When Rollie Fingers says you need three things to succeed as a pitcher in the big leagues, he really means you need one. But either way you slice it, Justin Verlander has it.
Slugging outfielder Steven Moya, come off a breakout season at Double-A Erie that earned him Eastern League Most Valuable Player honors, cracked MLBPipeline.com's list at 100, keeping the Tigers represented on the list for another year.
Who is the best first baseman in the game today? MLB Network gave that title to Miguel Cabrera for a second straight year, but runner-up Paul Goldschmidt could make a move for the top spot this season.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus insists he wasn't kidding when he mentioned Alex Avila last week as a candidate to bat second. How serious of a consideration Avila becomes, and how productive he can be there, might depend as much on the batter behind him, Miguel Cabrera.
David Price was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 Draft, and after closing out the 2008 American League Championship Series for Tampa Bay it was pretty obvious he would be the No. 1 prospect by MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo heading into 2009, and he was.
Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Tigers prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including outfielder Steven Moya and right-hander Buck Farmer, ranked No. 4 and 5 by MLB.com.
Nick Castellanos spent last offseason at home in Miami taking ground balls from Omar Vizquel in preparation for his return to third base. This offseason, his followup work is taking him next week to Lubbock, Texas. It's an odd place to go for a South Florida native in the middle of winter. However, it's where Tigers defensive coordinator Matt Martin lives in the offseason.
Alex Avila is committed to making the hockey-style catching mask work for him, whether it's comfortable or not. After concussions in each of the last three seasons, the Tigers' backstop is making the switch.
The Tigers settled on a one-year deal with reliever Al Alburquerque on Saturday, taking care of their last remaining arbitration-eligible player.
The roster was a little different, the stars a little less familiar for some. The weather was a little warmer by late January standards. The response for TigerFest was very familiar.
Alex Avila has had plenty of discussion about how much protection catchers need from foul tips and bats. As he donned a firefighter's suit Friday, it might have been a bit much.
Jose Iglesias briefly caught himself in a time warp Thursday when he was asked about working with infield coach Omar Vizquel this spring. "I can't wait," he said. "We've got a new manager ... " Brad Ausmus was new last spring.
The Tigers have had positive feedback putting star players in regular jobs interacting with customers on their annual Winter Caravan. Magglio Ordonez and Jose Valverde worked the drive-thru at a local McDonald's in 2011. Torii Hunter and Phil Coke handled the breakfast crowd at Dunkin' Donuts a couple years ago. This year, Joe Nathan and Nick Castellanos worked tables.
As the industry ponders David Price's future and his potential market, he indicated he's open to discussions on a long-term contract with the Tigers, even as he acknowledged the strong lure of being able to pick his destination and see what his market value is.
It turns out the six-year, $144 million offer the Tigers made to Max Scherzer was their last real chance to sign him. It was not necessarily their best chance.
Max Scherzer is the second pitcher that Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones has coached who has ended up signing a seven-year contract worth $180 million or more, joining Justin Verlander. Once Rick Porcello's situation is resolved in Boston, Jones could have three pupils with well over $400 million in contracts.
In the end, the long goodbye to Max Scherzer lasted 10 months. It began with that late March morning in Spring Training, when the Tigers announced they had made Scherzer a long-term contract offer -- $144 million over six years -- that Scherzer turned down. It became official in the wee hours of a late January morning, with next Spring Training on the horizon.
David Price's final arbitration year will cost the Tigers a cool $19.75 million, the largest one-year deal in history for a player who filed for arbitration. While the club can do nothing else this winter and still have a team worthy of some top-of-the-AL Central forecasts for 2015, we're really starting to see the vulnerability that comes with retaining or obtaining star talent in today's game.
The Tigers and left-hander David Price have agreed to a record $19.75 million deal for 2015 to avoid avoid arbitration, according to CBS Sports. The club has not confirmed the deal.
Miguel Cabrera took another step Thursday in his rehab from foot and ankle surgery. He took that step without the aid of a walking boot.
The Tigers held onto a piece of their relief depth when Luke Putkonen cleared waivers. The right-handed long reliever has been outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, the team announced Thursday afternoon.
Alan Trammell, who recently rejoined the Tigers as a special assistant, is excited to embark on the next phase of a baseball career now approaching 40 years. Whether it's in an offseason youth camp or Spring Training, he doesn't pass up an opportunity to pass on his passion and knowledge for the game.
The Tigers are hoping that Miguel Cabrera and his surgically repaired right foot will be healthy enough to be in their Opening Day lineup. His Spring Training readiness, however, is expected to be limited if not delayed.
Tom Gorzelanny's signing, not surprisingly, was welcome news to Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, who now has a veteran lefty in his much-scrutinized bullpen. If anyone should know what he's getting with Gorzelanny, it's Ausmus.
While the Tigers embark on their Winter Caravan trek through Michigan later this month, manager Brad Ausmus and catcher Alex Avila will be making a side trip to Toledo, Ohio, for charity. They'll take part in the Mud Hens' second annual Tiger Talk: A Helping Hens Charity Event, scheduled for Jan. 22 at Fifth Third Field.
Jim Leyland followed Tony La Russa's path into managing in the Major Leagues. He will not be following La Russa's path into the front office. For that matter, he's not thinking about managing again, either.
For the Tigers, who largely held off on bullpen dealings through the heart of the Hot Stove season in November and December, this might be the time that they add arms to a relief corps that has been scrutinized ever since the American League Division Series collapse against Baltimore.
After an offseason filled with transactions and intrigue, Spring Training is fast approaching. That means it's time for the unveiling of the latest MLBPipeline.com Top 100 Prospects list. The Top 50 will be unveiled during a one-hour special on MLB Network and MLB.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and the entire list will be available on MLB.com.
Spring is officially on the horizon. Major League Baseball announced the first Spring Training workout dates for all 30 of its clubs on Thursday. Pitchers and catchers for the reigning World Series champion Giants -- along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds -- will be the first to work out, with a Feb. 19 start date. Thirteen other clubs will work out pitchers and catchers for the first time the
Alan Trammell pretty well called it years ago, back when he and Jack Morris were languishing on the lower end of the Hall of Fame voting results.