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MLBPA Forbids Cabrera, Cano, Ortiz From Caribbean HR Derby

Feb 2, 2016 7:06 AM

The Major League Baseball Players Association has forbid Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano and David Ortiz from participating in the Caribbean Series' inaugural Home Run Derby after it was announced that they would compete.

The organizers of the 2016 Caribbean Series had the idea of including a Home Run Derby on the third day of the tournament as a way to enhance the event.

"Unfortunately, the people in charge of the event didn't follow the necessary protocol to ensure that any major leaguers participating in an event like that one is protected from a possible injury," said Tony Clark, MLBPA's executive director.

"As a result, in order to protect the rights and interests of the players invited to compete, we were forced to advise those players and their representatives that participating in the event was not in their best interests."

According to the organizing committee, the MLBPA said it would need a financial guarantee to allow Ortiz, Cano and Cabrera to participate, and the request for their participation had to be made no later than Jan. 1.

Jorge Morejon/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Tigers Have Introduced Analytics Department

Jan 25, 2016 6:52 AM

The Detroit Tigers have improved their analytics department under first-year general manager Al Avila.

"We didn't really revamp the analytics department," Avila said. "We didn't have an analytics department."

Detroit promoted Sam Menzin from analytics coordinator to director of baseball operations and hired former Apple executive and Toronto Blue Jays assistant general manager Jay Sartori to serve as senior director of baseball operations in November.

The goal is to use data to make decisions easier.

"Those are the kinds of things that they can give you," Avila said. "Then you turn to your scouts and you go with scouting information, which is how we did it with Justin Upton. Then if all comes together, you get the right player.

"(Analytics) is not the complete answer. It's just one part of the process in putting together a team."

James Hawkins/Detroit News

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Tigers, J.D. Martinez Discussing Extension

Jan 22, 2016 3:48 PM

The Detriot Tigers and J.D. Martinez are discussing a potential contract extension, the outfielder told

"It's definitely something we're still talking about," Martinez said. "It's something I think both sides are still interested in. We haven't come to something where we both feel comfortable yet. I love this team. I want to be part of this team. I would love to be a Tiger for life. We've just got to see how it goes."

The Tigers and Martinez currently have an unresolved arbitration case.

Chris Iott/MLive

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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J.D. Martinez Seeks Long-Term Deal With Tigers

Jan 21, 2016 4:25 PM

J.D. Martinez wants to retire as a member of the Detroit Tigers and is seeking a long-term deal to help make that happen.

"This team gave me the opportunity and I would love to stay here as long as I can and hopefully finish my career next to Miggy [Cabrera], next to Victor [Martinez] and stuff like that," the 28-year-old said. "That would be awesome and something that I would love."

He led the Tigers with 38 home runs in 2015 and remains unsigned heading into his scheduled salary arbitration date next month.

Martinez, who is due a sizable raise from the $3 million he made last season, said he was optimistic that a deal could get done before the salary arbitration hearing.

"I know we're confident on our side," Martinez said. "Obviously those things are out of [my] control. I leave all that business side of the stuff to the guys that that's what they know. I know going out there and hitting a baseball and trying to beat the guy on the mound."

Katie Strang/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Justin Upton: Mike Ilitch Sold Me On Tigers

Jan 21, 2016 6:16 AM

While Al Avila wanted to make small tweaks to increase the offensive production of the Detroit Tigers, owner Mike Ilitch wanted serious improvement.

Ilitch desired Justin Upton and told his general manager as much.

"And then he gave me the straight order, basically, to get it done," Avila said.

The Tigers gave Upton a six-year, $132.75 million deal. The contract includes an opt-out clause in 2017 and comes in at an average annual value of $22.125 million.

"What sold me was Mr. Ilitch," Upton said, describing him as a man who "wants to win ballgames, wants to win championships."

Katie Strang/ESPN

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Tigers, Justin Upton Agree To Six-Year, $132.75M Deal

Jan 19, 2016 1:42 AM

The Tigers and free-agent outfielder Justin Upton have agreed to a six-year deal worth $132.75 million, a source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. 

The contract includes an opt-out after the second year, which would allow Upton to go back on the market as a free agent at age 30, a source confirmed to Crasnick.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Tigers Among Teams Considering Cespedes

Jan 18, 2016 8:42 AM

The Detroit Tigers are among the teams at least considering Yoenis Cespedes, according to a report.

Al Avila said during the Winter Meetings six weeks ago that the Tigers were "out" on Cespedes, but the market has shifted since.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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Yoenis Cespedes May Be Close To New Deal

Jan 17, 2016 1:55 PM

Yoenis Cespedes' search for a team is "intensifying," according to ESPN's Jim Bowden, who reported the process could conclude within a few days. As many as 10 teams remain in "active contact" with Cespedes' camp, Bowden reported.

The Mets, Braves and White Sox all are known to have interest in Cespedes, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, with the Tigers and Angels among the other clubs with a clear need for an outfielder with power.

Tags: New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Chris Davis, Orioles In Holding Pattern

Jan 12, 2016 7:51 AM

The Baltimore Orioles continue to wait on Chris Davis, who remains available on the free agent market.

Baltimore made a competitive offer to Davis -- a seven-year contract in the range of $154 million.

The Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants have also been linked to the slugger.

Orioles owner Peter Angelos is a big Davis fan and wants him back, but time is becoming a factor.

"That's not surprising at all, the way that camp does business," Buck Showalter, who has not talked to Davis recently, said of the timeline. "It wouldn't surprise me if it went to February. It wouldn't surprise me if it goes to March."

Brittany Ghiroli/MLB

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

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Yoenis Cespedes Could Be Pursued By Tigers

Dec 28, 2015 2:36 PM

While there is no evidence that the Detroit Tigers will pursue Yoenis Cespedes, the perception around baseball is that the club is in the mix to sign the free-agent outfielder.

Reports have indicated that the price to sign Cespedes is dropping as the offseason progresses.

Al Avila has not said anything pointing to an acquisition, ruling out a big signing in leftfield "at this point" during the winter meetings and two weeks later saying, "I think we've made all of our big moves."

Anthony Fenech/Detroit Free-Press

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Tigers Interested In Extending J.D. Martinez's Contract
J.D. Martinez won't be a free agent until after the 2017 season, but the Tigers are interested in signing him to a long-term deal now.

Chris Iott/MLive

Tigers Have Received Trade Calls About Nick Castellanos
If the Tigers want to clear some money off the books, dealing Nick Castellanos won't help.

Tony Paul/Detroit News

Yankees Send Justin Wilson To Tigers For Prospects
The Yankees have traded left-hander Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitchers Luis Cessa and Chad Green.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Indians, Tigers, White Sox Interested In Trading For Brett Lawrie
The Indians, Tigers and White Sox are interested in trading for Brett Lawrie, who has been mentioned in trade rumors since the Athletics re-acquired Jed Lowrie.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Tigers Sign Jarrod Saltalamacchia To One-Year Deal
Jarrod Saltalamacchia has a .240 career batting average with 346 runs, 98 home runs and 343 RBIs.

Tigers Agree To Two-Year, $16M Deal With Mike Pelfrey
The Tigers have agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with Mike Pelfrey, according to a source.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tigers Owner: Money Doesn't Matter, I Want Titles
Mike Ilitch is willing to spend whatever it takes for the Tigers to win the World Series.

Katie Strang/ESPN

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

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Report: Tigers In Serious Talks With Jordan Zimmerman
Jordan Zimmerman went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 33 starts for the Nationals last season.

Minors HR Leader Mike Hessman Retires To Pursue Coaching
Mike Hessman is often compared to Crash Davis, Kevin Costner's character in "Bull Durham."

Lloyd McClendon To Manage Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens
The Mud Hens saw longtime manager Larry Parrish retire after this past season.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Tigers Acquire Cameron Maybin From Braves
The Tigers have traded left-handed pitchers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier to the Braves for Cameron Maybin.

Tigers Interested In Bringing Back Doug Fister
Doug Fister is coming off a poor season that saw his velocity dip and him lose his piece in the starting rotation for the Nationals.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Joakim Soria Eyeing Three-Year, $27M Deal
Joakim Soria, who turns 32 in May, is considered the second-best reliever on the free agent market next to Darren O'Day.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tigers Acquire Francisco Rodriguez From 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.


Tigers Increase Analytics Department
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

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.

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