Tigers add prospect Gerber, sign Carpenter

November 21, 2017

The moves leave the Tigers’ roster at 39. Teams must have at least one spot open to participate in next month’s Rule 5 Draft, where the club is expected to be active. Teams can and will add and subtract players in the meantime as free agents sign and clubs make trades. Gerber is the Tigers’ highest-ranked prospect to be added — he’s 10th on MLBPipeline.com’s list. His left-handed bat and…

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Sheffield among ex-Tigers seeking spot in Hall

November 20, 2017

The Tigers watched one of their own enter Cooperstown this past summer when Ivan Rodriguez, a key part of Detroit’s baseball revival a decade ago, was inducted on his first ballot. Though Rodriguez went into the Hall wearing a Texas Rangers cap, he became the first Hall of Fame inductee to have played for the Tigers since Al Kaline’s induction in 1980. None of the ex-Tigers on this year’s ballot…

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Tigers looking for lefty bats to balance lineup

November 17, 2017

• Hot Stove Tracker “We’re very right-handed, so left-handed anything — infield and outfield — would be very handy for us as far as somebody that could help at the Major League level in 2018,” Avila told reporters Monday at baseball’s GM Meetings. “No doubt about that.” The Tigers were a middle-of-the-pack offense for most of last season. Their .258 batting average overall ranked 12th among Major League teams, their…

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Mientkiewicz named Tigers' Triple-A skipper

November 16, 2017

Mientkiewicz, 43, spent the past five years as a successful manager in the Twins’ farm system. He took four teams to the postseason, including his Class A Advanced Florida State League club this year in Fort Myers, Fla. His FSL title with Fort Myers in 2014 helped him earn a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga, where he won a Southern League title the next year. Among the Twins prospects he managed…

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Kinsler falls short of repeat Gold Glove Award

November 8, 2017

• VOTE NOW: Esurance MLB Awards’ Best Defensive Player Statistically, Kinsler again built a strong case, maybe even stronger than his victorious campaign last year. His six Defensive Runs Saved ranked second among AL second basemen to White Sox rookie Yolmer Sanchez, though it marked Kinsler’s first season lower than double digits for DRS since 2012. His 6.1 Ultimate Zone Rating tied Pedroia for most among AL second basemen, and…

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Tigers reinstate V-Mart from 60-day DL

November 3, 2017

In a roster formality, designated hitter Victor Martinez was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. The moves leave the Tigers with 31 players on their 40-man roster. The Martinez move doesn’t necessarily mean he’s ready to play again next year after recurring heart issues ended his 2017 season early. Detroit had to remove him from the disabled list at the start of the offseason regardless. General manager Al Avila said…

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In return to Tigers, Santiago elated to give back

November 3, 2017

“I wanted to give it a first try with the Tigers,” he said, “because the Tigers are the team that gave me my opportunity [as a player].” Detroit didn’t have any full-time coaching positions at that point; the club had just brought back fellow ex-Tiger utility man Don Kelly in a hybrid scouting/instructional role to give him a sense of both jobs. But Avila and Santiago kept in touch, and…

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Eaves delivers in extra-innings AFL win

November 2, 2017

“You come out here and play hard. It’s a long day, so for that to happen, it’s always great, especially for him,” said Kody Eaves, who was instrumental in helping make sure Mesa kept pace with Surprise by driving in four runs. • Box score Eaves opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Mesa had loaded the bases with one out against Royals right-hander Zach Lovvorn. Eaves unloaded…

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Young talent brings Bosio to Detroit

November 2, 2017

“Diving into this thing a little bit more to find out more about the organization, you start to get the juices flowing a little bit about the talent that this organization has in the foreseeable future,” Bosio said on a Thursday conference call. “They’re not that far away.” While the Tigers kept familiar faces in Lloyd McClendon and Dave Clark while bringing over several of manager Ron Gardenhire’s old coaches…

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Tigers outright Presley, lose Romine to waivers

November 2, 2017

The Tigers also formally declined the $16 million club option on Anibal Sanchez, buying out his contract for $5 million and making him a free agent. Sanchez’s solid outing DET@KC: Sanchez fans six over six solid innings Anibal Sanchez strikes out six over six innings of two-run ball in a strong start against the Royals The moves reduce Detroit’s 40-man roster to 34. Some of those spots will be taken…

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