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Tigers and RHP Al Alburquerque avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.725 million contract.

Alburquerque had asked for $2.05 million and the Tigers offered $1.375 million, so the two sides met close to the midpoint. Alburquerque had a 2.51 ERA and 63/21 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings this past season but remains nothing more than a middle relief option for the Tigers.
Jan 24 - 6:20 PM

David Price indicated at Tigerfest on Saturday that he's "absolutely" considering signing a long-term contract extension with the Tigers.

He certainly has more leverage in negotiations now that Max Scherzer has signed with the Nationals and the Tigers can't afford to lose their top starter. The 29-year-old southpaw compiled a 3.59 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 82/15 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings in his 11 starts with the Tigers last season.
Jan 24 - 12:10 PM

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that Miguel Cabrera will be ready by Opening day or "very, very close".

Dombrowski added that the team will know more on February 15 when he's reevaluated. If Cabrera is forced to miss a few games at the start of the season, Alex Avila is a candidate to see time at first base which would allow James McCann to handle the bulk of the early season work behind the plate.
Jan 24 - 11:43 AM

Alex Avila (concussion) has been cleared for all physical activity and will enter spring training without any restrictions.

The battered backstop suffered at least three concussions during the 2014 campaign. He'll attempt to use a hockey-style catcher's mask in 2015 in an effort to prevent further damage. With James McCann seemingly ready to make the leap to the big leagues, Avila could see his time behind the plate reduced this season. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said he's considered using Avila in the No. 2 spot in the batting order versus righties.
Jan 24 - 8:35 AM

Tigers signed INF/OF Josh Prince to a minor league contract.

Prince confirmed the news via his Twitter account. The 27-year-old appeared in eight games with the Brewers last season and batted .246/.356/.333 with five home runs and 35 RBI over 111 games with Double-A Huntsville. He's organizational depth.
Jan 20 - 1:53 PM

Tigers signed RHP Thad Weber to a minor league contract.

Weber, 30, spent last season with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization. He made eight appearances in 2013 between the Blue Jays and Padres and will serve as minor league bullpen depth for Detroit.
Jan 20 - 1:48 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal said on MLB Network's "Hot Stove" that free agent reliever Phil Coke has lost 15 pounds.

But is he in the best shape of his life? Either way, Coke is clearly motivated to get his career back on track after posting a mediocre 4.48 ERA over the past two seasons. He could be a decent buy-low as a left-handed specialist. The Mets were linked to him back in December, but they could simply opt to go with in-house options.
Jan 20 - 10:17 AM

Al Alburquerque requested $2.05 million and was offered $1.375 million by the Tigers were arbitration figures were exchanged.'s projected of $1.7 million is right around the midpoint of the figures. The two sides seem likely to meet in the middle in order to avoid a hearing next month.
Jan 16 - 5:30 PM

Tigers and OF J.D. Martinez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The financials of the deal aren't yet known. Martinez had a big breakout season for Detroit in 2014, batting .315/.358/.553 with 23 homers and 76 RBI. He's slated to be the Tigers' everyday right fielder in 2015.
Jan 16 - 5:07 PM

Tigers and RHP Alfredo Simon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.55 million contract.

He was arbitration-eligible for a final time. Simon was an All-Star in 2014, holding a 3.44 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 196 1/3 innings for the Reds. He's currently slated to hold down a spot in the Tigers' rotation, though that could change if they re-sign Max Scherzer.
Jan 16 - 2:27 PM

Tigers and LHP David Price avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $19.75 million contract.

It's a one-year salary arbitration record. Price earned the raise after holding a 3.26 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 271/38 K/BB ratio in 248 1/3 innings between Detroit and Tampa Bay last season. The left-hander will serve as the Tigers' No. 1 starter in 2015 if he isn't traded before then.
Jan 16 - 1:06 PM

Miguel Cabrera was cleared to remove the walking boot from his surgically-repaired right foot during a visit with Dr. Robert Anderson on Thursday.

That's good news, but Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Thursday that Cabrera will still have to wait until a follow-up with Anderson next month to be cleared for baseball activities. "He's cleared to walk with that during activities of daily living here for the next month before he's reexamined in February," said Rand. "Hopefully at that time in February it'll come back clean and he'll be cleared to start conditioning activities, running and such." Cabrera figures to be behind at the start of spring training and it's unclear if he'll be ready in time for Opening Day.
Jan 15 - 4:52 PM

Tigers sent RHP Luke Putkonen outright to Triple-A Toledo.

Putkonen was designated for assignment after the Tigers signed LHP Tom Gorzelanny and cleared waivers. The right-hander missed most of the 2014 season due to a bone spur in his right elbow, which required surgery in June. Putkonen showed promise out of the bullpen in 2013, finishing with a 3.03 ERA and a 28/9 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings.
Jan 15 - 2:09 PM

Miguel Cabrera (ankle) won't be ready for the start of spring training.

Cabrera needed surgery in October to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone at top of his right foot. He has a checkup with Dr. Robert Anderson in mid-February and the Tigers are hoping the slugger will be cleared for baseball activities at that time. It's obviously way too early to tell whether Cabrera will be in the Tigers' starting lineup on Opening Day.
Jan 12 - 3:05 PM

Jose Iglesias (shins) is running sprints at 75-80 percent effort.

Iglesias has been hitting and fielding for weeks, and now he's begun to integrate baserunning workouts into his rehab. The young shortstop missed the entire 2014 season due to stress fractures in both of his shins. He should be ready for Opening Day 2015.
Jan 12 - 2:59 PM

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