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Tigers, J.D. Martinez Have Mutual Interest In Extension

Oct 9, 2015 7:26 AM

The Detroit Tigers and J.D. Martinez have mutual interest in a contract extension, according to general manager Al Avila.

Avila declined to discuss whether and to what extent the sides had already discussed that possibility.

"I don't really want to get into our conversations with the players or their agents at this point," Avila said. "Usually we don't make those comments. I can tell you we would have interest in something like that."

Martinez, 28, is entering his second season of arbitration eligibility after earning $3 million last year.

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Rajai Davis Wants To Remain With Tigers

Sep 28, 2015 11:54 AM

Rajai Davis would like to remain with the Detroit Tigers, but the decision isn't entirely up to him.

Davis, who will be a free agent this winter, was in the starting lineup on Sunday.

"Absolutely," Davis said of returning to Detroit. "But it's up in the air. It's not really totally in my hands."

Davis would appear to be a fit in the outfield for the Tigers in 2016 regardless of what route the Tigers choose to take in left field.

Chris Iott/MLive

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Tigers To Retain Brad Ausmus As Manager

Sep 26, 2015 6:04 PM

The Detroit Tigers will retain Brad Ausmus as manager for the 2016 season.

Al Avila informed the media of the decision Saturday afternoon before the club's game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Avila held a closed-door meeting to tell the team the decision before batting practice on Saturday.

Ausmus said he was both "excited and relieved" to learn of the news.

"I'm happy to be back for sure," Ausmus said. "It's been a disappointing season like Al said, but the core group that is here afford the opportunity for a quick turnaround."

Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Ausmus would be fired after the season, though Avila refuted the notion that a decision had already been made and instead said that the evaluation process was ongoing.

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Tigers Players Back Discipline Of Bruce Rondon

Sep 24, 2015 7:31 AM

Detroit Tigers players fully support the decision to send Bruce Rondon home for the season.

Brad Ausmus and Al Avila made the move amid growing concerns about Rondon's lack of maturity and professionalism. Ausmus cited Rondon's "effort level," although he declined to elaborate on the move.

With that said, Rondon's teammates would welcome him back with open arms if he uses this disciplinary action to work on those areas that appear to be lacking.

"Absolutely. Absolutely," Ian Kinsler said. "Everybody grows up, everybody changes, everybody makes mistakes, and if he shows that he wants to compete and compete with his teammates, then absolutely."

Nick Castellanos said in an earlier interview with Detroit's 105.1 radio station that Rondon's "antics" bothered his teammates and that a few veterans approached Rondon about these things.

Katie Strang/ESPN

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Tigers Send Bruce Rondon Home, Cite 'Effort'

Sep 22, 2015 4:23 PM

The Detroit Tigers have sent closer Bruce Rondon home.

Brad Ausmus cited "effort" as the reason for the decision.

The move was a mutual decision by Ausmus and general manager Al Avila.


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Verlander Wishes Fans Were More Positive

Sep 19, 2015 4:19 PM

Justin Verlander wasn't pleased about being yanked from Friday's matchup against the Royals with one out remaining in the ninth inning, but the Tigers ace was irked more by the blanket of boos that serenaded manager Brad Ausmus on his walk to the mound than his own exit.

"There were a lot of positives tonight," Verlander said after the team's 12-inning win against the Royals. "I'm a big believer in positive energy,

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Mets, Tigers Agreed On Cespedes Trade Minutes Before Deadline

Sep 17, 2015 7:30 AM

The July 31 trade that saw the Detroit Tigers send Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets was agreed on just minutes before the deadline.

A few hours before the deadline Dave Dombrowski, then the top executive in Detroit, called owner Mike Ilitch asking if he could move Cespedes in the right deal.

"If we're going to get the guy we want for [Yoenis] Cespedes," Dombrowski told Ilitch, "this is going to come right down to the wire. Do I have your OK to make this deal? I know we can trade him for sure, but do you want me to trade him even if it isn't a good deal?"

Earlier that morning Dombrowski had received a call from Sandy Alderson expressing interest in Cespedes after the Mets' deal for Carlos Gomez broke down. Dombrowski told Alderson the Tigers wanted Michael Fulmer in a deal for Cespedes and Alderson agreed to be in touch.

Ilitch told Dombrowski to move Cespedes only if he could get the deal he wanted and until the phone rang at 3:45 p.m., 15 minutes before the deadline, the deal was far from certain.

"We were talking with other clubs, but the Mets, we always felt they were the best fit because they had good pitching and we felt they might give up a guy like Fulmer, who we really liked. They had so many starting pitchers, he was the one guy we identified from other clubs we liked the most," Dombrowski said.

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Tigers Haven't Made Decision On Brad Ausmus

Sep 11, 2015 3:59 PM

The Detroit Tigers say they haven't made a decision regarding the future of Brad Ausmus despite reports that they plan to fire him as manager after the season.

Al Avila, who was named general manager after Dave Dombrowski was let go, released a statement Friday amid the reports.

"I reconfirmed with [owner] Mr. [Mike] Ilitch and manager Brad Ausmus this morning that these evaluations are ongoing and decisions in any of these areas will be made by the end of the season," Avila said.

Detroit has disappointed in Ausmus' second season at the helm.


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Report: Brad Ausmus To Be Let Go By Tigers

Sep 11, 2015 7:29 AM

The Detroit Tigers will dismiss Brad Ausmus as manager at the end of the season, according to a report by WDIV-TV's Bernie Smilovitz.

Smilovitz cited an unnamed source.

Ausmus told reporters on Thursday night that he has not been informed of his fate and is still operating under new general manager Al Avila's statement last month that he and his coaching staff would be evaluated at season's end like others in the organization.

The manager is under contract through next season.

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Verlander Disappointed, But Not Complaining

Sep 6, 2015 6:24 PM

Justin Verlander could have whined about the lack of run support in the team's loss to the Indians on Sunday. After all, it has been a troubling trend for the Tigers ace in all but two of his past 10 starts.

He was in no mood, however, to place blame on his teammates after they surrendered their 13th loss in the past 16 games.

"We had a lot of our key pieces that were missing, and quite honestly, we've missed them all year, whether it's been injuries early on or trades after the second half," said Verlander, who was saddled with the loss Sunday despite making his sixth straight quality start. "It's kind of disappointing that we never had a chance to play as the team that was constructed, but that's the game of baseball. It happens sometimes."

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Jose Iglesias Out Two Weeks With Fractured Finger
Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has a chip fracture in his right middle finger.

Brad Ausmus On Hot Seat In Detroit
Brad Ausmus is in jeopardy of losing his job as manager as the Tigers occupy last place in the American League Central.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Justin Verlander Loses No-Hit Bid In Ninth
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander threw a one-hit shutout at the Angels on Wednesday night.

Shane Greene To Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery
Tigers pitcher Shane Greene finishes the season with a 4-8 record.

Jered Weaver: Dugout Rant Not Directed At Mike Trout
Angels starter Jered Weaver said his rant was directed at himself and the club as a whole.

Verlander Urges MLB To Extend Protective Netting
Justin Verlander feels additional protective netting needs to be addressed immediately.

Tigers Acquire Randy Wolf From Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have traded Randy Wolf to the Tigers in exchange for cash considerations.

Ben Nicholson-Smith/Sportsnet

Bruce Rondon Takes Over As Closer For Tigers
Bruce Rondon will replace Alex Wilson, who has been suffering from shoulder fatigue and may move into an eighth-inning role.


Ausmus Believes Cueto's Delivery Is Sometimes Illegal
Brad Ausmus complained to plate umpire Joe West that Johnny Cueto's delivery was illegal and later offered his thoughts to reporters on Monday night.


Tigers Downplay Spat Between Iglesias, McCann
The Tigers are downplaying a dugout spat between Jose Iglesias and James McCann that took place on Friday night.


Dombrowski: No Talks Of New Deal With Tigers
Dave Dombrowski says there had been no talks with Tigers ownership about a new contract, so he began to have doubts about his future with the team.

Associated Press

Brad Ausmus Will Manage Tigers For Remainder Of Season
Brad Ausmus will be evaluated after the season like everyone else within the organization.

Chris Iott/MLive

Dombrowski Was Seeking Raise With Tigers
Dave Dombrowski was released from his contract with the Tigers on Tuesday, allowing him to surveying other positions before the offseason kicks into full gear.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Angels, Blue Jays, Red Sox Could All Covet Dombrowski
Dave Dombrowski was released from his contract with the Tigers on Tuesday, but doesn't figure to be unemployed long if he so chooses.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Dave Dombrowski Out As Tigers GM
The Tigers have released Dave Dombrowski from his contract as the team's general manager.


Mike Hessman Sets Minor League Home Run Record
Mike Hessman became the career home runs leader for U.S.-based Minor Leagues Monday night, hitting his 433rd in the seventh inning of a game between Triple-A Toledo and Lehigh Valley.

Associated Press

Mets Acquire Yoenis Cespedes
New York will send two Minor League players to Detroit and keep Zack Wheeler.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Mets Have Contacted Tigers About Yoenis Cespedes
The Mets have also been linked to Jay Bruce, Justin Upton, Will Venable and Rajai Davis.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Pirates To Acquire Joakim Soria From Tigers
Pittsburgh will send a Minor League player to Detroit for the reliever, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Blue Jays To Acquire David Price
Toronto will send Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to Detroit for Price.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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