Detroit Tigers Wiretap

Tigers Have Received Calls About Victor Martinez

Dec 1, 2016 8:32 AM

The Detroit Tigers have received calls about Victor Martinez as they look to get younger and shed payroll.

Martinez will turn 38 later this month and has two years and $36 million left on his contract.

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tigers Have Placed High Asking Prices On Veterans

Nov 23, 2016 7:41 AM

The Detroit Tigers want to shed salary, but have placed high asking prices on a number of their expensive, veteran players.

Rival executives wonder whether the Tigers will trade anyone other than J.D. Martinez this offseason given how much they want for rumored options like Ian Kinsler, Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera.

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Ian Kinsler Won't Waive No-Trade Clause Without Extension

Nov 17, 2016 7:15 AM

Ian Kinsler isn't interested in waiving his no-trade clause unless his new team reaches an agreement on a contract extension with him.

Kinsler, 34, is owed $11 million in 2017 with a $10 million option for 2018.

The Detroit Tigers are known to be looking to shed payroll.

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tigers, Dodgers Have Discussed Ian Kinsler Trade

Nov 16, 2016 5:32 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have discussed a possible Ian Kinsler trade with the Detroit Tigers, according to reports.

The Tigers have been looking to shed payroll, while the Dodgers could use Kinsler to fill holes in the infield.

Kinsler has a partial no-trade clause that will impact talks.

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Tags: Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Giants, Tigers Could Be Match On J.D. Martinez Trade

Nov 15, 2016 7:21 PM

The Detroit Tigers are looking to trim payroll and the San Francisco Giants need a corner outfielder, which may make a J.D. Martinez trade an option.

The Tigers and Giants have at least discussed a possible swap involving Martinez.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tags: Detroit Tigers, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Michael Fulmer Named AL Rookie Of The Year

Nov 15, 2016 7:13 AM

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

Fulmer, 23, went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 26 starts for the Detroit Tigers.

He pitched 93⅔ innings and recorded a 1.44 ERA over a 14-start stretch from May to August.

Fulmer joined the Tigers at the 2015 trade deadline as part of the deal that sent slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets.

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Tigers Want To Shed Payroll, Get Better At Same Time

Nov 9, 2016 7:07 AM

Al Avila says the Detroit Tigers will shed payroll this offseason while also attempting to get better on the field.

The Tigers spent a club-record $200 million in 2016.

"At the very beginning, I said this may be a process that takes three winters, not just one winter," Avila said. "Now people are like, 'Oh, they are going to trade everyone.' No. I don't know who we are going to trade yet. We want to trade the right guys and certain things might take until next winter. ...

"The goal is to shed payroll and get better. Now, how do you do that? It may not all be accomplished in one shot. It's a process. I'm going to keep on saying that. It's not a process you do in three months. It's one you do by changing the philosophy and way you go about it moving forward -- as opposed to every year going out and signing big-time free agents and trading away your prospects.

"Are there going to be good, viable trades out there? We will find out. If there are not, we will wait ... I think there's going to be interest in several of our players. I do. It's just a matter of where we go with those talks."


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Tigers Will Have 'Wide Open Competition' In Center Field

Nov 4, 2016 7:46 AM

After trading Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels, the Detroit Tigers plan to hold a "wide open competition" in center field.

"We will weigh our options as far as center field is concerned for next season," Alex Avila said. "There will be a wide open competition starting in the spring and we’ll see how it plays out."

The Tigers have options in JaCoby Jones, Tyler Collins and Anthony Gose.

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Angels Acquire Cameron Maybin From Tigers

Nov 4, 2016 7:18 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Cameron Maybin from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for right-hander Victor Alcantara.

The Angels, who plan to play Maybin in left field, also announced that they will exercise Maybin's $9 million contract option for 2017.

Cameron has spent his entire career as a center fielder.

He hit a career-best .315 with four homers, 43 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 94 games for the Tigers last season.

"Being on this team, with the way they play baseball and constantly have guys moving, whether it's hit-and-run or stealing bases or bunting, I think I fit in with this style of play really well," Maybin said. "I'm looking forward to playing for Mike Scioscia. I've enjoyed watching how he manages from afar. I look forward to being part of that poetry in motion."


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Al Avila: 'Changes Are Coming' To Tigers

Oct 19, 2016 6:15 AM

Al Avila told reporters that the Detroit Tigers will look to shake up their approach to roster building this winter.

Avila was largely vague, but said "changes are coming" to how the Tigers do business.

"We want to get younger," he said. "We want to get leaner. We want to run the organization without having to go over our means. We want to stay competitive, but at the same time, this organization has been working way above its means for some time."

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Tigers Exercise Option To Bring Back Brad Ausmus
The Tigers have exercised their option on the contract of Brad Ausmus for the 2017 season, according to multiple reports.


Tigers To Meet With Brad Ausmus This Week
Brad Ausmus says the club hasn't told him whether it plans to exercise his 2017 option.

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Miguel Cabrera Gets 2,500th Career Hit
Tigers star Miguel Cabrera became the 100th player in major league baseball history to reach the milestone.

Tigers To Give Michael Fulmer Three More Starts
Michael Fulmer has already pitched 21 more innings than he did in 2015.

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Tigers Will Skip Jordan Zimmermann's Next Start
Jordan Zimmermann will pitch a simulated game on Wednesday.


Tigers Deny Foul Play On Start Time Against Red Sox
The Tigers insist the decision to deny the Red Sox's request to push back Thursday's 1:10 p.m. start time was not a vindictive one.

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Nick Castellanos Suffers Fractured Left Hand
Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos left Saturday's game at the end of the fourth inning due to a non-displaced fracture in his left hand.

Tigers Monitoring Michael Fulmer's Pitch Counts, Not Innings
The Tigers want to avoid working Michael Fulmer too hard, but they have changed the way they evaluate his workload this summer.

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Jordan Zimmermann Has Clean MRI, Likely To Avoid DL
Brad Ausmus said Jordan Zimmermann was experiencing tightness in his lat muscle and was sent for tests by the Tigers.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Anthony Gose Has Heated Argument With Triple-A Manager
Tigers brass is currently evaluating what to do next and will huddle with Lloyd McClendon.

Edwin Encarnacion Drops Appeal Of Suspension
Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion sat out Sunday's game against the Tigers.

Tigers Place Daniel Norris On 15-Day DL
Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris is suffering from a right oblique strain.

Tigers Place Jordan Zimmerman On DL
Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmerman is suffering from a right neck strain.

J.D. Martinez Out 4-6 Weeks After Breaking Elbow
J.D. Martinez will be out for four to six weeks after leaving Thursday night's game with a non-displaced fracture of his right elbow.

Katie Strang/ESPN

Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

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Francisco Rodriguez Battled Zika Virus During Offseason
The reliever, who battled the Zika virus this offseason, cautions athletes to be prepared and do their homework.

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Francisco Rodriguez Joins Rare Club With 400th Save
Francisco Rodriguez joined an elite group Tuesday night when he recorded the 400th save of his Major League career, becoming only the sixth pitcher to accomplish such a feat.

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Kevin Kiermaier Fractures Left Hand
Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier will be re-evaluated on Monday in St. Petersburg.

Justin Verlander Records 2,000th Strikeout Against Twins
Justin Verlander fanned Eddie Rosario in the fourth inning on Wednesday for the 2,000 strikeout of his career.

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Brad Ausmus Suspended One Game For Tirade
Brad Ausmus was suspended one game by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for "excessive arguing and his inappropriate actions" following his ejection on Monday.

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