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Despite Interest in Left-Handed Releivers, Don’t Expect Detroit Tigers to Make a Move Quick

December 19th, 2014 at 3:32 PM
By Max DeMara

After adding Alex Wilson last week, the Detroit Tigers may or may not go looking for additional bullpen help the rest of the offseason.

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press discussed the possibility of the Tigers adding a left-handed pitcher this week in passing, and said the team had been working the market for such an option.

Fenech, though, also noted the team was only prepared to offer a few pitchers a minor-league option where other competing teams could offer major league time. Knowing that, it's easy to pinpoint the Tigers as long shots for such pitchers.

That fact also speaks to Detroit's apparent willingness to head into the season with pitchers such as Blaine Hardy and Ian Krol in the fold. Both lefties showed flashes of brilliance last season, but struggled with consistency. Following a decent start, Krol was demoted to Toledo, and Hardy became a non-factor down the stretch after mowing through the middle of the season.

The Tigers know these young options exist, so tying up payroll and roster space with a veteran like Neal Cotts or Craig Breslow might not make sense, especially considering Krol and Hardy could provide the team exactly what either of those two veteran options could.

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New Addition Profiles: Reliever Josh Zeid Looking to Acheive Health and More Substantial Role

December 18th, 2014 at 10:31 AM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Tigers have been busy adding players the last two months. We're profiling all the new blood coming to the Motor City.

When the Detroit Tigers quickly moved to add reliever Josh Zeid, the move likely evoked nothing but puzzled grunts from fans who expected the team to make a more substantial splash in the bullpen market.

Instead, the team ended up taking an early flier on Zeid, a right handed pitcher who spent two seasons with the Houston Astros. Despite being sidelined in 2014 for a foot procedure, Zeid actually had pitched well with the Astros.

Once upon a time, the relief prospect was a major haul for Houston amidst the Hunter Pence trade, but now, he's trying to bounce back and stick with Detroit. Here's the ins and outs about the Tigers' first bullpen pickup.

What He's Good At: Getting lefties out. In total, Zeid maintained a very respectable average against lefties early after being called up. He held lefties to a .176 average early during his first stint in Houston, showing flashes of what he could excel at. That number increased, but it's certainly something that had to get Detroit thinking. That's something the Tigers have struggled with recently, from right handed or left handed pitching in their bullpen.

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Until Proven Otherwise, Don’t Mistakenly Discount Detroit Tigers in Max Scherzer Race

December 17th, 2014 at 11:21 AM
By Max DeMara

After completing costly deals for starting pitchers Alfredo Simon and Shane Greene, most figure the Detroit Tigers are done pursuing pitching this offseason, specifically free agent Max Scherzer.

That could be true. However, what few people account for is the Mike Ilitch factor. Ilitch, owner of the Tigers, rarely shies away from bringing back players he likes. He also isn't bashful about dealing with super-agent Scott Boras.

That's why all the noise last week emanating from the winter meetings following Detroit's moves just didn't add up. Tigers' general manager Dave Dombrowski didn't back down from the notion that the team was finished, disputing the idea that Scherzer would enter back into the fray.

"We love Max, he did a great job for us," Dombrowski said in a piece by Chris Iott of MLive. "We tried to sign him last spring. We really made an effort in that regard. I guess anything can happen, but we're not in active pursuit of that situation at this time. We're happy with our starting pitchers."

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New Addition Profiles: Center Fielder Anthony Gose Brings Speed, Defense for Detroit Tigers

December 16th, 2014 at 1:02 PM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Tigers have been busy adding players the last two months. We're profiling all the new blood coming to the Motor City.

When the Detroit Tigers decided on a July trade for elite pitcher David Price, they knew they'd have to give significantly to get.

Center fielder Austin Jackson ended up as part of the bait that helped Detroit eventually land Price, but a solid defensive option and an offensive threat from the lineup were subtracted from the roster in exchange.

The uncertainty caused by an Ezequiel Carrera and Rajai Davis platoon didn't help after the fact, and the Tigers' offense and defense both faded down the stretch from the position.

Arguably, that's the reason Dave Dombrowski moved quickly on an upgrade, targeting Anthony Gose from the Toronto Blue Jays as his first move. When Gose arrived in Detroit on November 12th, the offseason was barely a few weeks old.

Gose was the odd man out in Toronto, where center field depth allowed the Blue Jays to justify the move by nabbing infielder Devon Travis from the Tigers. Also helping Gose out of town? Questions about his bat.

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Analyzing the Detroit Tigers’ First Round of Offseason Moves Position by Position

December 15th, 2014 at 10:23 AM
By Max DeMara

The Detroit Tigers have had a busy last two weeks of December, which took care of plenty of the team's remaining offseason needs.

Now, Detroit has retooled their outfield and rotation in a significant way and is probably done making big moves, save for a significant addition to a still-needy bullpen. Expect the coming days to be much quieter as a result.

How does what's already happened rate, and where could the team still be headed the rest of the offseason? Today, we break down what's happened, what it means, and analyze the Tigers' moves thus far.

Starting Rotation: The Tigers moved quickly to shake this group up, nabbing Shane Greene and Alfredo Simon within a week of each other. Rick Porcello is gone, as is promising rookie Robbie Ray, who made some spot-starts last year. It's clear the Tigers have dramatically shaken the starting staff up and will have plenty of new blood in 2015.

Hello: Shane Greene, Alfredo Simon.

Goodbye: Rick Porcello, Robbie Ray.

Wildcard To Come: Max Scherzer.

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