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George King III of the New York Post reports that the Tigers are interested in both Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade.

The Yankees seem to be the most fervent suitor for Michael Fulmer and there appears to be a match between the two clubs. For the Tigers, dealing from a position of strength to acquire a couple of nice position player prospects would certainly speed up their rebuild effort.
Jul 14 - 2:03 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers are unlikely to pursue a trade for Mets' right-hander Matt Harvey.

The Tigers have had a good working relationship in the past with Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, and they are in need of talent at the back end of their rotation, but the Tigers aren't in a position to take on any excess salary at this time. Perhaps if the Mets are unable to find a trade partner and he gets released, they could be back in play at the veteran's minimum.
May 6 - 8:50 PM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Tigers have signed Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Murray says Liriano can earn $1 million more in incentives and will compete for a spot in the Tigers' rotation. The left-hander held a 5.66 ERA for the Blue Jays and Astros last season in what was his second straight disappointing year. Liriano is now 34 and could be used in relief if he's unable to crack the rotation.
Feb 23 - 1:50 PM

According to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, free agent right-hander Chris Tillman threw for the Tigers on Saturday.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Sunday that Tillman will decide soon between the Orioles and two other teams. The Tigers are believed to be one of those clubs, while the Twins and Blue Jays have also expressed interest. While he's coming off of a miserable 2017 campaign, he's the type of asset that could eat innings and be flipped at the deadline if he pitches well, which would be attractive to a rebuilding Tigers' team.
Feb 18 - 7:27 PM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, the Twins are "still strongly in the mix" for free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reported late Wednesday night that there is mutual interest between Rodney and the Tigers, one of the 40-year-old right-hander's former teams. But if Rodney would prefer to pitch for a contender in 2018 -- what could be his final MLB season -- Minnesota obviously makes a lot more sense. There is also said to be some level of interest from the Rangers and Mets, and the Diamondbacks have discussed a possible return.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 06:37:00 AM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that there is "mutual interest" between the Tigers and free agent Fernando Rodney.

The 40-year-old right-hander is an odd fit for a rebuilding team, but perhaps the Tigers are thinking they could get a few good months out of Rodney in 2018 and then flip him for young talent. Rodney had a dreadful April in 2017 with the Diamondbacks but rebounded nicely after that, posting a 2.38 ERA and 52/19 K/BB ratio over his final 45 1/3 innings. He racked up 39 saves.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 12:32:00 AM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Mets and Tigers have shown interest in free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

Add those two teams to the list of Rodney suitors that already included the Twins, Rangers, and Diamondbacks. The 40-year-old right-hander posted a 4.23 ERA in 55 1/3 innings this past season in Arizona, but he still managed to rack up 39 saves. Cotillo notes that Rodney is at the Winter Meetings in Orlando and is a "good candidate to sign this week."
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 07:02:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Mike Fiers is taking a one-year, $6 million contract from the Tigers.

$6 million is at least as much as he was going to earn in arbitration before he was non-tendered by the Astros, so that worked out fine for him. Of course, he's with a much worse team now, but at least he'll have a secure rotation spot alongside Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmerman and probably Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd. One interesting wrinkle: Crasnick reports that Fiers picked the Tigers' offer over a two-year deal with the Orioles.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 10:53:00 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers and Mike Fiers are close to a one-year deal.

With no hope of contending anytime soon, it makes sense for the Tigers to grab some rebound candidates in the hopes that they can turn a profit in July. Fiers fits the bill; he doesn't have as much upside as Chris Tillman, another pitcher the team has considered, but he seems like the safer choice to be a reliable starter.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 10:42:00 PM

According to Chris McCosky of the Detroit News, the Tigers are considering free agent starter Mike Fiers.

They're also showing interest in Chris Tillman and Japanese closer Yoshihisa Hirano. Fiers was non-tendered by the Astros on December 1 after struggling to a 5.22 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 153 1/3 innings this past season. The 32-year-old right-hander can probably be had on a one-year deal.
Source: Detroit News
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 02:41:00 PM

Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports that the Tigers are pursuing Japanese closer Yoshihisa Hirano.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote of the Cardinals' interest in Hirano back in October and there are probably a number of other teams taking a look at him this winter. The 33-year-old right-hander posted a 2.67 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio in 67 1/3 innings this past season for the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball and boasts 156 career saves in Japan. He does not require a posting fee and is essentially an unrestricted free agent.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 02:31:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network hears the Tigers have shown interest in free agent right-hander Chris Tillman.

Morosi says that talks are in the preliminary stages. Two weeks ago, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that Tillman was looking for a one-year deal. With the Tigers nowhere close to contention and the 29-year-old likely looking at trying to reestablish his once promising stock, this is a connection that certainly makes sense on paper.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 07:29:00 PM

Mark Anderson of Baseball Prospectus reports that the Tigers are still awaiting the player to be named later to finalize the deal that sent Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs at the trade deadline.

The Tigers in return received Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes and a player to be named later or cash considerations. As it turns out, rather than just getting cash in the package, the Tigers will receive a third player in the swap. Wilson wound up struggling down the stretch for the Cubs and was held off of their roster for the NLCS.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 05:51:00 PM

The Tigers have decided they want Ron Gardenhire as their next manager, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Gardenhire will receive a three-year deal. Gardenhire was interviewed for the Red Sox job, but it's expected that the nod there will go to Alex Cora. Assuming that's how it works out, then Gardenhire will return to the AL Central with the Tigers. The soon-to-be 60-year-old was 1,068-1,039 in 13 seasons with the Twins before being let go three years ago.
Source: The Athletic
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 05:24:00 PM


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