Player News - Tigers

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Tigers signed OF Mike O'Neill to a minor league contract.

O'Neill batted .338/.426/.438 with three home runs and nine stolen bases in 97 games last season for the New Jersey Jackals of the independent Canadian-American Association. The soon-to-be 29-year-old is expected to open the 2017 campaign with the Tigers' Double-A affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Jan 12 - 9:05 AM

Tigers signed 1B Brett Pill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Pill, 32, played for the KIA Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization last season and batted .317/.359/.521 with 20 homers and 86 RBI over 126 games. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2013 as a member of the Giants and figures to serve as organizational depth in his return to the states.
Jan 10 - 2:41 PM

Tigers re-signed RHP Thad Weber to a minor league contract.

Weber posted an underwhelming 5.08 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 147 innings last season between the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Tigers. The 32-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2013.
Jan 9 - 11:17 AM

Tigers signed 1B/OF Efren Navarro to a minor league contract

The 30-year-old split his 2016 season between Triple-A Tacoma (Mariners) and Triple-A Memphis (Cardinals) where he slashed .275/.337/.368 with seven homers and 48 RBI in 465 at-bats. With a strong showing in spring training he could compete for a bench spot on the club's Opening Day roster.
Jan 7 - 3:19 PM

Tigers signed 1B Sean Halton to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old hasn't appeared in the big leagues since a 42 game stint with the Brewers in 2013. He spent the 2016 campaign toiling for Lancaster in the Independent Atlantic League where he slashed .290/.354/.550 with 22 homers and 71 RBI in 444 plate appearances. He's nothing more than a depth signing for the Tigers.
Jan 6 - 7:53 PM

Tigers sent RHP Angel Nesbitt outright to Triple-A Toledo.

Nesbitt was designated for assignment last month but will remain in the organization after clearing waivers. The 26-year-old held a 5.68 ERA at Triple-A last season.
Jan 6 - 3:28 PM

Jordan Zimmermann (neck) is throwing pain-free from a distance of 180 feet.

Zimmermann started strong in his first year with the Tigers, but he faded badly as the season moved along and missed most of the second half with neck and lat injuries. Tigers general manager Al Avila said in December that Zimmermann went to a specialist and received injections in his neck, but he's already throwing and is on track for spring training. The 30-year-old still has four years and $92 million remaining on his contract.
Jan 3 - 1:22 PM

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