Player News - Tigers

Date: Team: Pos:

Tigers acquired RHP Wilkel Hernandez and OF Troy Montgomery from the Angels for 2B Ian Kinsler.

Montgomery offers more safety being the outfielder who reached Double-A in 2017, but Hernandez has a chance to be the best player in the deal, at least on the Detroit side. At 6-foot-3, 160-pounds, he offers plenty of projection, and he already gets his fastball up to 92 mph. He also won't turn 19 years old until April, so there's lots of time for him to develop his secondary pitches. That's good, because they need a lot of development. There are a ton of possible outcomes for this type of pitcher.
Dec 13 - 11:48 PM

Tigers acquired OF Troy Montgomery and RHP Wilkel Hernandez from the Angels for 2B Ian Kinsler.

Montgomery was selected by the Angels as an eighth-round pick out of Ohio State in 2016. He reached Double-A this past summer, and hit .271/.358/.413 between stops there and the Low-A and High-A levels. The 23-year-old is a plus runner who also has an above-average throwing arm and can handle all three positions in the outfield. The question will be if he can hit enough to be a regular, though he does have a relatively high floor as a potential fourth outfielder because of his athleticism.
Dec 13 - 11:45 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers will only trade Michael Fulmer in a "lopsided" deal.

Every team wants to win a trade, but in the case of dealing Fulmer, it really does only make sense for the Tigers to entertain offers that appear heavily in their favor. Why else would the Tigers trade a 24-year-old cost-controlled right-hander with excellent stuff and an already solid track record? The Yankees and Phillies have reportedly shown interest, but they're likely going to have to give up a substantial amount of prospects to procure his services.
Dec 13 - 10:58 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Yankees have Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer and Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin on their radar.

If there's any team that could come up with the sort of package required to motivate the Tigers to move Fulmer, it's the Yankees. Corbin won't be nearly as costly via trade. He made $3.95 million via arbitration in 2017 and is due to become a free agent after 2018.
Dec 12 - 11:04 AM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers are among the teams who have checked in on free agent right-hander Michael Fulmer.

This comes on the heels of Tigers general manager Al Avila acknowledging Monday that the club has received "mild inquiries" on Fulmer. The 24-year-old isn't arbitration-eligible for the first time until next winter and is under team control through 2022, so the Tigers would want a major haul. Further complicating matters is that he underwent ulnar transposition surgery on his right elbow in September. Still, the Tigers will at least listen.
Dec 12 - 10:18 AM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Monday that the team has received "mild inquiries" on Michael Fulmer.

Avila noted that the club isn't looking to trade Fulmer and it doesn't sound like they've had anything more than preliminary discussions with other teams. Fulmer underwent ulnar transposition surgery on his right elbow in September but is expected to be ready for spring training. He won't be arbitration-eligible until next winter.
Dec 11 - 5:23 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Monday that the club has discussed a contract extension for Nicholas Castellanos.

The GM noted that nothing is imminent. Castellanos, who turns 26 in March, batted .272/.320/.490 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI this past season. He is under team control through the end of the 2019 campaign.
Dec 11 - 5:20 PM

Tigers sent RHP Victor Alcantara outright to Triple-A Toledo.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster. Alcantara made six appearances with the Tigers this past season and posted a 3.62 ERA and 73/46 K/BB ratio over 74 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A.
Dec 11 - 2:21 PM

The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Sunday that Alan Trammell and Jack Morris have been elected to the Hall of Fame by the Modern Era Committee.

Both players fell short of induction through the normal balloting process. They become the first two players of the Detroit Tigers' World Championship club from 1984 to be enshrined in Cooperstown. The Modern Era Committee is a 16-member committee, formerly known as the Veterans Committee. They considered 10 candidates this year, nine former players and former players' union chief Marvin Miller.

Tigers signed RHP Mike Fiers to one-year, $6 million dollar contract.

The deal was reported on Thursday night by ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. He reportedly turned down a two-year, $10 million dollar offer from Baltimore to sign with the Tigers. The 32-year-old is coming off of a season where he registered a 5.22 ERA with an 8-10 record, but he did strike out 146 hitters in his 153 1/3 innings for the Astros. Detroit will also have one more year of club control since he was non-tendered with two years of arbitration left.
Dec 8 - 1:57 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.
Dec 7 - 10:53 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.
Dec 7 - 10:42 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
Dec 7 - 2:41 PM

Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-4 with a run scored on Wednesday for Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League.

Candelario has hit well in his 13 games in the league, with a solid .300/.375/.420 line in 50 plate appearances. This is a strong continuation of the strong numbers he put up after being traded from Chicago to Detroit in the Alex Avila-Justin Wilson deal in July. Candelario should get every chance to win a job in spring training, and outside of financial reasons, there's really no reason he shouldn't be the everyday guy at the hot corner for the rebuilding Tigers.
Dec 6 - 6:09 PM

Tigers signed 1B Edwin Espinal to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Espinal, 23, joins the Tigers organization after batting .294/.327/.447 with 15 homers and 86 RBI over 130 games between the Pirates' Double- and Triple-A affiliates in 2017. He's never hit double-digit homers in a season before and will primarily function as depth in the minors.
Dec 5 - 3:06 PM


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