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Tigers Owner: Money Doesn't Matter, I Want Titles

Dec 1, 2015 5:55 AM

Mike Ilitch is willing to spend whatever it takes for the Detroit Tigers to win the World Series.

"It's all I think about," Ilitch said.

The owner revealed in a news conference announcing Detroit's signing of Jordan Zimmermann that general manager Al Avila has the green light to spend at will during free agency.

"I think I proved that," Ilitch said. "I've been in baseball for a lot of years. I didn't care about spending money. They get the players, and I spend, and I don't worry about it because they have good judgment."

Ilitch admitted he'd be open to crossing the luxury tax threshold if the payroll continued to escalate and the market required such a commitment.

"Well, I'm supposed to be a good boy and not go over it, but again, if I'm gonna get certain players that can help us a lot, I'm going to go over it," he said before conceding this strategy was frowned upon. "Oops, I shouldn't have said that."

Katie Strang/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

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Tigers, Jordan Zimmermann Agree To $110M Deal

Nov 29, 2015 1:59 PM

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a five-year, $110 million deal with Jordan Zimmermann, according to a source.

The contract is pending the completion of a physical exam.

Zimmermann joins Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez atop Detroit's starting rotation.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Report: Tigers In Serious Talks With Jordan Zimmerman

Nov 29, 2015 1:29 AM

The Tigers and right-hander Jordan Zimmerman are progressing in discussions on a free-agent contract, according to a Fox Sports report on Saturday.

The talks between the free agent starter, who has pitched for the Nationals his entire career, and the Tigers are "serious," according to the report.

In 2015, he went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA and made a career-high 33 starts.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Minors HR Leader Mike Hessman Retires To Pursue Coaching

Nov 28, 2015 8:40 PM

Minor league home run king Mike Hessman says he is retiring as a player and will pursue a career as a coach.

Hessman confirmed his decision in a text to The Associated Press on Saturday.

Hessman became the career home run leader for U.S.-based minor leagues in August when he hit a grand slam to pass Buzz Arlett with his 433rd homer.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Lloyd McClendon To Manage Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens

Nov 24, 2015 7:03 AM

The Detroit Tigers have hired Lloyd McClendon to manage the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.

The Mud Hens saw longtime manager Larry Parrish retire after this past season.

"It's an honor to come back to the Detroit Tigers organization," McClendon said in a statement. "I've been to Fifth Third Field many times in the past. It's a wonderful ballpark and the fans are outstanding. It should be a very enjoyable summer for us."

McClendon was dismissed by the Seattle Mariners last month.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

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Tigers Acquire Cameron Maybin From Braves

Nov 21, 2015 1:29 AM

The Tigers have acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Braves in exchange for left-handers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier. 

Maybin, 28, returns to the organization that drafted him. The Tigers took Maybin in the first round in 2005, and he made his major league debut for Detroit in 2007 before being traded to the Marlins as a key prospect in the deal that brought Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Tigers Interested In Bringing Back Doug Fister

Nov 19, 2015 8:22 AM

The Detroit Tigers are among the teams interested in free-agent pitcher Doug Fister.

Fister is coming off a poor season that saw his velocity dip and him lose his place in the starting rotation for the Washington Nationals.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Joakim Soria Eyeing Three-Year, $27M Deal

Nov 18, 2015 8:20 PM

Joakim Soria is seeking a three-year deal in the $27 million range, according to a report.

Soria, who turns 32 in May, is considered the second-best reliever on the free agent market next to Darren O'Day.

O'Day is reportedly looking for a four-year deal worth as much as $36 million.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Tigers Acquire Francisco Rodriguez From Brewers

Nov 18, 2015 4:49 PM

The Detroit Tigers have acquired Francisco Rodriguez in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Rodriguez tallied 38 saves in 40 chances and had a 2.21 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 57 innings last season for the Brewers.

"It's something that me and my family are looking forward ... knowing a little bit more about my future, where I'm going to be at next year," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez, who turns 34 in January, is due $5.5 million in 2016 with a $6 million option for 2017 that includes a $4 million buyout.


Tags: Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Tigers Increase Analytics Department

Nov 16, 2015 9:13 AM

The Detroit Tigers have expanded their analytics department under general manager Al Avila.

The department has gone from one to three people, with "a couple of consultants outside the office and a few interns."

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

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Tigers Interested In Signing Hisashi Iwakuma
The Tigers haven't revealed all their targets, but general manager Al Avila acknowledged on Tuesday that they have interest in Hisashi Iwakuma.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tigers Will Meet With Soria's Representatives This Week
The Tigers traded Joakim Soria to the Pirates at this summer's non-waiver deadline, but Dave Dombrowski was in charge of personnel at the time.

Tony Paul/Detroit News

Tigers Decline Opton On Joe Nathan For 2016
Joe Nathan has a $1 million buyout on his deal that Detroit will have to pay.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Daniel Norris Has Successful Surgery, Says He's Cancer Free
Daniel Norris says he's had successful surgery on the cancerous growth on his thyroid.

Associated Press

Rich Dubee To Become Detroit's Pitching Coach
Rich Dubee, 58, was a longtime pitching coach for the Phillies before joining the Braves organization as a minor league pitching coordinator in 2013.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Torii Hunter Retiring After 19 Seasons
Torii Hunter told the Star Tribune he began the year believing this would be his last in baseball, and he wants to focus on his family, with two of his sons playing college football.


Daniel Norris Diagnosed With Thyroid Cancer
Daniel Norris revealed Monday that he has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo surgery this offseason.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Tigers, J.D. Martinez Have Mutual Interest In Extension
J.D. Martinez, 28, is entering his second season of arbitration eligibility after earning $3 million last year.

Chris Iott/MLive

Rajai Davis Wants To Remain With Tigers
Rajai Davis would like to remain with the Tigers, but the decision isn't entirely up to him.

Chris Iott/MLive

Tigers To Retain Brad Ausmus As Manager
Brad Ausmus said he was both "excited and relieved" to learn of the news.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Tigers Players Back Discipline Of Bruce Rondon
With that said, Rondon's teammates would welcome him back with open arms if he uses this disciplinary action to work on those areas that appear to be lacking.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Tigers Send Bruce Rondon Home, Cite 'Effort'
The move was a mutual decision by Brad Ausmus and general manager Al Avila.


Verlander Wishes Fans Were More Positive
Tigers pitching ace Justin Verlander is a big believer in positive energy.

Mets, Tigers Agreed On Cespedes Trade Minutes Before Deadline
The July 31 trade that saw the Tigers send Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets was agreed on just minutes before the deadline.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tigers Haven't Made Decision On Brad Ausmus
The Tigers say they haven't made a decision regarding the future of Brad Ausmus despite reports that they plan to fire him as manager after the season.


Report: Brad Ausmus To Be Let Go By Tigers
The Tigers will dismiss Brad Ausmus as manager at the end of the season, according to a report by WDIV-TV's Bernie Smilovitz.

Jason Beck/MLB

Verlander Disappointed, But Not Complaining
Justin Verlander and the Tigers lost 4-0 to the Indians on Sunday.

Jose Iglesias Out Two Weeks With Fractured Finger
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has a chip fracture in his right middle finger.

Brad Ausmus On Hot Seat In Detroit
Brad Ausmus is in jeopardy of losing his job as manager as the Tigers occupy last place in the American League Central.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Justin Verlander Loses No-Hit Bid In Ninth
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander threw a one-hit shutout at the Angels on Wednesday night.

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