Detroit Tigers Wiretap

Polanco '90 Percent' Retired, Open To Coaching

Mar 5, 2015 8:33 AM

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

However, the 39-year-old is leaving the door open if the right situation arises. He mentioned the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins as destinations.

Polanco is open to coaching as a way to remain involved with baseball.

Jorge Ebro/El Nuevo Herald

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Hanrahan Needs Tommy John, Released By Tigers

Mar 4, 2015 5:05 PM

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

Hanrahan had his right elbow ligament replaced in May 2013 while with the Boston Red Sox, when he also had his right flexor tendon repaired.

The Tigers agreed in November to a minor league contract for $18,000 a month with a provision for a $1 million deal if he made the 40-man roster.

Associated Press

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Cespedes Wants To Remain In Detroit Over Long-Term

Mar 2, 2015 4:29 PM

Yoenis Cespedes has a chance to hit free agency this offseason, but he wants to remain with the Detroit Tigers over the long-term.

Cespedes drew interest from the Tigers when he signed his first Major League deal with the Oakland Athletics a few years ago.

"This is a good team now and will be for a lot of years to come," Cespedes said. "Every Major League player wants a ring, and with this team, you have a really good chance."

Jason Beck/MLB

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Miguel Cabrera In Good Shape Despite Injury

Feb 24, 2015 8:33 AM

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

Cabrera wasn't allowed to put weight on his right foot until around the holidays, but the slugger was able to work out more than previous reports had suggested.

"I see everybody talk about I don't do too much, but I was doing a lot," Cabrera said. "I was doing a lot with my legs, but with no weight. I think it was more flexible, more getting my strength. I feel my power back with a lot of repetition, low-weight, high-rep.

"The only thing I didn't do was run -- run the field, run the bases. That's the only thing I didn't do this offseason."

Jason Beck/MLB

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Tigers To Re-Sign Joba Chamberlain

Feb 24, 2015 8:22 AM

The Detroit Tigers have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Joba Chamberlain.

Chamberlain has already been spotted in camp with the Tigers.

The 29-year-old posted a 3.57 ERA, 8.4 K/9 and 53.2% groundball rate with the club last season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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Miguel Cabrera Cleared To Hit, Throw

Feb 18, 2015 4:45 PM

The Detroit Tigers are optimistic Miguel Cabrera will play on Opening Day after he was cleared for "non-impact exercises."

Cabrera can begin hitting, throwing and running.

"While there is no definitive timetable, it's optimistic Miguel could be ready close to Opening Day," the Tigers said in a statement.

Cabrera had foot and ankle surgery earlier this offseason.


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Victor Martinez Has Surgery, Out 4-6 Weeks

Feb 10, 2015 4:27 PM

Victor Martinez underwent knee surgery on Tuesday and the Detroit Tigers expect him to miss just 4-6 weeks.

Martinez, 36, suffered a torn left meniscus during offseason workouts.

Detroit opens its regular season on April 6 against the Minnesota Twins.

"We are very happy the surgery went well and that Victor will be ready to compete for the start of the 2015 season," Tigers general manager David Dombrowski said.


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2015 MLB Draft Order Set

Feb 10, 2015 8:42 AM

The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will part with the 13th overall pick because the Kansas City Royals issued Shields a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.

First Round

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds
12. Marlins            
13. Rays
14. Braves
15. Brewers
16. Yankees
17. Indians
18. Giants
19. Pirates
20. Athletics
21. Royals
22. Tigers
23. Cardinals
24. Dodgers
25. Orioles
26. Angels

Compensation Picks

27. Rockies          
28. Braves
29. Blue Jays
30. Yankees
31. Giants
32. Pirates
33. Royals
34. Tigers
35. Dodgers
36. Orioles

Competitive Balance Round A

37. Astros    
38. Rockies
39. Cardinals
40. Brewers
41. Padres
42. Indians

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Victor Martinez Has Torn Meniscus

Feb 5, 2015 4:37 PM

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

Dr. James Andrews is scheduled to perform surgery Tuesday to repair the injury.

Dave Dombrowski said the injury hasn't altered Detroit's approach to the offseason -- not yet, at least.

"There are no changes in our plans at this time," Dombrowski said. "We will evaluate that after his surgery."

Martinez will make $14 million this season after signing a new four-year, $68 million contract this offseason with the Tigers.


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Yoan Moncada Wants To Sign Quickly

Feb 4, 2015 4:40 PM

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

"My goal is to sign with a team soon, start training with them, and make it to the Major Leagues as fast as I can with whichever team that might be," Moncada said in Spanish to "I know I'm going to do the best I can for as long as I can in this sport."

Moncada, 19, has worked out privately for the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Rangers, Rays, Tigers and Brewers.

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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.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tigers, Gorzelanny Agree To One-Year Deal
Tom Gorzelanny, 32, had a 0.86 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 23 appearances for the Brewers last year.

Associated Press

Source: Tigers May Have Chance To Match Scherzer Offers
Scott Boras has said that the Tigers will not be given a chance to match any and all offers Max Scherzer receives as a free agent.

Jason Beck/MLB

Scherzer's Chances Of Re-Signing With Tigers Tied To Price
Max Scherzer remains on the market as January approaches, a surprise to no one given how agent Scott Boras has operated in the past.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tigers Haven't Had Any Talks With Scherzer
The Tigers haven't ruled out re-signing Max Scherzer, but they aren't making him a priority either.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tigers, Porcello Discussed Extension Prior To Trade
The Tigers "briefly discussed" a contract extension beyond the 2015 season with Rick Porcello before he was traded to the Red Sox on Thursday.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Mets Wouldn't Trade Young Pitchers For Cespedes
The Mets inquired with the Red Sox about Yoenis Cespedes toward the end of the season, but were told the asking price would be Zack Wheeler or Jacob deGrom.

David Lennon/Newsday

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

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Reds, Tigers Discussing Starting Pitcher
The Reds and Tigers are discussing a trade that would send a starting pitcher to the American League.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Tigers, Red Sox Will Swap Porcello, Cespedes
Two additional players will head to Detroit along with Cespedes, including right-hander Alex Wilson.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tigers Won't Have Chance To Match Offers Scherzer Receives
"This is not church bingo," agent Scott Boras said.

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Source: Masterson Close To Deal With Unknown Team
Justin Masterson has been linked to the Red Sox and Tigers most recently.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN