Player News - Tigers

Date: Team: Pos:

Matt den Dekker has elected free agency.

The 30-year-old spent the majority of the 2017 season at the Triple-A level where he slashed .250/.322/.441 with eight homers and 29 RBI in 79 games. He'll look to score a minor league deal with a spring training invite elsewhere.
Oct 21 - 12:58 PM

Edward Mujica has elected free agency.

The 33-year-old hurler posted a 9.95 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and 7/0 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings with the Tigers in 2017. He has proven in the past to be a reliable late-game reliever, so there should be a few teams willing to kick the tires on him this winter.
Oct 21 - 12:55 PM

Tigers manager Al Avila said Friday that the team will decline Anibal Sanchez's $16 million option for 2018.

The decision was a mere formality, of course. Sanchez had a nice 104/29 K/BB ratio over 105 1/3 innings this season, but he posted a 6.41 ERA and has put up a 5.67 mark across the last three campaigns. Slated to turn 34 in February, Sanchez will probably have a tough time finding a guaranteed rotation spot in 2018.
Oct 20 - 1:58 PM

The Tigers on Friday announced the hiring of Ron Gardenhire as their new manager.

Gardenhire has received a three-year contract. The former Twins skipper went 1,068-1,039 in 13 seasons in Minnesota and this past season served as the Diamondbacks' bench coach. It'll be a tough gig for the soon-to-be 60-year-old, as the Tigers are facing a rebuilding effort.
Oct 20 - 12:39 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
Oct 19 - 5:24 PM

Tigers prospect Spencer Turnbull pitched four innings of one-run baseball and struck out five for Mesa on Wednesday in the Arizona Fall League.

Turnball did allow an unearned run, but it was an exceptional outing for the Detroit prospect. When Turnbull is healthy, he shows four competent pitches; the best being a 96 mph fastball with sink. He's struggled to stay healthy, however, and his secondary pitches aren't more than average. Because of his build (6'3/215) and arm strength, he has a chance to be a competent backend starter for the Tigers, perhaps at some point in 2018.
Oct 18 - 8:26 PM

Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire interviewed for the Red Sox managerial opening on Wednesday.

Gardenhire spent 2017 as the bench coach for the Diamondbacks. He joins Alex Cora and former Tigers' manager Brad Ausmus as candidates who have interviewed for the position. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has said he does not have a timetable for when he'll make a decision on the job.
Oct 18 - 4:14 PM

John Perrotto of FanRag Sports writes that former Marlins and Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez "is considered the favorite" to become the Tigers' next manager.

Perrotto notes that Gonzalez has ties to general manager Al Avila dating back to 1992, which certainly would appear to be a point in his favor. He's also got plenty of managerial experience with 10 years in the dugout under his belt. Perrotto does also note that "there is sentiment in the organization" for Dodgers farm director Gabe Kapler. Kapler has been in the Dodgers' front office for three seasons and was a manager in the minors for one year back in 2007.
Oct 15 - 12:19 PM

The Tigers are likely to entertain trade offers for Shane Greene this offseason, according to Lynn Henning of the Detroit News.

Greene is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so it makes sense that the rebuilding Tigers might look to move him before his salary escalates. Slated to turn 29 next month, Greene had a fine first full season as a reliever in 2017, posting a 2.66 ERA and 73/34 K/BB ratio over 67 2/3 innings, taking over as the Tigers' closer after they traded Justin Wilson. The best thing for Greene's fantasy value would be him staying put, as he'd close in Detroit but would likely set up elsewhere.
Source: Detroit News
Oct 13 - 4:52 PM

Lynn Henning of the Detroit News writes that James McCann "is a player the Tigers would consider moving for a fair return."

McCann is viewed as a good defender and had the best offensive season of his career in 2017 (although he still hit at a pretty underwhelming .253/.318/.415 clip with 13 homers). He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so the rebuilding Tigers could deal him before he starts to get expensive.
Source: Detroit News
Oct 13 - 4:48 PM

Lynn Henning of the Detroit News writes that Ian Kinsler "is expected to be traded" this offseason.

Kinsler's name came up in trade rumors prior to the July deadline, but he obviously stayed put. However, the Tigers are in rebuild mode so it makes sense for them to see what they can get for the 35-year-old this winter. Kinsler is owed a reasonable $11 million in 2018 and remains a terrific defender, but he's coming off a career-worst offensive season (.236/.313/.412).
Source: Detroit News
Oct 13 - 4:42 PM

According to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Ron Gardenhire is in the "final three" for the Red Sox managerial opening.

We don't have the names of the other two finalists, but Alex Cora, Brad Ausmus, Gary DiSarcina, Chili Davis, Brian Butterfield, and Jason Varitek would seem to be among the possibilities. Gardenhire served as the manager of the Twins for 13 years, from 2002 until his firing in September 2014. He spent the 2017 season as the bench coach of the Diamondbacks.
Oct 12 - 11:12 AM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Tigers have Royals catching instructor Pedro Grifol on their list of managerial candidates.

Grifol has been on the Royals' staff for the past three seasons, though he was initially brought on board as the hitting coach. Prior to joining the Royals, he had a long coaching career in the Mariners organization. The Tigers, like the other teams with managerial vacancies, are still early on in their search as they look for Brad Ausmus' replacement. Former Braves and Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, Angels bench coach Dino Ebel and Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo, as well as internal candidates Dave Clark, Omar Vizquel and Lloyd McClendon are expected to be considered.
Oct 9 - 11:54 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets have reached out to Brad Ausmus about their managerial vacancy.

Heyman hears that the two sides have already had one conversation. Ausmus recently parted ways with the Tigers after four seasons as manager. It's worth noting that he's a Dartmouth grad, like Mets GM Sandy Alderson. The Mets are said to looking at a long list of candidates, including hitting coach Kevin Long, Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren, Astros bench coach Alex Cora, Athletics third base coach Chip Hale, former White Sox manager Robin Ventura, White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing, and Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. They appear to still be in the due diligence phase of their search.
Oct 9 - 8:59 AM

Rockies' bench coach Mike Redmond will interview for the Tigers' managerial opening next week.

Redmond has several ties to the Tigers' organization. He used to play for Jim Leyland in Miami, where he was also teammates with Tigers' star Miguel Cabrera. Current general manager Al Avila also worked in the Marlins' front office while Redmond was there. Joe McEwing and Fredi Gonzalez have already interviewed for the vacancy and Ron Gardenhire is expected to as well.
Source: The Athletic
Oct 7 - 9:47 AM


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