Detroit Tigers Wiretap

Miguel Sano Suspended One Game, Files Appeal

Apr 25, 2017 8:30 AM

Miguel Sano has been suspended for one game and fined by Major League Baseball for what the league termed "aggressive actions" that caused benches to clear between the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers last weekend.

Detroit's JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch from Justin Haley in the third inning on Saturday. Two innings later, Matthew Boyd threw behind Sano, who yelled out at the mound. James McCann intervened and appeared to put his mitt in the face of Sano, who reacted immediately with a right hand to McCann's mask.

The players' association appealed, allowing Sano to continue playing until the appeal is heard and decided.


Tags: Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Tigers Place Miguel Cabrera On DL With Groin Strain

Apr 22, 2017 1:43 PM

The Detroit Tigers have placed star first baseman Miguel Cabrera on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right groin.

The Tigers announced the move Saturday afternoon before their game against the Twins. Detroit recalled first baseman John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo to replace Cabrera on the roster.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Injury, Misc Rumor

Brad Ausmus: 'Fair Game' For Fans To Fool Fielders

Apr 21, 2017 8:47 AM

Brad Ausmus is hopeful the Detroit Tigers "got it" after being fooled by a Tampa Bay Rays fan on Wednesday.

Two fly balls fell for hits in the first three innings as JaCoby Jones, Tyler Collins and Ian Kinsler were confused by the shouts from the Tropicana Field stands.

A fan in the stands yelled "I got it!"

"It's fair game, if you're a fan. I'm not the blaming [the] fan or anything. He's within his rights to do that. We have to make the adjustment," Ausmus said.

Since outfielders have the right to call off infielders on fly balls, Kinsler assumed his teammates were doing so Wednesday night and backed off.

"I just got out of the way," Kinsler said.


Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

Justin Verlander Makes Light Of Pitch-Tipping Talk

Apr 17, 2017 4:56 PM

Justin Verlander isn't worried about potentially tipping his pitches.

Verlander matched a career high by allowing nine runs on Saturday against the Cleveland Indians. He gave up 11 hits in four-plus innings, including a pair of home runs.

Brad Ausmus said Verlander and James McCann changed their signals throughout the game as a precaution against signs being stolen.

"We use multiple signs with nobody on base. We change our signs often. It's got to be something other than that," McCann said.

"For a day where I thought he had his best stuff all season, they seemed to be on quite a few pitches," McCann said. "What that is, I don't know. We're going to study film and see."

On Monday, Verlander tweeted a photo of himself drinking a beer in a pool with the caption, "working on my tipping."


Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

Miguel Cabrera, Terry Francona Have Shouting Match

Apr 15, 2017 11:47 AM

Miguel Cabrera got angry Friday night. And that was bad news for the Indians.

Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning after being brushed back in the first, and the Tigers beat Cleveland 7-6, sending the defending AL champion Indians to their sixth loss in seven games.

The first-inning incident resulted in a shouting match between Cabrera and Indians manager Terry Francona following an inside pitch from Trevor Bauer. Cabrera yelled and gestured toward Cleveland's dugout after the pitch.

"It was an argument between Francona and me, and that's it," Cabrera said. "No one else. He made his point, I made my point. It was just Francona and me. I say something bad, he said something back to me."

Said Francona: "I'm not really sure what he wanted me to do. I'm not going to run down the steps and hide. I just told him to hit -- and he did."

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

Andrew Romine Hits Grand Slam, Tested For PEDs After Game

Apr 13, 2017 8:09 AM

Andrew Romine hit a go-ahead grand slam in the Detroit Tigers' 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.

The grand slam was the first of Romine's career. The utility infielder entered the game with just six home runs in 390 Major League games.

After his slam, Romine was randomly selected for a drug test. He gave a blood sample before meeting with the media.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

Angel Pagan To Decide On Club Soon

Mar 29, 2017 7:52 AM

Angel Pagan is expected to pick a new team before the end of this week.

Pagan has drawn interest from the Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers.

His performance at the World Baseball Classic increased his value.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

J.D. Martinez To Miss Three To Four Weeks

Mar 25, 2017 1:13 AM

Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez will miss three to four weeks because of a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot, manager Brad Ausmus announced Friday.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Injury, Misc Rumor

J.D. Martinez Suffers Right Foot Sprain

Mar 18, 2017 8:00 PM

Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez suffered a right midfoot sprain in Saturday's spring training game against the Marlins, the team announced.

The Tigers said Martinez was taken for X-rays, which came back negative, and will be re-evaluated Sunday.

"We'll see about it tomorrow," Martinez told reporters, according to "I know as much about it as you guys do. It's good that I'm able to move on it."

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Injury, Misc Rumor

T.J. House Hospitalized After Line Drive To The Head

Mar 10, 2017 10:29 PM

Blue Jays pitcher T.J. House was taken off the field in an ambulance Friday after being struck on the head by a line drive in the ninth inning of a spring training game against the Tigers.

The Blue Jays said Friday night that test results at Lakeland Regional Medical Center were normal, and that House would remain hospitalized overnight for observation.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, Game Recap, Injury, Misc Rumor

J.D. Martinez Upset Over Decline In Defensive Metrics
J.D. Martinez was a Gold Glove finalist in 2015 when he had a .993 fielding percentage and finished third among AL outfielders with 15 assists.

Jason Beck/MLB

Mets, Tigers Never Seriously Discussed Conforto, Martinez Swap
Reports surfaced during the offseason that the Mets and Tigers discussed a swap involving Michael Conforto and J.D. Martinez, but that doesn't appear to have been the case.

Anthony DiComo/MLB

Justin Verlander In Favor Of Eliminating DH Entirely
In 47 career plate appearances, Justin Verlander has hit .081/.081/.081.

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Mike Ilitch, Owner Of Tigers And Wings, Dies At Age 87
Mike Ilitch won praise for keeping professional sports teams in Detroit.

Dodgers Casting Wide Net In Search Of Second Baseman
The Dodgers continue to search for a second baseman and have begun to search beyond a trade with the Twins for Brian Dozier.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Verlander Happy Tigers Didn't Trade During The Offseason
Justin Verlander went 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA with the Tigers in 2016.

Tigers, Andrew Romine Agree To $1.3M Deal
The Tigers have avoided arbitration with Andrew Romine by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million deal for 2017.

Associated Press

Yankees, White Sox Aren't Discussing David Robertson
Rumors circulated on Tuesday that the Yankees and White Sox were in talks on a trade involving Jose Quintana and David Robertson.

Cash Kruth/MLB

Tigers Bring Back Alex Avila, Agreeing To One-Year Deal
Alex Avila played in 57 games for the White Sox this year, hitting .213 with seven homers and 11 RBIs.

Record Six Teams To Pay Luxury Tax This Season
The Dodgers will have to pay a luxury tax of $31.8M this season.

Tigers Haven't Put Francisco Rodriguez On Trade Block
Francisco Rodriguez isn't on the trade block as the Tigers look to shed payroll this offseason.

Anthony Fenech/Detroit Free-Press

Tigers Have Received Calls About Victor Martinez
The Tigers have received calls about Victor Martinez as they look to get younger and shed payroll.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tigers Have Placed High Asking Prices On Veterans
The Tigers want to shed salary, but have placed high asking prices on a number of their expensive, veteran players.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Ian Kinsler Won't Waive No-Trade Clause Without Extension
Ian Kinsler isn't interested in waiving his no-trade clause unless his new team reaches an agreement on a contract extension with him.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tigers, Dodgers Have Discussed Ian Kinsler Trade
Ian Kinsler has a partial no-trade clause that will impact talks.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Giants, Tigers Could Be Match On J.D. Martinez Trade
The Tigers are looking to trim payroll and the Giants need a corner infielder, which may make a J.D. Martinez trade an option.

Jason Beck/MLB

Michael Fulmer Named AL Rookie Of The Year
Michael Fulmer was named the American League's Rookie of the Year on Monday night, besting Gary Sanchez and Tyler Naquin.

RealGM Staff Report

Tigers Want To Shed Payroll, Get Better At Same Time
Al Avila says the Tigers will shed payroll this offseason while also attempting to get better on the field.


Tigers Will Have 'Wide Open Competition' In Center Field
After trading Cameron Maybin to the Angels, the Tigers plan to hold a "wide open competition" in center field.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Angels Acquire Cameron Maybin From Tigers
The Angels, who plan to play Cameron Maybin in left field, also announced that they will exercise his $9 million contract option for 2017.