Detroit Tigers Wiretap

Tigers Haven't Had Any Talks With Scherzer

Dec 12, 2014 8:56 AM

The Detroit Tigers and Max Scherzer haven't held any contract talks, according to Dave Dombrowski.

"I guess anything can happen," the general manager said, "but we're not in active pursuit at this time. We're happy with our starting pitching. Again, we love him, but as I said at the time, we were the sole club that could sign him last spring. It didn't work. I don't think our odds improve with 29 other clubs that could potentially try to sign him."

Jason Beck/MLB

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Tigers, Porcello Discussed Extension Prior To Trade

Dec 12, 2014 8:49 AM

The Detroit Tigers "briefly discussed" a contract extension beyond the 2015 season with Rick Porcello before he was traded to the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, according to the pitcher's agent.

Jim Murray, Porcello's agent, said the trade wasn't a result of unsuccessful contract extension talks.

"Rick thoroughly enjoyed being a part of such a classy organization and I can assure you that he was not traded based on anything to do with contract talks," Murray said.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mets Wouldn't Trade Young Pitchers For Cespedes

Dec 12, 2014 8:44 AM

The New York Mets inquired with the Boston Red Sox about Yoenis Cespedes toward the end of the season, but were told the asking price would be Zack Wheeler or Jacob deGrom.

New York was unwilling to discuss the two young pitchers, ending talks before they really began.

The Red Sox dealt Cespedes to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday for Rick Porcello.

David Lennon/Newsday

Tags: New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Reds Deal Alfredo Simon To Tigers

Dec 11, 2014 1:49 PM

The Cincinnati Reds have traded Alfredo Simon to the Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers will send shortstop Eugenio Suarez and pitching prospect Jonathan Crawford to the Reds.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Reds, Tigers Discussing Starting Pitcher

Dec 11, 2014 11:00 AM

The Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers are discussing a trade that would send a starting pitcher to the American League.

The two clubs could be close to an agreement. Discussions are separate from Detroit's trade with the Boston Red Sox involving Yoenis Cespedes and Rick Porcello.

The Reds have a number of starting pitchers entering the final year of their contracts.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Tigers, Red Sox Will Swap Porcello, Cespedes

Dec 11, 2014 10:55 AM

The Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox have agreed to a trade involving Yoenis Cespedes and Rick Porcello.

Two additional players will head to Detroit along with Cespedes, including right-hander Alex Wilson.

Porcello is arbitration-eligible for the final time this offseason. Cespedes has one more year on his contract.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Tigers Won't Have Chance To Match Offers Scherzer Receives

Dec 11, 2014 9:44 AM

The Detroit Tigers won't have a chance to match any offer Max Scherzer might receive as a free agent.

"This is not church bingo," agent Scott Boras said. "You pretty much are in the market on a player. You tell all the teams and everyone involved that he can sign at any time. He's open to signing at any time.

"If we get in a room and we carry out a negotiation and he's pleased with it, it can be done without notice at any time."

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Source: Masterson Close To Deal With Unknown Team

Dec 11, 2014 8:45 AM

Justin Masterson is nearing a contract agreement with an unknown club, according to a source.

Masterson has been linked to the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers most recently.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Boras Compares Scherzer To Peyton Manning

Dec 11, 2014 8:35 AM

With interest in Max Scherzer expected to increase, agent Scott Boras has compared the free agent to a sure-fire NFL Hall of Famer.

"Max is kind of a Peyton Manning No. 1-type of guy," Boras said. "He's always on the information train to improve himself and evaluate his market.

"Last year he turned down a deal (with Detroit) for seven years and $160 million. He looked at the markets. We have a new revenue structure in the game. We're well over $9 billion (in revenues) and he really wanted to have the opportunity for choice -- to see what teams were interested in him. Going into this, we knew there really wasn't going to be any other pitcher who would impact his free-agent pursuit."

With Jon Lester off the market, Scherzer is considered the best available pitcher.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Sergio Romo Talking With Giants, Tigers

Dec 10, 2014 11:12 AM

The San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers are in talks with Sergio Romo as the reliever market intensifies.

Romo may be the best reliever left on the market.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Yankees Acquire Gregorius To Replace Jeter
The Yankees have acquired Didi Gregorius in a three-team deal with the Diamondbacks and Tigers.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Tigers Receiving Heavy Interest On Porcello, Price
On Thursday it was reported that the Red Sox could offer up Yoenis Cespedes in exchange for Rick Porcello.

Jason Beck/MLB

Rangers Making Push For Torii Hunter
Hunter could make a decision on his future before the Winter Meetings start on Monday in San Diego.

T.R. Sullivan/MLB

Scherzer May Not Sign Until After Jan. 1
Max Scherzer's agent, Scott Boras, is known for dragging out the free agency of his clients.

Jim Duquette/MLB

Hunter, Twins Have 'Common Interest' In Reunion
Torii Hunter spent 11 of his 18 Major League seasons with the Twins.

Charley Walters/Pioneer Press

Trade Rumors May Indicate Nationals Are Looking At Scherzer
The Nationals are reportedly willing to listen to trade offers for Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister.

Chris Cotillo/MLB Daily Dish

Blue Jays Pursuing Torii Hunter
Toronto may need an outfielder because they aren't overly confident they'll be able to re-sign Melky Cabrera.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tigers Not Closing Door On Scherzer
Max Scherzer is considered by many to be the top free-agent pitcher on the market.

Tigers Finalize New Deal With Martinez
Victor Martinez hit .335 with 32 HRs and 103 RBIs for the Tigers last season.

Tigers Willing To Trade Alex Avila
The Braves and Red Sox are two clubs that are known to be looking for a left-handed hitter.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Jays Deal Gose To Tigers For Devon Travis
Anthony Gose hit only .226 last season in 94 games with the Blue Jays, but the Tigers are hopeful the 24-year-old will fill a need in center field.

Associated Press

Tigers Will Re-Sign Martinez To Four-Year Deal
Ken Rosenthal first reported that Detroit was close to an agreement with Martinez.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Boras Isn't Concerned About Lack Of Scherzer Talks
Scott Boras isn't concerned despite a lack of negotiations between Max Scherzer and interested Major League clubs.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tigers Want To Re-Sign Martinez; Waiting For Scherzer To Test Market
The Tigers have made re-signing Victor Martinez their top priority this offseason.

Associated Press

Ten Teams Showing Interest In Torii Hunter
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals, Twins, Tigers, Cubs, Giants, Rangers and Mariners have all shown some early interest in the veteran outfielder.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Scherzer, Martinez Get Qualifying Offers
The Tigers have extended $15.3 million qualifying offers to Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez.


Trammell Returns To Tigers As Special Assistant
The Tigers have named Alan Trammell as special assistant to team president, CEO and general manager Dave Dombrowski.


Miguel Cabrera Has Ankle Surgery
Miguel Cabrera has undergone successful surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle and to repair a stress fracture.

Associated Press

Brewers Hire Coles As Hitting Coach
Darnell Coles returns to Milwaukee after spending this season as the assistant hitting coach for the Tigers.

Associated Press

Tigers Likely To Pick Up Soria's $7M Club Option
Detroit will have to figure out what role Joakim Soria should have out of the bullpen.

Jason Beck/MLB