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Detroit Tigers Bring Back Reliever Ryan Perry on Minor-League Deal

February 28th, 2015 at 10:00 AM
By Max DeMara

Just before the Detroit Tigers start their spring training schedule this coming Monday, they made one final tweak to their system on Friday.

Ryan Perry, the team's former first round pick from 2008, was signed to a minor-league contract. Perry, of course, was dealt away to the Washington Nationals in December 2011 for fellow reliever Collin Balester.

Perry, once considered a closer of the future in Detroit, struggled when given an opportunity to prove his salt with the Tigers. In 2010 he was 3-5 with a 3.59 ERA, 23 walks and 45 strikeouts. Every season since his rookie year in 2009, Perry's totals got worse and he failed to meet high expectations.

After being sent to Washington unceremoniously, Perry's fade began. He appeared in only seven games for the Nationals in 2012, and hasn't pitched in any major league game since then while having his problems in the minors. Washington officially released him on July 17, 2014.

Now, Perry is back in the system that developed him on a low-risk minor-league deal. The Tigers don't expect him to join the team in big-league camp, which means he will likely be relegated to minor league action to start the 2015 season.

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Five Detroit Tigers’ Spring Training Games to Pay Close Attention to in March and April

February 27th, 2015 at 4:22 PM
By Max DeMara

It seems like it's been forever since the Detroit Tigers played an actual baseball game, (October 5 to be exact), but that drought will finally end this Monday with the return of competitive action.

There's plenty of story lines to monitor, but most of all, what games should be watched the closest? Most listed are on television, but can still be followed on the radio as well by listening to 97.1. As spring training gets underway, remember these five particular dates the most.

1. Tuesday, March 3 (Baltimore Orioles). Though the Tigers officially start on Monday against Florida Southern, Tuesday represents their first competition against big league opposition, and ironically enough, it's a rematch of the 2014 ALDS against the Orioles. Can Detroit get a measure of revenge? Perhaps that's attempting to maximize the impact of a meaningless game, but some will likely have those thoughts while listening.

2. Friday, March 6 (New York Mets). Friday's game represents the first chance to watch the Tigers on television during the 2015 season. MLB Network will televise their game against the Mets, and though it will be on delay, baseball on television at this point is still baseball no matter the circumstance or opposition, right?

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Though Detroit Tigers Have Missed on Cuban Prospects, They’ll Keep Hunting

February 26th, 2015 at 2:07 PM
By Max DeMara

Monday, the Yoan Moncada dance ended, with the Boston Red Sox securing the services of the young infielder on a $63 million dollar contract.

Though the Detroit Tigers were involved and did their due diligence with Moncada, they eventually pulled out of the running. It was the second time in recent memory that the team has lost out on a Cuban prospect to the Red Sox, with outfielder Rusney Castillo signing in Boston late last season.

If not directly involved with bidding, the Tigers have been involved in the pursuit of several Cuban prospects recently, dating back to their time trying to woo Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes might have broken the seal on sending more Cubans to Detroit earlier, but the Tigers signed Prince Fielder instead.

Now a mere three years later with Cespedes finally in the fold in Motown, all's well that ends well on that front.

Credit the Tigers for sticking with the idea of the Cuban project since, though, and don't expect them to be quiet as it relates to chasing down some of the best and brightest prospects in the future. It's important to remember how Dave Dombrowski was one of the first to break through on that front, reeling in Livan Hernandez while with the Miami Marlins.

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Newly Motivated Ian Krol Could Be Best Bounce Back Candidate for Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen

February 25th, 2015 at 11:01 AM
By Max DeMara

Last season, the Detroit Tigers' entire bullpen struggled, but the left side of the rubber was perhaps the best poster child for many of these problems as a whole.

As a veteran, Phil Coke continually struggled to get back into form, and outside of that, the team was depending if not relying on a pair of youngsters to grow up quick, take huge steps forward in their first true seasons in the big leagues and make meaningful contributions right off the bat.

That was a leap of faith from the beginning.

Both Ian Krol and Blaine Hardy handled the duty decently for stretches, but neither had what it took to put together a full, consistent season. This was due in large part to the nature of transitioning to the big leagues, and learning the ropes of what must be done.

Krol himself admitted to being lazy, and not necessarily putting in the work needed to have success at the major league level. As a result, he was mentally and physically gone by mid-season, not to see success return again the rest of the way. It seems, however, he has a better grip on what happened and what must be done to succeed now.

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Detroit Tigers Make Solid Move to Bring Back Motivated Reliever Joba Chamberlain for 2015

February 24th, 2015 at 11:06 AM
By Max DeMara

If any Detroit Tigers' fans went to sleep still feeling nervous about the bullpen on February 23, by the time they woke up on February 24, things might have felt just a bit better.

That's because Tuesday morning, the team brought back Joba Chamberlain, one of their more consistent relievers from last season, on a one-year deal worth $1 million dollars. Chamberlain had been a free agent and early in the process, it didn't appear as if the Tigers were going to bring him back. Interest from the Los Angeles Dodgers was recently reported, and all was quiet on the signing front.

But, Chamberlain was apparently motivated to stay with the Tigers all along, both thanks to the quality situation in Detroit and lingering thoughts of what could have been left over from last year. He told MLive.com's Chris Iott that there were equal parts motivation from the Detroit fans and his own personal accountability that brought him back in the end.

Chamberlain went 2-5 with a 3.57 ERA and 1.286 WHIP in 69 games for the Tigers last season. He pitched very well before the All-Star break but struggled in the second half.

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