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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

Cubs' top prospect Jeimer Candelario is rumored to be heading to the Tigers in a package deal to acquire Justin Wilson and Alex Avila.

The Cubs' top remaining prospect after dealing away several others already this season, Candelario is hitting .266/.361/.507 with 12 homers and 52 RBI in 81 games at Triple-A Iowa this season. The 23-year-old has also homered and plated three in 33 at-bats at the big league level.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 11:49:00 PM

Bruce Levine of MLB.com reports that Isaac Paredes may be included in the potential deal that would send Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs.

The Cubs look to be the front-runners to acquire Justin Wilson from the Tigers with Alex Avila for Cubs' top prospect Jeimer Candelario and Paredes. The 18-year-old shortstop is ranked as the 10th best prospect in the Cubs' system according to MLB Pipeline and could crack the top 100 in all of baseball next season. He's hitting .261/.341/.399 with seven homers and 49 RBI in 91 games at Class-A South Bend this season.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 11:45:00 PM

According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers "remain in the mix" for Orioles closer Zach Britton.

They're also discussing a possible Justin Wilson trade with the Tigers. Los Angeles already has one of the top closers in baseball in Kenley Jansen, but Britton (or Wilson) would be lethal in a late-inning left-handed setup role. Britton, under contractual control through 2018, boasts a ridiculous 1.41 ERA over his last 224 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2014 season. He also has 125 saves in that span.
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 01:59:00 PM

White Sox signed RHP Mike Pelfrey to a minor league contract.

He'll begin his White Sox tenure with Triple-A Charlotte and try to work his way up from there. Pelfrey carries over a decade of big league experience, but holds an underwhelming 4.97 ERA over his last four seasons. He gives the White Sox some insurance for Carlos Rodon, who is still nursing a biceps injury.
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 03:02:00 PM

Wednesday's game between the Tigers and White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field has been postponed due to rain.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 26. It's the second game in the series to be rained out after Monday's opener was also canceled due to inclement weather. James Shields had been scheduled to go against Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann on Wednesday. Shields will now pitch Thursday's series finale with Matt Boyd getting the nod for Detroit.
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 09:37:00 AM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Sunday that the club will look into signing recently released outfielder Melvin Upton Jr to see if it makes sense.

The Tigers are currently rolling with a combination of JaCoby Jones and Andrew Romine in center field and an even sketchier platoon of Tyler Collins and Mikie Mahtook in right to start the season, so there's a need. He would also be reunited with his brother Justin, who resides in left field for the Tigers. The Tigers are just one of several clubs interested in the elder Upton.
Sun, Apr 2, 2017 06:09:00 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that Angel Pagan is expected to decide within the next 48 hours which team he will sign with.

Bowden hears that the Blue Jays, Giants, Padres, Braves and Tigers have all expressed interest in the veteran outfielder. Pagan has been holding out for a major league contract, although it's unclear if he'll receive one. The veteran outfielder batted .286/.324/.371 with a stolen base for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, which Bowden says "certainly helped his value." The 35-year-old batted .277/.331/.418 with 12 homers and 15 stolen bases over 129 games last season with the Giants.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 10:32:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets "seriously discussed" trading Michael Conforto straight up for Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez during the offseason.

It's unclear when these discussions took place though the Mets ultimately balked because Martinez is entering the last year of his contract. The Mets have a glut of outfielders but at least two (Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson) are likely to leave in free agency next winter if they aren't traded before then. After hitting just .220 last year, Conforto isn't a lock for the Mets' Opening Day roster.
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 06:24:00 PM


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