A number of factors can determine the result of a Spring Training position battle: performance, track record, the team's needs, the way the players fit and so on. The Tigers' utility infield and fifth outfield spots could be affected by two candidates' lack of Minor League options. Both Andrew Romine and Hernan Perez are out of Minor League options, meaning they would have to be designated for ass
Two days after designating Chad Smith for assignment, the Tigers lost the right-handed reliever to the A's on waivers. Detroit designated Smith for assignment on Tuesday to make room for the return of reliever Joba Chamberlain, giving them 10 days to trade, release or outright Smith. It took only two for Oakland to make a claim on the 25-year-old right-hander.
Miguel Cabrera has been hitting and throwing at Joker Marchant Stadium since arriving to Spring Training. He could begin working out at first base soon, too. Cabrera, somewhat limited at the start of camp by his surgically repaired right foot, ran while carrying 65 percent of his body weight Wednesday using the Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill the Tigers ordered for him.
Andrew Romine is a candidate to fill Don Kelly's old role as the Tigers' superutility player. He has not yet reached Kelly replacement level on the number of gloves he carries around, having brought five to camp. One of those is his middle-infield glove, the same glove Romine has used in games ever since he turned pro eight years ago.
Brad Ausmus has been credited by a few different publications, including Baseball Prospectus, as one of the best pitch-framing catchers of his generation, if not all-time. If there's a skill to it, he should know. Still, there are now readily available statistics, and Ausmus wants to put them to use -- not just in Detroit, but throughout the Tigers' organization.
Joe Nathan's first Spring Training with the Tigers preceded the slow start that set up one of the first challenges of Brad Ausmus' managerial career. Ausmus is hoping not to go through that this season. What he has seen from Nathan so far, and the way Nathan feels, has the manager encouraged.
Brad Ausmus made his initial Spring Training address to his team on Tuesday before the Tigers' first full-squad workout. Then he made his initial address to Twitter.
Miguel Cabrera's special treadmill for rehab arrived at Tigers camp on Tuesday, and a recovering Jose Iglesias continues to make progress.
At 11 months out from Tommy John surgery, Bruce Rondon threw his second bullpen session of camp Tuesday as he slowly works his way back, an encouraging sight to manager Brad Ausmus.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was pleased with his bullpen depth on Monday, and that was before the team re-signed veteran reliever Joba Chamberlain on Tuesday. Now a crop of young arms has a more difficult task ahead trying to crack Detroit's roster.
On the day the Tigers began full-squad workouts, they welcomed back another reliever to help fill out their bullpen. Joba Chamberlain re-signed Tuesday morning on a one-year deal, returning to the team with which he revived his career last year.
Joel Hanrahan's pitching progression is on hold, but his fielding seems to be in midseason form. Hanrahan won the team's annual Spring Training ragball tournament, which adds some excitement to pitchers' fielding practice.
At some point during his ongoing debate over who should bat second in the Tigers' lineup, Brad Ausmus went deep into the splits. He is still considering Alex Avila and Torii Hunter, among others.
While the Red Sox reportedly put the finishing touches Monday on a contract for Yoan Moncada, including a reported $31.5 million bonus, Tigers officials said they had little contact since a January workout.
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera still stayed in good shape while being limited in what he could do with a surgically repaired right foot. As he rolled into Tigers camp on Monday morning, a few days earlier than anticipated, Cabrera looked notably fit and trim.
Joe Nathan spent the offseason changing his training regimen to feel younger, a difference he can feel this spring before he gets to the park. "Getting up is a lot easier. I'm ready to go," the Tigers closer said.
Jose Iglesias' 2014 season ended when Spring Training had barely begun. So it made sense that he'd try to get his 2015 season going early. After missing all of last season with stress fractures in both shins, the Tigers' shortstop couldn't wait for the offseason to end, making the trip from his Miami home to Spring Training in Lakeland a couple of days ago.
One of baseball's best rotations could be made up of pitchers who have left the Tigers in recent years. But that does not mean that the 2015 Detroit rotation is in tatters or even in trouble. David Price, Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, Alfredo Simon, Shane Greene. That rotation should pose plenty of problems for the opposition.
Joel Hanrahan's first trip to the mound during camp was relatively short for the Tigers reliever, who is still recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The Tigers' spring home in Lakeland, Fla., is just a short drive from David Price's Tampa residence, so the left-hander has had an easy transition from his days with the Rays.
Kyle Ryan and Buck Farmer each had successful debuts last season, and both will be vying for a spot in the Tigers' bullpen this spring.
Casper Wells is back where he started. The outfielder agreed to terms with the Tigers on Friday on a Minor League contract that brings him back to the organization that drafted him a decade ago.
Tigers catcher Alex Avila likes the pace-of-game rules announced by Major League Baseball, and hopes they bring more consistency to between-inning breaks.
Tigers catcher Alex Avila on Friday debuted the new hockey-style mask he has adopted in an attempt to reduce his risk for concussions after a series of foul tips over the last few years.
Dr. James Andrews, who performed Hanrahan's surgery, said he didn't need another, and four months of rest seemed to breathe new life into his arm. He still knows he's not back just yet.
The Tigers began taking care of contracts for their pre-arbitration players Thursday, announcing one-year contracts for 11 players on their 40-man roster.
Joakim Soria rolled into Tigers camp Thursday morning and said he hadn't yet discussed his role with manager Brad Ausmus. By midday, Soria's role was pretty clear, at least for now.
The giant door that separates the Tigers' clubhouse from the playing field at Joker Marchant Stadium and the back fields for practice doesn't have much spring action left in order to close. It's historic, like a lot of things around Tigertown, and when the wind picks up going toward right field at the stadium, it tends to float halfway open, allowing air to rush in and giving players a clear idea
The Tigers received good news Wednesday on superstar first baseman Miguel Cabrera, with a CT scan revealing a "good progression of healing" after he had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle and to repair a stress fracture in his foot.
Justin Verlander came to camp with a healthy arm, his shoulder issues last season put behind him. He also arrived with a bulked-up body, having put on 25 pounds with a full offseason of lifting.