Detroit Tigers Wiretap

Verlander Plays Catch, Status Remains Unclear

Mar 29, 2015 7:40 PM

Justin Verlander played catch briefly Sunday morning for the first time since leaving a start with a cramp in his right tricep, but it remained unclear when the Tigers ace would pitch again.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Verlander did some light tossing at the team's spring training camp and still felt "a little bit tight," but otherwise reported some general improvement.

"He felt better today," Ausmus said before the Tigers' game Sunday with the Phillies. "Not completely better, but he feels better than he did yesterday."

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Justin Verlander's Concern About Arm 'Pretty Low'

Mar 29, 2015 1:00 AM

A day after being removed from his Grapefruit League start, Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander was not worried about missing any time in his spring training preparation for the looming regular season.

Verlander admitted on Saturday morning he felt soreness similar to what forced him from Friday's start but that his level of concern about his throwing arm is "pretty low."

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Joe Nathan Will Close For Tigers

Mar 27, 2015 4:45 PM

The Detroit Tigers will use Joe Nathan as their closer this season.

Brad Ausmus shook his head 'no' when asked Thursday if there was a competition brewing for the team's closer role this spring.

Nathan had a 4.81 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 58 innings last season. He has saved 88 games over the last two games.

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Verlander Leaves Appearance With Triceps Cramp

Mar 27, 2015 4:36 PM

Justin Verlander left Friday's exhibition game with cramping in his right triceps muscle.

Verlander will be re-evaluated tomorrow and the Detroit Tigers do not expect him to miss his next start.

The right-hander left after throwing 40 pitches.

Anthony Fenech/Detroit Free-Press

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Tigers, Price Begin Discussing Possible Extension

Mar 25, 2015 4:21 PM

The Detroit Tigers have opened talks with David Price on a possible contract extension, according to the left-hander.

Detroit contacted Price's agent, Bo McKinnis.

Price downplayed the significance of the communications after meeting with McKinnis Tuesday night, saying he "wouldn't even call it groundwork."

The Tigers acquired Price, who can hit free agency after the season, via trade from the Tampa Bay Rays last summer.

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Miguel Cabrera Goes 1-For-3 In Tigers' Spring Debut

Mar 22, 2015 7:30 PM

Miguel Cabrera made his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday for Detroit, and went 1-for-3 with a single and two strikeouts.

Cabrera had ankle surgery in the offseason.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Price Will Start Opener For Tigers

Mar 20, 2015 5:00 PM

The Detroit Tigers will send David Price to the mound on Opening Day.

Price, who went 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA last season, will start against the Minnesota Twins on April 6. Justin Verlander will pitch the second game of the season.

"It is a tough decision when you have two guys like that," Brad Ausmus said. "Looking at it from a baseball perspective, I felt this was the [right] decision and it wasn't an easy decision. ... I have to make a decision based on baseball and what is best for the 2015 Tigers."


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Scherzer's Free Agent Advice To Price: Focus On Winning

Mar 13, 2015 7:27 AM

Max Scherzer has some advice for David Price as the left-hander approaches free agency.

The pitchers were teammates for a few months with the Detroit Tigers last season.

Price is set to become a free agent after the season. Scherzer signed a seven-year, $210 million deal with the Washington Nationals this winter.

"The biggest advice I can give is when you come to the park, it has to all be about winning," Scherzer said. "No room for anything else or any other motivation. Your only motivation is to go out there and try to win every single time. That really worked for me."

Scherzer believes that Price is positioned for a similar contract.

"You only get one shot at this, to sign a big deal," he said. "He's going to be in a position to do it, whether he does it now or in the offseason. That's his choice. But you have to do it right. That's something you have to be comfortable with."

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Mets' Harvey Throws Two Perfect Innings

Mar 7, 2015 1:22 AM

Mets' ace Matt Harvey retired all six Tigers batters he faced and topped out at 99 mph with his fastball on Friday at Tradition Field. It marked Harvey's first game since Aug. 24, 2013. He underwent Tommy John surgery two months later and missed all of last season.

"Things felt so good that the fact that I did have surgery is completely out of my mind," Harvey said.

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Cespedes Battling Lower Back Tightness
Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam on Tuesday and wasn't on the travel roster on Wednesday.

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Polanco '90 Percent' Retired, Open To Coaching
Placido Polanco, who didn't play baseball last season, considers himself to be "90 percent" retired.

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Hanrahan Needs Tommy John, Released By Tigers
The Tigers have released Joel Hanrahan, who will have his second Tommy John surgery on March 18.

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Cespedes Wants To Remain In Detroit Over Long-Term
Yoenis Cespedes has a chance to hit free agency this offseason.

Jason Beck/MLB

Miguel Cabrera In Good Shape Despite Injury
Miguel Cabrera stayed in good shape while recovering from surgery on his right foot, putting him ahead of schedule with the Tigers this spring.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tigers To Re-Sign Joba Chamberlain
Chamberlain has already been spotted in camp with the Tigers.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Miguel Cabrera Cleared To Hit, Throw
The Tigers are optimistic Miguel Cabrera will play on Opening Day after he was cleared for "non-impact exercises."


Victor Martinez Has Surgery, Out 4-6 Weeks
Martinez, 36, suffered a torn left meniscus during offseason workouts.


2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Victor Martinez Has Torn Meniscus
Victor Martinez suffered a torn medial meniscus in his left knee while working out recently, according to the Tigers.


Yoan Moncada Wants To Sign Quickly
Yoan Moncada, cleared to sign with a Major League club earlier this week, is eager to begin his career in the United States.

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Source: Chamberlain Has Rejected Multiple Contract Offers
Joba Chamberlain remains unsigned because he has rejected multiple offers from teams he did not want to join, according to a source.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Alburquerque, Tigers Agree On One-Year Deal
Al Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games last season with Detroit.

Price Open To Extension Talks With Tigers
David Price has enjoyed his time with the Tigers and is open to discussing an extension with the club.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tigers Held No Negotiations With Scherzer
Scott Boras reached out to the Tigers to indicate Max Scherzer's interest in a reunion, but Dave Dombrowski said no negotiations took place.

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Nationals, Max Scherzer Agree To Seven-Year Deal
Max Scherzer is 91-50 in seven seasons with the Diamondbacks and Tigers.

Source: Max Scherzer Nearing Agreement
It is being reported that Max Scherzer is nearing agreement on a seven-year deal with an unidentified club.

Price Gets Record $19.75M From Tigers Through Arbitration
The agreement is the largest one-year deal for a player who filed for arbitration.


Miguel Cabrera Unlikely To Be Ready For Spring Training
Miguel Cabrera is coming off right foot surgery.

Jason Beck/MLB

Boras: No Timetable For Scherzer To Sign
"There are a number of clubs that are playoff teams if they sign Max Scherzer," Scott Boras said.

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