frustrated by Jordan Zimmermann's injury-plagued first season in Detroit than him. After a couple of visits with a neck specialist, Zimmermann thinks they finally have it solved.
Tigers general manager Al Avila said, "It behooves us to keep this club together moving forward, keep it as good as we can to be competitive."
Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.
Team Venezuela is adding firepower to its already star-studded World Baseball Classic roster, with Ender Inciarte, Alcides Escobar, Martin Prado, Victor Martinez and Sandy Leon all expected to represent the country in the upcoming Classic, according to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi.
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Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez see each often enough over the past couple of offseasons that they feel like family. And yet, when they were seated next to each other Thursday at the media session that begins the Tigers' annual Winter Caravan, Cabrera could've hugged his teammate. He was that happy to see him back at Comerica Park.
It doesn't matter when a player is elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame once he gets in. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez are the latest members, and they all shared the same sentiment on Thursday: They are just grateful to be there.
Ivan Rodriguez was the superstar who led the Tigers' charge from worst to first in just three years. He needed only one year on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot to get into Cooperstown.
Ivan Rodriguez received 76 percent of the Hall of Fame vote in large part because of his prowess behind the plate, where he caught nearly 2,500 games, led his league in caught-stealing percentage nine times and won 13 Gold Glove Awards. Here is a look at just some of the most memorable and accomplished batterymates Rodriguez had through the years.
The Tigers made a move to improve their options in center field, but it wasn't one of the veteran names on the free-agent market. Instead, Detroit acquired former first-round Draft pick Mikie Mahtook from the Rays on Wednesday in exchange for a player to be named or cash.
The Dominican Winter League finals began Thursday as Aguilas Cibaenas defeated Tigres del Licey, 4-3, in Game One of the best-of-nine series. Despite going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the contest, Tigres shortstop Sergio Alcantara has been one of the circuit's hottest hitters in the postseason as well as a major reason his team has reached the finals
The Tigers will visit the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, honor a fallen police officer, visit patients at DMC Children's Hospital, work as celebrity servers at Hard Rock Café and check out cars at the North American International Auto Show as part of their annual Winter Caravan on Thursday-Friday.
JaCoby Jones, seen by many as the Tigers' center fielder of the future, could end up wearing the same number as their center fielder of 2016. It was just a coincidence, he said, that he had number 4 -- which Cameron Maybin wore for Detroit last year -- during his stint in the Arizona Fall League.
Anthony Bass grew up in Trenton, Mich., and played college baseball at Wayne State University, where he trained for several winters. He still dreams of pitching one day for the Tigers, which may not be far-fetched as he wades through free agency this offseason.
The Tigers report to Lakeland, Fla., for Spring Training in four weeks, but they'll be a familiar sight -- and sound -- back in Michigan. The team will telecast seven Grapefruit League games on FOX Sports Detroit, and 21 radio broadcasts on 97.1 WXYT.
The Tigers will go another winter without an arbitration hearing. The team avoided arbitration with one-year contracts for third baseman Nick Castellanos, utilityman Andrew Romine, shortstop Jose Iglesias and relievers Alex Wilson, Justin Wilson and Bruce Rondon.
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With their offseason of more discussion than deals nearing an end, the Tigers continue to look for a center fielder on the market. Judging from general manager Al Avila's comments, that search seems likely to take until Spring Training.
The Tigers aren't going to trade veteran players just to shed salary, general manager Al Avila re-emphasized Tuesday. And if they can't find the return they want, they're poised to enter 2017 with a team that looks a lot like it did in '16.
Joe Jimenez will get his opportunity to face Major League hitting this Spring Training. So, too, will fellow Tigers relief prospect Adam Ravenelle. The two hard-throwing right-handers, cornerstones in the Tigers' efforts to build a bullpen through player development, are among 22 of the club's Minor Leaguers issued non-roster invites to Major League camp.
The Tigers officially announced Minor League contracts with 22 players, including seven non-roster invites to Spring Training, as they try to build depth in their system.
Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.
As general manager Al Avila tries to fill a void in center field, and as Austin Jackson looks to rekindle his career following knee surgery -- there's a chance for an offseason reunion.
Kirk Gibson is finally headed to the Hall of Fame -- for the gridiron.
Angel Nesbitt will get another chance at redemption with the Tigers this spring. The club outrighted the right-handed reliever to Triple-A Toledo on Friday after he cleared waivers, having been designated for assignment two weeks ago.
Quick study? No question. In the decade he was in his prime, everything about Ivan Rodriguez was quick.
The quiet Tigers offseason, if it carries over into Spring Training, will leave a lot of familiar names in the lineup come Opening Day. That's the upside of Detroit's inability to find common ground on trades in the team's long-term movement to get younger and leaner.
The Tigers are having a very quiet offseason on the pitching front. But they could have a big addition this spring if Jordan Zimmermann can report to Spring Training feeling like his old self.
Four weeks have passed since Brad Ausmus forecast a quiet Tigers winter rather than an offseason shakeup. A month later, the only Major League move the Tigers have completed since early November is the return of catcher Alex Avila, signed to a one-year, $2 million contract two weeks ago.
Long after Christmas stockings have been emptied, the Tigers continue stocking their Spring Training camp with non-roster invites, this time adding to their crop of relief candidates. Detroit has agreed to terms with veteran right-hander Edward Mujica on a MKinor League contract with an invite to big league camp.
Change is coming to the Tigers, as general manager Al Avila warned in September. But change isn't here yet. At some point, 2017 will be the year of change for the Tigers.
Here are some of the pitchers who, since the rule's institution in 1979, surprisingly didn't get the five percent they needed for a second year on the Hall-of-Fame ballot.
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For the Tigers, 2016 was a season of rebound and renewal, starting with their offseason dealings for proven talent and ending with the success of young prospects. In the end, however, it was a season just shy of a return to the postseason.