Detroit Tigers Wiretap

Ian Kinsler Rips Umpire Angel Hernandez: 'Find Another Job'

Aug 16, 2017 7:31 AM

Ian Kinsler unloaded on Angel Hernandez a day after the umpire ejected him for arguing balls and strikes.

Kinsler said Hernandez "needs to re-evaluate his career choice" because he's "messing with baseball games."

Hernandez has been a Major League umpire since 1993.

"I'm surprised at how bad an umpire he is," Kinsler said. "I don't know how, for as many years he's been in the league, that he can be that bad. He needs to re-evaluate his career choice, he really does. Bottom line.

"If I get fined for saying the truth, then so be it. He's messing with baseball games, blatantly."


Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

Tigers Place Ian Kinsler On Revocable Trade Waivers

Aug 10, 2017 8:30 AM

The Detroit Tigers have placed Ian Kinsler on revocable trade waivers.

The Milwaukee Brewers reportedly have interest in Kinsler, though he'd have to approve a trade to the Brewers.

Ken Rosenthal/MLB Network

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Astros, Tigers Have Discussed Justin Verlander Recently

Aug 7, 2017 8:01 AM

The Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers were in touch about a potential Justin Verlander trade this month, according to a report.

It remains to be seen how serious the talks were. The clubs discussed the right-hander prior to last week's non-waiver trade deadline.

Verlander has cleared revocable waivers, so the Tigers are free to discuss him in trades.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tigers Trade Justin Wilson, Alex Avila To Cubs

Jul 31, 2017 12:51 AM

On the eve of baseball’s July trade deadline, the Tigers parted Sunday night with prime-time reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila in a deal that brings two strong prospects to a youth-starved Tigers system.

The Tigers got switch-hitting third baseman Jaimer Candelario and 18-year-old shortstop Isaac Paredes in a swap that sends Wilson and his lightning-bolt left arm to the Cubs.

Detroit News

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Multiple Teams Have Interest In Tigers' Justin Wilson

Jul 30, 2017 10:22 PM

Detroit spent Sunday evening narrowing their list of suitors for lefty reliever Justin Wilson, with the potential of a deal Sunday night or Monday morning.

Five teams remain in the mix for Wilson, according to an industry source. The Astros are considered the favorites, according to's Mark Feinsand, but the Nationals and Cubs also remain in the hunt according to's Phil Rogers and other sources. MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal reported that the Cubs are heavily involved in talks.

Other teams that have been linked at some point to Wilson include the Rockies, Rays, Dodgers, Red Sox, Brewers, Indians and Yankees.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Verlander In 'Win-Win' Situation As Trade Deadline Nears

Jul 30, 2017 6:50 PM

With the trade deadline a day away, Justin Verlander considers himself in a win-win situation as he wouldn't mind staying with the Tigers and has control over which teams can acquire him.

Verlander pitched six scoreless innings Sunday against the Astros in what could be his last start for the Tigers.

Asked afterward if he considers himself in a win-win situation, he said "that's probably a good assessment."

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tigers Exploring Package Trade Scenarios

Jul 26, 2017 7:28 AM

The Detroit Tigers have several players known to be available via trade and are reportedly exploring scenarios involving multiple players as a way to clear salary.

The Tigers have attempted to include Ian Kinsler in trade talks with the Milwaukee Brewers for Justin Wilson.

Alex Avila is also a likely trade candidate, while Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez are reportedly being shopped as well.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

D-Backs Send Prospects To Tigers For J.D. Martinez

Jul 19, 2017 1:01 AM

Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez has been the subject of trade speculation for weeks

The Diamondbacks acquired Martinez for a trio of prospects on Tuesday, hoping to solidify a trouble spot in the outfield with a sorely needed right-handed bat for a run at the playoffs.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Nationals Aren't Done Looking For Bullpen Help

Jul 18, 2017 3:57 PM

The Washington Nationals acquired two relievers over the weekend, but aren't done looking to bolster their bullpen.

Specifically, the Nationals are reportedly looking at Justin Wilson of the Detroit Tigers.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tigers Willing To Include Cash In Justin Verlander Trade

Jul 18, 2017 9:13 AM

The Detroit Tigers are willing to discuss Justin Verlander in trade talks and have softened their stance on including cash in a possible deal.

Verlander is in the fifth season of a seven-year, $180 million contract that will pay him $28 million each year from now through the 2019 season. About $11.6 million remains on his deal for this year.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Rockies Interested In Deal For J.D. Martinez
The Rockies are in playoff contention and have interest in dealing for J.D. Martinez, according to a report.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Tigers Aren't Actively Shopping Justin Verlander
The Tigers aren't actively shopping Justin Verlander, but a team source indicated that they could be "talked into moving him" before the non-waiver deadline.

Mark Feinsand/MLB

Miguel Cabrera Annoyed By Trade Rumors Surrounding Tigers
Miguel Cabrera wants the Tigers to choose a position and act on it.

Associated Press

Cubs Have Inquired With Tigers About Alex Avila, Justin Verlander
The Cubs have inquired with the Tigers about Alex Avila and Justin Verlander ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Justin Verlander's 'K' Streak Ends At 331 Games
Justin Verlander was tied with Curt Schilling for the sixth-longest strikeout streak since 1913.

Teams Interested If Tigers Decide To Trade Justin Verlander
Justin Verlander is one of the highest-paid players in the Major League Baseball and is on a multi-year deal.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

Tigers Place Victor Martinez On DL With Irregular Heartbeat
The Tigers called up catcher/first baseman John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo.

2017 MLB Draft First Round Results
The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early.

RealGM Staff Report

Justin Verlander's MRI Clean, Next Start Uncertain
The MRI on Justin Verlander's groin injury showed no evidence of structural damage and the Tigers will evaluate him later this week.


Justin Verlander Leaves Game With Groin Injury
The Tigers announced the removal of pitcher Justin Verlander was made as a precaution.

Extension Talks 'Highly Doubtful' During Season For J.D. Martinez
J.D. Martinez says he'd love to remain with the Tigers, but that it's "highly unlikely" there will be any contract negotiations during the season.

Jordan Horrobin/MLB

Justin Wilson To Replace K-Rod As Detroit's Closer
Francisco Rodriguez has 437 career saves, but has blown four in 11 tries this season. He also has a 8.49 ERA.

Associated Press

Brad Ausmus Hints Tigers Could Make Change At Closer
After a pair of close losses this weekend, Brad Ausmus said the Tigers will discuss the closer situation going forward.

Alex Espinoza/MLB

Miguel Sano Suspended One Game, Files Appeal
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 Twins and Tigers last weekend.


Tigers Place Miguel Cabrera On DL With Groin Strain
The Tigers have recalled John Hicks from Triple-A Toledo to replace Miguel Cabrera on the roster.

Brad Ausmus: 'Fair Game' For Fans To Fool Fielders
Brad Ausmus is hopeful the Tigers "got it" after being fooled by a Rays fan on Wednesday.


Justin Verlander Makes Light Of Pitch-Tipping Talk
Justin Verlander matched a career high by allowing nine runs on Saturday against the Indians.


Miguel Cabrera, Terry Francona Have Shouting Match
The Tigers defeated the Indians by the score of 7-6 on Friday night.

Andrew Romine Hits Grand Slam, Tested For PEDs After Game
Andrew Romine hit a go-ahead grand slam in the Tigers' 5-3 win over the Twins on Wednesday.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Angel Pagan To Decide On Club Soon
His performance at the World Baseball Classic increased his value.

Jim Bowden/ESPN