Player News - Tigers

Date: Team: Pos:

Victor Martinez went 1-for-3 three with a home run as the Tigers beat the Astros 11-4 on Saturday.

The home run was the Tigers' third in a row in the third inning. Miguel Cabrera came up next and was drilled by Astros' reliever Edison Frias, touching off a benches-clearing incident. Now 38 years old, Martinez still wields a potent bat. He hit .289/.351/.476 with 27 home runs and 86 RBI last season.
Feb 25 - 5:20 PM

Justin Verlander gave up a hit and a walk but did not allow a run in his two innings versus the Astros on Saturday.

He struck out a pair in his first start of the spring. After a down season in 2015, he bounced back last year with a 3.04 ERA and 16-9 record. His 10.04 strikeouts per nine innings was the second-best mark of his career. He doesn't throw as hard as he used to but he remains one of the best pitchers in the American League.
Feb 25 - 5:16 PM

J.D. Martinez was scratched from the Tigers' starting lineup on Saturday due to tightness in his pectoral muscle.

It doesn't sound as though it's anything serious, but at this point in the spring there's no reason to take any chances. Mikie Mahtook will slide into the starting lineup in his place, with Juan Perez shifting over to right field.
Feb 25 - 9:15 AM

Michael Fulmer opened his spring with a scoreless inning Friday in a start against the Orioles.

Fulmer, the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year, is a designated pitcher for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, so while he won't be on the team's roster for the opening round of play, he could be added to the mix later on.
Feb 24 - 4:50 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that Nick Castellanos is a possibility to bat second this season.

"I’ve talked to Nick, and Nick is a possibility and, quite frankly, Nick wants to hit second," Ausmus said. Castellanos will probably bat seventh if he doesn't hit second ahead of Miguel Cabrera, so it's a potentially big swing in his projected fantasy value. Other candidates for the No. 2 spot include Jose Iglesias and likely center field platoon mates Tyler Collins and Mikie Mahtook.
Feb 24 - 9:45 AM

Nick Castellanos was scratched from Friday's Grapefruit League lineup due to illness.

Castellanos was sent home to recover. He should be fine in a day or two.
Feb 24 - 8:50 AM

Tyler Collins won't be able to play the field for a couple weeks after suffering a strained left lat.

Collins is still able to hit and run, but he can't throw and thus is unable to play defense. It's obviously not ideal as the 26-year-old competes for the Tigers' center field job, although he should still have time to make a nice impression. Collins entered camp as the likely favorite to start in center against right-handers.
Feb 24 - 8:17 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Padres and Twins both inquired about Jose Iglesias this offseason.

Obviously nothing came from these discussions but it reinforces the idea that no one on Detroit is untouchable. Iglesias, Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez, Victor Martinez and Justin Verlander have all popped up in trade rumors this offseason. It's no secret the Tigers are trying to cut payroll but getting Iglesias' $4.1 million salary off the books wouldn't make much of a dent. Iglesias set career-highs with four homers and 32 RBI last season but hit for his lowest average since 2012.
Feb 23 - 8:57 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers "asked" about Justin Verlander this offseason but ultimately thought his price tag was too high.

Verlander owns a home in Beverly Hills with fiancée Kate Upton and it sounds like he would have been willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Dodgers. However, the Dodgers are trying to get under the luxury tax and weren't willing to pay Verlander's $28 million salary. Though a deal for Verlander was never close, the two sides could resume talks at a later date. Verlander enjoyed a resurgent 2016 campaign, finishing second in AL Cy Young voting behind former teammate Rick Porcello.
Feb 23 - 6:49 PM

Steven Moya had a two-run double and a walk in three plate appearances as the Tigers beat Florida Southern 8-0 on Thursday.

Moya will likely be watched closely by other teams this spring, since he's out of options and doesn't have much of a role in Detroit. He helped his cause by hitting .255/.290/.500 with five homers in 94 at-bats in the majors last season, even if he did strike out 38 percent of the time in the process.
Feb 23 - 3:51 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he has considered batting Miguel Cabrera second but probably won't do it.

"I know the theories behind hitting your best hitter second," the skipper told MLive.com. "But I don't know if it applies if your best hitter's not really a runner. Miggy's been pretty successful hitting third." Nick Castellanos will probably open the 2017 season as the Tigers' primary No. 2 hitter.
Source: MLive.com
Feb 23 - 11:27 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Justin Upton is not a candidate to hit second to begin the season.

It sounds wide open beyond that, as Ausmus said "anybody else" when asked who could potentially fill the role. Upton began last season as the No. 2 hitter, but struggled miserably before eventually showing improvement out of the fifth and sixth spots in the order. Cameron Maybin saw considerable time out of the No. 2 spot last season, as well, but he was traded to the Angels during the offseason. The Tigers will likely try multiple players out of the spot this spring.
Feb 22 - 9:42 AM

Tigers signed INF Danny Muno to a minor league contract.

Muno batted just .223/.348/.307 between Double-A and Triple-A in 2016. The 28-year-old third baseman and shortstop will function as organizational infield depth for the Tigers.
Feb 20 - 2:41 PM

Tigers signed OF Matt Murton to a minor league contract.

Murton hit .314/.349/.398 in 76 games last season at Triple-A, after enjoying success in Japan for several years. The veteran outfielder will operate as organizational outfield depth for Detroit.
Feb 20 - 2:37 PM

Jordan Zimmermann said he felt good after throwing to hitters on Sunday.

And he drew a nice review from Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. Zimmermann battled neck and lat injuries in 2016 and wound up with a rough 4.87 ERA in 105 1/3 innings. His career ERA before last year was 3.32. Maybe a bounceback is coming this season.
Feb 20 - 9:51 AM


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