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Fancred's Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers have an agreement in place with free agent shortstop Jordy Mercer.

It'll be a one-year, $5.25 million deal with another $250,000 available through performance-based incentives. Mercer still plays good defense at age 32, but he posted a weak .696 OPS with six home runs and 39 RBI over 117 games with the Pirates during the 2018 regular season. He'll be replacing free agent Jose Iglesias at the shortstop position in Detroit.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 01:51:00 PM

According to MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the Tigers are engaged in contract negotiations with free agent shortstop Jordy Mercer.

It looks like Mercer could be the choice to replace Jose Iglesias in Detroit. The 32-year-old batted just .251/.315/.381 with six home runs and 39 RBI over 117 games with the Pirates in 2018, but he's a strong defender at short and figures to come pretty cheap on a one-year deal.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 01:40:00 PM

According to MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the Tigers, Brewers, Athletics, and Nationals are among the teams showing interest in free agent Ian Kinsler.

There is a robust market for second basemen this winter and it will probably take a little while for it to settle. Morosi notes that the "destinations of [DJ] LeMahieu and [Jed] Lowrie may determine where Kinsler signs." The 36-year-old batted .240/.301/.380 with 14 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 128 games this past season between the Angels and Red Sox.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 10:59:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Tigers have signed right-hander Tyson Ross to a one-year, $5.75 million contract.

He's the second addition to Detroit's rotation in recent days, as the club also signed left-hander Matt Moore to a one-year deal. Ross pitched quite well at times this year between the Padres and Cardinals, ultimately finishing with a 4.15 ERA and 122/62 K/BB ratio in 149 2/3 innings. The rebuilding Tigers could spin him for a prospect at the trade deadline if he pitches well.
Mon, Dec 10, 2018 03:58:00 PM

Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Matt Moore will receive a $2.5 million base salary in his one-year deal with the Tigers.

The deal, which is subject to a physical, also includes performance-incentives. Moore is a reclamation project after posting a 5.99 ERA over the last two seasons. He was moved to the bullpen with the Rangers last season, but the Tigers figure to give him another chance to start.
Tue, Nov 27, 2018 03:48:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Tigers have reached an agreement with left-hander Matt Moore on a one-year deal worth between $2-3 million.

The deal is pending a physical. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com previously reported that the two sides were nearing an agreement. Moore became a free agent earlier this month after the Rangers declined his $10 million club option for 2019. The southpaw struggled with a 6.79 ERA over 12 starts and 27 relief appearances this past season, but the rebuilding Tigers are willing to take a shot on him, most likely with a return to the starting rotation. If it works out, they could flip him for a prospect at the deadline.
Tue, Nov 27, 2018 01:14:00 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Tigers are looking at free agent shorstops.

With that in mind, Morosi hears that the club has "varying degrees of interest" in Freddy Galvis, Adeiny Hechavarria and Jordy Mercer. Whoever they acquire will likely be viewed as a stopgap until prospects like Willi Castro and Sergio Alcantara are ready for the majors. Jose Iglesias has been the primary shortstop for the Tigers over the past four seasons, but he's a free agent this winter and isn't expected to return.
Mon, Nov 5, 2018 02:07:00 PM

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.
Sat, Jul 14, 2018 02:03:00 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.
Sun, May 6, 2018 08:50:00 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.
Fri, Feb 23, 2018 01:50:00 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.
Sun, Feb 18, 2018 07:27:00 PM


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