Detroit Tigers Wiretap

Justin Verlander In Favor Of Eliminating DH Entirely

Feb 24, 2017 2:50 PM

The designated hitter has long been a source of controversy in baseball. The American League adopted the rule in 1973 and there have been questions as to whether the National League should finally add it or it should be removed entirely.

On Thursday, Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays asked on Twitter what rule changes his followers would like to see in Major League Baseball.

Justin Verlander replied to Archer, saying: "I'd like to see the AL and NL have the same rules. Same for everyone. I vote NL rules."

In 47 career plate appearances, Verlander has hit .081/.081/.081.

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

Mike Ilitch, Owner Of Tigers And Wings, Dies At Age 87

Feb 11, 2017 10:19 AM

Mike Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers and who won praise for keeping the professional sports teams in the city as others relocated to new suburban stadiums, has died. He was 87.

His family released a statement saying Ilitch died Friday at a local hospital. They called him a visionary who set the tone for his company and his family.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Legal, Misc Rumor

Dodgers Casting Wide Net In Search Of Second Baseman

Jan 20, 2017 7:51 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to search for a second baseman and have begun to search beyond a trade with the Minnesota Twins for Brian Dozier.

According to sources, L.A. is even searching beyond Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers and Logan Forsythe of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers have spoken to the Texas Rangers about Jurickson Profar.

The Dodgers could also turn back to Chase Utley.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Verlander Happy Tigers Didn't Trade During The Offseason

Jan 15, 2017 1:18 AM

Justin Verlander says he's happy that rumors of a big Tigers selloff this offseason proved to be just that -- rumors.

In an interview with MLB Network Radio on Friday, Verlander says he's happy that Detroit has held on to its key players entering the 2017 season.

"It would have been upsetting to me if we started trading away everybody. I'm too old to be part of a rebuilding process. But they kept saying wholeheartedly that we're not doing a rebuild, we're trying to do smart baseball decisions, and if we can't make those decisions, we're not going to blow up the team. I believed them."

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

Tigers, Andrew Romine Agree To $1.3M Deal

Jan 13, 2017 6:39 AM

The Detroit Tigers have avoided arbitration with Andrew Romine by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million deal for 2017.

Romine played every position besides catcher last season for the Tigers. He hit .236/.304/.322 in 174 at-bats.

Associated Press

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Yankees, White Sox Aren't Discussing David Robertson

Dec 28, 2016 9:41 AM

Rumors circulated on Tuesday that the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox were in talks on a trade involving Jose Quintana and David Robertson.

A source told that talks between the two clubs haven't advanced very far and the New York Post reported that Robertson wasn't involved in the talks either.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Tags: New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tigers Bring Back Alex Avila, Agreeing To One-Year Deal

Dec 24, 2016 2:17 AM

The Detroit Tigers are bringing back catcher Alex Avila on a one-year contract worth $2 million.

Avila says he is excited for the opportunity to back up James McCann.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Record Six Teams To Pay Luxury Tax This Season

Dec 17, 2016 1:37 AM

A record six teams are paying baseball's luxury tax this season, led by the Dodgers at $31.8 million and the Yankees at $27.4 million.

The Red Sox ($4.5 million), Tigers ($4 million), Giants ($3.4 million) and the World Series champion Cubs ($2.96 million) also were sent bills Friday by the commissioner's office, according to information obtained by The Associated Press.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Legal, Misc Rumor

Tigers Haven't Put Francisco Rodriguez On Trade Block

Dec 14, 2016 10:11 AM

Francisco Rodriguez isn't on the trade block as the Detroit Tigers look to shed payroll this offseason.

However, that doesn't mean the Tigers won't look to deal him at midseason.

"If things were right, if the timing was right, would he be a guy we'd look to trade?" Al Avila said. "Yeah. A veteran guy in the last year of his contract, there might be a good situation down the road."

The Tigers picked up Rodriguez's $6 million option for 2017 after he notched 44 saves in 49 chances, posting a 3.24 ERA and 1.13 WHIP this past season.

Anthony Fenech/Detroit Free-Press

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tigers Have Received Calls About Victor Martinez

Dec 1, 2016 8:32 AM

The Detroit Tigers have received calls about Victor Martinez as they look to get younger and shed payroll.

Martinez will turn 38 later this month and has two years and $36 million left on his contract.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tigers Have Placed High Asking Prices On Veterans
The Tigers want to shed salary, but have placed high asking prices on a number of their expensive, veteran players.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Ian Kinsler Won't Waive No-Trade Clause Without Extension
Ian Kinsler isn't interested in waiving his no-trade clause unless his new team reaches an agreement on a contract extension with him.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tigers, Dodgers Have Discussed Ian Kinsler Trade
Ian Kinsler has a partial no-trade clause that will impact talks.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Giants, Tigers Could Be Match On J.D. Martinez Trade
The Tigers are looking to trim payroll and the Giants need a corner infielder, which may make a J.D. Martinez trade an option.

Jason Beck/MLB

Michael Fulmer Named AL Rookie Of The Year
Michael Fulmer was named the American League's Rookie of the Year on Monday night, besting Gary Sanchez and Tyler Naquin.

RealGM Staff Report

Tigers Want To Shed Payroll, Get Better At Same Time
Al Avila says the Tigers will shed payroll this offseason while also attempting to get better on the field.


Tigers Will Have 'Wide Open Competition' In Center Field
After trading Cameron Maybin to the Angels, the Tigers plan to hold a "wide open competition" in center field.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Angels Acquire Cameron Maybin From Tigers
The Angels, who plan to play Cameron Maybin in left field, also announced that they will exercise his $9 million contract option for 2017.


Al Avila: 'Changes Are Coming' To Tigers
Al Avila told reporters that the Tigers will look to shake up their approach to roster building this winter.

Evan Woodbury/MLB

Tigers Exercise Option To Bring Back Brad Ausmus
The Tigers have exercised their option on the contract of Brad Ausmus for the 2017 season, according to multiple reports.


Tigers To Meet With Brad Ausmus This Week
Brad Ausmus says the club hasn't told him whether it plans to exercise his 2017 option.

Jason Beck/MLB

Miguel Cabrera Gets 2,500th Career Hit
Tigers star Miguel Cabrera became the 100th player in major league baseball history to reach the milestone.

Tigers To Give Michael Fulmer Three More Starts
Michael Fulmer has already pitched 21 more innings than he did in 2015.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Tigers Will Skip Jordan Zimmermann's Next Start
Jordan Zimmermann will pitch a simulated game on Wednesday.


Tigers Deny Foul Play On Start Time Against Red Sox
The Tigers insist the decision to deny the Red Sox's request to push back Thursday's 1:10 p.m. start time was not a vindictive one.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Nick Castellanos Suffers Fractured Left Hand
Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos left Saturday's game at the end of the fourth inning due to a non-displaced fracture in his left hand.

Tigers Monitoring Michael Fulmer's Pitch Counts, Not Innings
The Tigers want to avoid working Michael Fulmer too hard, but they have changed the way they evaluate his workload this summer.

Jason Beck/MLB

Jordan Zimmermann Has Clean MRI, Likely To Avoid DL
Brad Ausmus said Jordan Zimmermann was experiencing tightness in his lat muscle and was sent for tests by the Tigers.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Anthony Gose Has Heated Argument With Triple-A Manager
Tigers brass is currently evaluating what to do next and will huddle with Lloyd McClendon.

Edwin Encarnacion Drops Appeal Of Suspension
Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion sat out Sunday's game against the Tigers.