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Three Spring Invitees with the Best Chance of Making the Detroit Tigers’ Roster
January 26th, 2016 at 7:59 PM
A few weeks ago, the Detroit Tigers released the list of players they intended on inviting to spring camp. ***VIDEO1*** The list ranged from pitchers to infielders, and included both established veterans and players who have never set foot in a big-league park. With a packed roster, few can be expected to...

Detroit Tigers’ Interchangeable Bullpen Looking Stronger After Major Reconstruction
December 18th, 2015 at 3:01 PM
The Detroit Tigers' bullpen was historically bad last season, plummeting to league lows in multiple categories. ***VIDEO1*** As a result, it wasn't a surprise that the team dedicated its time and resources to reshaping that group in the offseason. Three bold moves by Al Avila have changed the outlook of the relief...

Bruce Rondon Involved in Ugly Bench Clearing Brawl in Winter Ball
December 13th, 2015 at 9:18 PM
Late last season, Detroit Tigers' Bruce Rondon was sent packing for effort level. ***VIDEO1*** Clearly, the pitcher wasn't suffering from an in-game care issue. Video surfaced over the weekend of Rondon getting involved in a massive bench clearing brawl. In the video, Rondon throws to first base and begins jawing with Jose Osuna,...

Detroit Tigers Score Left-Handed Relief Help with Clever Trade for Justin Wilson
December 9th, 2015 at 7:57 PM
Don't like spending money? Then don't become one of baseball's owners or general managers. ***VIDEO1*** The predicament facing all of those folks on day three of baseball's Winter Meetings has never been more evident. In the league today, it's either spend or get spent, and that's particularly true with regards to pitching. Now,...

Detroit Tigers Stay Busy, Adding Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mark Lowe; Focus on Others?
December 7th, 2015 at 11:41 AM
The Detroit Tigers continue to explore all avenues to improve their roster this offseason. ***VIDEO1*** Sunday, they added a backup catcher who was reportedly in demand on a one-year deal, signing Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Last season, Saltalamacchia played with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and hit .251 with eight home runs. He'll be expected to...

Detroit Tigers Non-Tender Relievers Al Aburquerque, Neftali Feliz
December 3rd, 2015 at 4:45 PM
This offseason, the Detroit Tigers were already going to be looking for relief help, but after Wednesday's moves, that's more the case. ***VIDEO1*** The team non-tendered a couple members of their bullpen from last season in Al Alburquerque and Neftali Feliz. Both were significant contributors for the team down the stretch last...

Five Underrated, Realistic Free Agent Relievers the Detroit Tigers Should Now Target
November 26th, 2015 at 10:50 AM
Last week, the Detroit Tigers finally found their closer at long last, nabbing Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers. ***VIDEO1*** Now, the challenge will be rounding out the rest of the bullpen. Considering the price the team will pay for Rodriguez, it's not likely they will nab another big name to pitch...

Detroit Tigers Deal Ian Krol, Gabe Speier for Outfielder Cameron Maybin
November 20th, 2015 at 6:17 PM
Cameron Maybin has officially come full circle. ***VIDEO1*** The 28 year old outfielder, once dealt in exchange for Miguel Cabrera, will get to play for the Detroit Tigers after all. Friday, Detroit acquired Maybin from the Atlanta Braves for a package of pitchers, Ian Krol and Gabe Speier. Maybin played three years for...

Complete Bullpen Reconstruction Has Likely Just Begun for Detroit Tigers
November 18th, 2015 at 9:52 PM
Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers checked a big item off their list, dealing for closer Francisco Rodriguez formally of the Milwaukee Brewers. ***VIDEO1*** That's not the end of their bullpen upgrade, however. Likely, it's just the beginning for the Tigers, who still need a few arms to complement Rodriguez, who will be expected...

Detroit Tigers Must Get Creative to Find Some Much-Needed Relief Help
November 16th, 2015 at 1:13 PM
So far, all has been quiet on the relief pitching front for the Detroit Tigers. ***VIDEO1*** The bullpen-needy team apparently has put an offer on the table for Darren O'Day, but so have a host of other teams. Joakim Soria, Detroit's closer from last year, is in the mix. The team is...

Report: Detroit Tigers Could Be One of Baseball’s ‘Big Spenders’ This Offseason
November 13th, 2015 at 10:23 AM
The Detroit Tigers didn't make the playoffs last season, which was a rarity considering where they've been recently. ***VIDEO1*** Could that give team owner Mike Ilitch more incentive to spend money this offseason? According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, that could be the case. The writer included the Tigers in his...

Report: Detroit Tigers One of Four Teams Interested in Releiver Darren O’Day
November 9th, 2015 at 10:04 AM
This offseason, the Detroit Tigers figure to be busy making over their bullpen, and their first target could be a bigger one. ***VIDEO1*** According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Tigers are one of four teams with interest in free agent right-handed slinger Darren O'Day, along with the Dodgers, Nats and...

Detroit Tigers Should Pursue Mike Maddux to Be Team’s Next Pitching Coach
October 21st, 2015 at 8:29 AM
The Detroit Tigers must fix their pitching staff in 2016 to improve, and a significant way to do that is by acquiring better players. ***VIDEO1*** All of a sudden, though, the chance exists for the team to make a dramatic move as it results to coaching, which is an often overlooked method...

Obtaining a Closer Likely Detroit Tigers’ Only Good Option This Offseason
October 14th, 2015 at 11:47 PM
Both in words and action, there seems to be a temptation brewing for the Detroit Tigers to sweep the closer situation under the rug this offseason. ***VIDEO1*** First it was the admission by Al Avila that there might not be any good options on the free agent market, which is true. Then,...

Play Should Determine If Bruce Rondon Stays with Detroit Tigers Next Season
October 13th, 2015 at 10:00 PM
The Detroit Tigers appeared all but ready to give up on Bruce Rondon late this season, sending him packing for effort level. ***VIDEO1*** Just a few weeks later, though, it sounds as if the team was happy with the lesson Rondon appeared to learn from his humbling demotion. Rondon was the first player...

Detroit Tigers’ Joe Jimenez Blazing Trail to Majors After Minor League Honors
October 8th, 2015 at 2:08 PM
During the 2015 season, relief pitching was the Detroit Tigers' biggest organizational concern. ***VIDEO1*** A bright spot, however, was the development of a homegrown pitcher named Blaine Hardy. Things could soon be the same for Joe Jimenez, who was named the minor league pitcher of the year by the organization on Wednesday....

ESPN’s Jim Bowden Predicts Detroit Tigers Will Focus on Rotation, Bullpen in Offseason
October 1st, 2015 at 2:51 PM
The Detroit Tigers figure to have a busy offseason, and one ESPN analyst is placing his bets at pitching being the biggest additions for Al Avila. ***VIDEO1*** Jim Bowden is putting together a piece for each team revolving around what they can be expected to do in the impending offseason, and Bowden...

Expect Rest to Be a Theme for Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen as the Season Winds Down
September 25th, 2015 at 12:07 PM
Much of the 2015 season, folks have enjoyed jumping down the throat of Brad Ausmus for his bullpen management for the Detroit Tigers. ***VIDEO1*** "Why (insert name) pitching? Shouldn't (insert name) be throwing instead?" "If (insert name) had pitched, the Tigers would have won the game!" These have all become popular refrains, both justified...

Brad Ausmus, Detroit Tigers’ Bullpen Share Blame in Tough Weekend
September 20th, 2015 at 9:51 PM
Neither Brad Ausmus nor the Detroit Tigers' bullpen was absolved from blame during the team's last three games, two of which ended up as extra inning wins. ***VIDEO1*** Ausmus should take heat for pulling his starters too early, not letting Justin Verlander finish off a masterpiece on Friday night. Saturday, he did...

Closer Bruce Rondon’s Erratic Pitching a Major Concern for Detroit Tigers Moving Forward
September 9th, 2015 at 1:25 PM
At this point, Bruce Rondon might by the closer by default for the Detroit Tigers simply because the team doesn't have anyone else to try out. ***VIDEO1*** After Rondon blew another save Tuesday night, his second of the year, his erratic pitching continues to come to a head. Nearly every one of...