Player News - Tigers

Date: Team: Pos:

Drew VerHagen (shoulder) will throw off a mound next week.

It will be the first time he's thrown off a mound since undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in August. The right-hander seems to be making good progress and could be ready for the start of spring training. VerHagen wasn't much help last year, producing an ugly 7.11 ERA over 19 relief outings.
Jan 21 - 6:03 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Anibal Sanchez will stretch out to be a starter this spring.

Mike Pelfrey will also compete for a spot in the rotation. Sanchez spent 2016 bouncing between the bullpen and starting rotation while compiling a career-worst 5.87 ERA. Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer and Jordan Zimmermann are locks for the rotation but the other two spots are up for grabs. Sanchez is entering the last year of a five-year contract.
Jan 21 - 4:46 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced at TigerFest on Saturday that Justin Verlander will start on Opening Day.

It comes as no surprise that the club's ace will start on Opening Day against the White Sox, but now it's official. The runner-up in the American League Cy Young voting, Verlander compiled a 3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 254/57 K/BB ratio over 227 2/3 innings in 2016. He has been a popular commodity in early fantasy drafts, going inside the top ten starting pitchers.
Jan 21 - 12:23 PM

Tigers re-signed RHP David Martinez to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old hurler split his 2016 season between Triple-A Rochester (Twins) and Double-A Erie (Tigers) where he compiled a 5.96 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 75/23 K/BB ratio across 93 2/3 innings. He'll function as organizational depth for the Tigers.
Jan 21 - 9:51 AM

Jordan Zimmermann (neck, lat) threw a pain-free bullpen session last week.

Another step in the right direction for Zimmermann, who struggled in the second half of the 2016 season largely due to neck and lat injuries. The 30-year-old starter is expected to be 100 percent for the beginning of spring training. He has four years and $92 million remaining on his contract with Detroit.
Jan 19 - 2:21 PM

Tigers designated OF Anthony Gose for assignment.

Gose becomes the roster casualty following the Tigers' acquisition of outfielder Mikie Mahtook from the Rays. He saw 91 at-bats with the big league club this past season and hit .209/.287/.341 with two homers and seven RBI in that space. Still just 26 years old, Gose will have to try to latch on with another club before spring training boots up in a little over a month.
Jan 18 - 5:48 PM

Tigers acquired OF Mikie Mahtook from the Rays for cash considerations or a player to be named later.

Mahtook found little success with the Rays in 2016, slashing a paltry .195/.231/.292 with three homers and 11 RBI across 185 at-bats. The 27-year-old performed more ably the year before (albeit in a smaller sample size), when he boasted a .295/.351/.619 batting line to pair with nine homers and 19 RBI in 111 plate appearances. With the Tigers, he figures to serve as organizational depth, but could potentially carve out a bench role during spring training.
Jan 18 - 5:42 PM

Tigers signed 3B Michael Almanzar to a minor league contract.

Almanzar, 26, batted .241/.297/.380 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI over 118 games last season with the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate. He has never appeared in the majors and that's unlikely to change in 2017 unless the Tigers are dealing with multiple injuries in their infield.
Jan 17 - 1:58 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Dodgers view Ian Kinsler as a possible fallback option if the team is unable to acquire Brian Dozier.

The Dodgers have been linked to Dozier for quite some time but Cafardo is hearing the Twins are "having second thoughts" about moving him. Kinsler enjoyed a power surge last season, ripping 28 home runs while contributing a stellar .484 slugging percentage. The Tigers are looking to shed payroll and getting Kinsler's $11 million salary off the books would certainly accomplish that. The four-time All-Star has two years remaining on his current contract.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 14 - 11:51 PM

Tigers and 3B Nick Castellanos avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract.

It's his first year of arbitration eligibility. Castellanos put up his best offensive season in 2016, batting .285/.331/.496 with 18 home runs at the hot corner for the Tigers.
Jan 13 - 4:57 PM

Tigers and LHP Justin Wilson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million contract.

It was Wilson's second year of arbitration eligibility. He'll set up again for the Tigers in 2017 but could be traded before the deadline.
Jan 13 - 2:40 PM

Tigers and RHP Bruce Rondon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $850,000 contract.

It was Rondon's first year of arbitration eligibility. The rotund reliever finally showed signs of his upside in 2016, posting a 2.97 ERA and 45/12 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings.
Jan 13 - 2:07 PM

Tigers and SS Jose Iglesias avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.1 million contract.

Iglesias was arbitration-eligible for the second time. The slick fielder is a career .275/.325/.353 hitter.
Jan 13 - 2:00 PM

Tigers and RHP Alex Wilson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.175 million contract.

Wilson has posted a 2.58 ERA out of the Tigers' bullpen the last two seasons, although he's struck out only 87 across 143 innings. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time.
Jan 13 - 11:13 AM

Tigers and INF Andrew Romine avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.

Romine made $900,000 last season and gets a nice raise in his second shot at arbitration eligibility. He saw action in 109 games in 2016, but he hit just .236 with two home runs. The 31-year-old utility man played every infield and outfield position for the Tigers last year and is likely to play all over the field again this year.
Jan 12 - 11:52 PM

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