Alan Trammell was everything we want in a Hall of Famer, right? He spent his entire 20-year career with one team. He was a World Series champion. But a jam-packed 2015 ballot doesn't bode well for Trammell, who deserves enshrinement, writes MLB Network's Matt Yallof.
The Tigers' effort to give back continued leading up to Thanksgiving, long after players had headed home for the offseason. Twenty-five members of the club's front office volunteered in the week before the holiday at Focus: HOPE, a Detroit-based nonprofit group designed to help overcome poverty and racism through education and training.
Outfielder Ezequiel Carrera elected to become a free agent on Tuesday after the Tigers outrighted him to Triple-A Toledo.
Most of the first-timers on the latest Hall of Fame ballot don't have a legitimate chance of making it to Cooperstown, but they nonetheless had impressive big league careers worthy of another look.
Alan Trammell has made his way back to the Tigers, now a special assistant almost a decade after managing the team. Barring a miraculous surge in votes, it appears he will not make it into the Hall of Fame.
Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski tried to downplay the possibility of re-signing Max Scherzer and flipping David Price in an interview with MLB Network Radio on Friday afternoon.
The Tigers added depth to their outfield ranks and footspeed to their camp this week by signing former Orioles and Mariners farmhand Xavier Avery to a Minor League contract.
Alex Avila isn't sure whether a change of masks will change his fortunes when it comes to concussions. At this point, however, he's willing to consider it.
The Tigers' search for bullpen help led them to the waiver wire on the day Major League teams have to set their 40-man rosters. Josh Zeid isn't the big-name signing that many expect the Tigers to make, but he's the kind of waiver claim they often seek out at this time of year.
The Tigers picked up the club option on Alex Avila's contract earlier this week, but they remain in the news surrounding catching. While Major League sources confirmed a report from FOXSports.com that Detroit had talks with the Astros about their catching surplus, the source said talks ended with the Tigers moving on.
The Tigers filled their 40-man roster Thursday, purchasing the contracts of relief prospect Angel Nesbitt and infielder Dixon Machado to protect them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
While Alan Trammell and Lance Parrish have come back to the Tigers' organization over the past 12 months, their ties to the city have been maintained for a while through their work at Wayne State University in midtown Detroit. The two will host their fifth annual baseball camp there Saturday, Dec. 13.
The Tigers took care of two of their most pressing needs last week by re-signing Victor Martinez and trading for Anthony Gose. They likely have a waiting game ahead of them if they're going to make any move on retaining Max Scherzer. That leaves some time to address other parts, such as the bullpen, even if it's not the major move many might pine for.
We can all agree (I think) that Max Scherzer is the top arm available in free agency. The dude turned down $144 million after his 2013 American League Cy Young Award-winning season and backed that up with a season in which his numbers remained elite and his stuff was in some ways more polished. But monitor the Scherzer free-agent market, and what do you hear? Crickets.
The Tigers announced Monday that they've picked up their $5.4 million option on Alex Avila, bypassing his final season of arbitration. The club option was part of the contract that the team and Avila's agent, Jim Murray, negotiated last winter to avoid arbitration. The Tigers had until Thursday to decide.
The Tigers officially brought back Victor Martinez on Friday, which was expected to shut the door on any possibility of a return by Max Scherzer. Instead, the door might well have opened just a crack.
The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. Here are the development highlights from the AFL's 23rd season for all 30 big league organizations.
On the day the Tigers officially welcomed back Victor Martinez, they effectively said farewell to Torii Hunter, according to president/GM Dave Dombrowski.
With bullpen looming as Detroit's next major need, the Tigers and veteran reliever Joel Hanrahan greed to terms on a Minor League contract with incentives. Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed the deal following the team's news conference for Victor Martinez's re-signing Friday.
The spacious confines of Comerica Park have acres and acres of territory in center field. The trade of Austin Jackson to Seattle this past summer created a void for the Tigers in center that seemed just as big. As is always the case, the former played into the latter.
For the first time since 2010, the American League Most Valuable Player Award winner is not a Detroit Tiger. Victor Martinez came about as close as any designated hitter ever has. While Angels center fielder Mike Trout finally beat out a Detroiter for AL MVP honors, winning the vote unanimously, Martinez finished as the runner-up. The DH received 16 of the 30 second-place votes, twice as many as t
In the normal free-agency story, the questions are: Where is he going? And how much is he getting? These elements are obviously present with Max Scherzer. But in his case you also get the answer to another question that just won't go away: Was turning down that six-year, $144 million deal from the Tigers a smart move?
Victor Martinez was the one player the Detroit Tigers weren't going to let leave. Let's not sweat the small stuff. If you're caught up in the Tigers giving a four-year contract to a player who'll be 36 on Opening Day next season, you're missing the larger point. This isn't about 2017 or 2018. This is about now. About winning a World Series. In 2015.
The Blue Jays and Tigers swapped young players on Wednesday night, with Toronto sending center fielder Anthony Gose to Detroit for second-base prospect Devon Travis.
The Tigers no longer have a reigning Cy Young Award winner in their rotation. Max Scherzer finished fifth and teammate David Price finished sixth in voting for the award this year.
Most players in contract years don't want to think about free agency during the season. Victor Martinez made sure the Tigers knew what he was thinking about it on a late summer day in a private conversation at Comerica Park, months before they finalized his four-year, $68 million contract extension this week.
Robbie Ray, who could be in the mix for a spot in the Tigers' rotation in 2015, impressed during his four-start stint in the AFL.
Monday's decisions from Victor Martinez and Max Scherzer to reject their qualifying offers doesn't close the door on either one returning to the Tigers in 2015. It just means they're not coming back for the one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer.
David Newhan, a former utility man in San Diego, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Houston, has joined Detroit's coaching staff as assistant hitting coach to work alongside primary hitting coach Wally Joyner.
The Tigers have won the American League Central each of the last four seasons. Whether they extend that streak in 2015 could depend partly on how they deal with the fact that three of their top players -- Max Scherzer, Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter -- are now free agents.