Player News - Tigers

Date: Team: Pos:

Tigers signed C Chace Numata to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old spent the 2018 campaign in the Yankees' organization, where he slashed .200/.257/.303 with one homer and 16 RBI in 54 games across four minor league levels. He'll add minor league catching depth for the Tigers.
Nov 11 - 4:25 PM

Tigers signed RHP Jose Cisnero to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Cisnero has pitched in the Mexican League, winter ball and independent ball the last few years. The 29-year-old last appeared in the majors in 2014.
Nov 9 - 11:58 AM

Tigers re-signed INF Pete Kozma to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Kozma elected free agency last month after being outrighted off the Tigers' 40-man roster, but he's ultimately decided to return. The 30-year-old will have a shot to see spot duty in the majors again in 2019 on a rebuilding Tigers squad.
Nov 9 - 9:23 AM

Tigers re-signed LHP Caleb Thielbar to a minor league contract.

Thielbar, who turns 32 in January, held a 2.05 ERA and 51/5 K/BB ratio over 57 frames between Double- and Triple-A in 2018. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2015.
Nov 9 - 9:21 AM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Tuesday that Miguel Cabrera (biceps) is on track to be ready for the start of spring training.

Cabrera is working his way back from season-ending surgery in mid-June to repair a ruptured left biceps tendon. The plan calls for him to resume hitting in December. He still has some work to do, but the Tigers expect him to be ready to go for the start of the 2019 season, though he could have more DH time in his future. He's going into his age-36 season.
Nov 6 - 10:46 AM

Tigers claimed LHP Jose Fernandez off waivers from the Blue Jays.

Fernandez posted a 6.10 ERA over 13 relief appearances in his first stint in the majors this season. He's wild, but as a lefty that can miss some bats, the 25-year-old has a shot to make the Tigers' bullpen in 2019.
Nov 2 - 3:10 PM

Tigers claimed INF/OF Brandon Dixon off waivers from the Reds.

Dixon batted only .178/.218/.356 across 124 plate appearances in his first taste of the majors this season. However, with some power and versatility, he should be able to win a roster spot on the rebuilding Tigers.
Nov 2 - 3:08 PM

Tigers re-signed RHP Christian Binford to a minor league contract.

Binford was acquired from the Orioles this past August for cash considerations and went on to post a 3.86 ERA in 21 innings (two starts, five relief appearances) at Double-A Erie. The 25-year-old right-hander will serve as organizational pitching depth for the Tigers in 2019.
Nov 1 - 10:03 AM

Tigers re-signed INF Harold Castro to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Castro was pushed off the Tigers' 40-man roster last week, but the two sides quickly worked out a new deal. The 24-year-old infielder made his major league debut in 2018 as a September callup, going 3-for-10 with a stolen base and two runs scored. He's a career .276/.305/.340 hitter in the minor leagues.
Nov 1 - 10:01 AM

Tigers activated SS Jose Iglesias from the 60-day disabled list.

Iglesias missed the final month of the season with an abdominal strain. He's a free agent and will hope to land a starting job with a club looking for a defensive-minded shortstop.
Oct 29 - 8:04 PM

Tigers activated 1B Miguel Cabrera from the 60-day disabled list.

Cabrera underwent season-ending surgery in mid-June to repair a ruptured left biceps tendon. He's expected to resume hitting in December and the expectation is that he'll be ready to go for the start of 2019. He should serve as the primary first baseman next year, but the Tigers could give him additional time out of the DH spot moving forward. He turns 36 next April and still has $154 million remaining on his contract, which runs through 2023.
Oct 29 - 1:13 PM

Tigers activated C/1B John Hicks from the 60-day disabled list.

Hicks required hip surgery in mid-August, but it shouldn't have any impact on his availability for 2019. The 29-year-old batted .260/.312/.403 with nine home runs and 32 RBI in 81 games this season while seeing time between catcher, first base, and the DH spot. He'll likely have a semi-regular role in 2019.
Oct 29 - 1:06 PM

Tigers activated RHP Michael Fulmer from the 60-day disabled list.

Some housekeeping for the Tigers now that the 2018 season has officially drawn to a close. Fulmer required surgery in late-September for a torn meniscus in his right knee, but he'll be good to go for spring training. The 25-year-old posted a disappointing 4.69 ERA and 110/46 K/BB ratio over 132 1/3 innings this year.
Oct 29 - 1:01 PM

Louis Coleman has elected to become a free agent.

Coleman was outrighted to Triple-A by the Tigers on Wednesday despite posting a solid 3.51 ERA across 51 1/3 innings of relief in 2018. The 32-year-old right-hander might be able to find himself a guaranteed major league contract on the open market this winter.
Oct 25 - 12:30 PM

Jim Adduci has elected to become a free agent.

Adduci was pushed off the Tigers' 40-man roster on Wednesday night after batting just .267/.290/.386 over 185 major league plate appearances in 2018. The 33-year-old could be brought back on a minor league deal for 2019.
Oct 25 - 12:29 PM


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