Figuring out how Joakim Soria fits into a Tigers bullpen that's set to get a makeover while still keeping several of its parts is not necessarily a simple matter for the club this offseason, but the reliever is seemingly an important commodity.
Alex Avila should be able to have a normal offseason after concussion symptoms from a couple of weeks ago subsided and followup tests came back negative. Still, there's a lingering concern within the Tigers organization -- including VP and assistant GM Al Avila -- for his health after at least three concussions in recent years.
One of the hallmarks of Dave Dombrowski's tenure with the Tigers has been the continuity of his staff, keeping his inner circle of trusted advisors largely together in an era when even top evaluators often bounce around and success usually leads to bigger things for assistants. Dombrowski lost someone from his core group on Monday, but filled the void with a similarly familiar face.
Steven Moya, who hit .276 with 33 doubles and 35 home runs at Double-A this year, connected on his first home run of the Arizona Fall League on Saturday night. Orioles prospect Zach Davies scattered two hits across four innings, striking out seven and earning the victory for Glendale.
The Tigers will go into Spring Training in 2015 with the expectation that Jose Iglesias will be ready to go when camp begins in mid-February. If he meets that expectation, he's likely to be the Tigers' starting shortstop.
With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye, and in this edition of Pipeline Perspectives, they tackle big outfielders in the Arizona Fall League, with Mayo preferring Steven Moya of the Tigers.
What looked like a second consecutive offseason surgery -- and a second consecutive injury-shortened training regimen -- for Miguel Cabrera is now less certain. At this point, it's unclear whether the Tigers slugger will need surgery to remove a bone spur in his right ankle.
Entering Tuesday, Glendale hadn't won in a week. Since its victory on Opening Day in the Arizona Fall League last Tuesday against Mesa, it had endured a rainout, a three-game losing streak and a tie after 11 innings against Peoria on Monday. Glendale snapped out of its doldrums Tuesday night, combining solid pitching with an explosive offense to rout Peoria, 9-0.
Dave Dombrowski's end-of-season press conference Tuesday came too early for his liking, he said, noting the Tigers' American League Division Series exit. However, he insisted their earliest bounce from the postseason is not the sign that it's getting late for them to contend for a World Series.
At the age of 25, the lanky 6-foot-3, 200-pound Kyle Lobstein made his debut for the Tigers on Aug. 23. He pitched in some important games for the club during its successful drive for the American League Central title.
If the Tigers want Torii Hunter back for 2015, he wants to play another year. If Detroit doesn't want him back, then he might have a decision to make on whether he wants to keep playing.
If towering slugger Steven Moya is going to have a chance to make the jump to Detroit next year, his Arizona Fall League campaign will likely play a role in bridging the developmental gap.
The Tigers and Dodgers each entered the postseason with loaded lineups and multiple Cy Young Award winners. Unfortunately for both clubs, their season-long bullpen issues proved to be their fatal flaw.
Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.
The crisp fall winds feel a little chillier across Michigan with the Tigers' postseason run over sooner than expected. The miserable Midwestern winter is now on countdown. The Tigers, however, will spend the offseason trying to keep their window open for a World Series title.
The Tigers' rule of the American League Central continued, now at four consecutive division titles. The Tigers' search for a World Series title continued as well, now at 30 years since the team's magical 1984 season.
Go beyond the shock and disappointment of the American League Division Series sweep to the Orioles, capped by Sunday's 2-1 loss, and there's the underlying question whether this could be the end of an era.
This kind of game was the reason the Tigers traded for David Price. Not only the situation and the setup, with their season on the line and the spotlight almost as bright as it can shine -- but the performance as well. Price delivered the outing you would expect out of an ace, but it wasn't enough as Detroit's season ended.
The Tigers didn't give themselves many chances to score Sunday, and until the ninth inning, the few chances they did have evaporated almost as quickly as they appeared thanks to a combination of baserunning mistakes, a few unique calls, a lack of production from the middle of the order and a disarmingly thin bench.
Torii Hunter joined the Tigers hoping to cap his career with a World Series ring. As he sat in a dejected clubhouse Sunday, stunned by an American League Division Series sweep to the Orioles, he had to wonder if that chance was fading away.
The Orioles are heading to their first American League Championship Series since 1997 on the back of a two-run home run by Nelson Cruz and a gem from starting pitcher Bud Norris. Here are some interesting stats to digest.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus talks about his club's season-ending loss to the Orioles in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
The Tigers tried to mount a game-tying rally in the ninth inning, but fell a run short in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles on Sunday at Comerica Park in Game 3 of the American League Division Series to complete Baltimore's three-game sweep.
For the fourth time this season, Tigers catcher Alex Avila left a game with concussion symptoms. This time, it happened on the postseason stage, thanks to a Steve Pearce foul tip in the sixth inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Orioles on Sunday at Comerica Park. After Detroit's season ended with a 2-1 loss, Avila confirmed he suffered a concussion on the play.
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy and second baseman Jonathan Schoop made Tigers center fielder Don Kelly pay for a baserunning mistake during the third inning of Sunday's American League Division Series Game 3 at Comerica Park.
Looking to give left-hander David Price an early lead over the Orioles, the Tigers challenged an out call at first base that ended the second inning of Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park, but the call on the field stood.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus discusses his club's plan for a potential Game 4 and its mindset heading into Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Orioles, down 0-2.
What was expected to be a game-time decision on Rajai Davis did not last into batting practice on Sunday. The Tigers center fielder, who has battled a pelvic ligament strain for the past week, was not in Detroit's starting lineup for Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Orioles at Comerica Park.
J.D. Martinez has been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season. But credit for his transformation from a waiver-wire pickup to one of the keys to Detroit's lineup must be divided among several people.
A whole lot went wrong for the Tigers in Baltimore on Thursday and Friday, dropping them into an 0-2 hole in the American League Division Series. Consequently, a whole lot would have to go right for them to dig their way out of it.