Player News - Tigers

Date: Team: Pos:

Tigers and SS Jose Iglesias avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.275 million contract.

That figure sits between the $6.8 million Iglesias requested and the $5.6 million the Tigers offered when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday. The 28-year-old infielder hit .255/.288/.369 with six homers and 54 RBI for the Tigers in 130 games while providing strong defense at shortstop.
Jan 17 - 7:05 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers are open to trading Nicholas Castellanos.

The Tigers are obviously in rebuild mode and are unlikely to be competitive before Castellanos reaches free agency after the 2019 season. Slated to turn just 26 in March, Castellanos had a breakout showing in 2017, batting .272/.320/.490 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI. His defense at third base is lacking, which is one of the reasons why he's slated for a move to right field in 2017, but his bat is on the upswing and he could have even more untapped potential.
Jan 15 - 7:10 PM

Jose Iglesias requested $6.8 million and was offered $5.6 million by the Tigers when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

This is his final year of arbitration eligibility and he will be a free agent after next season. Iglesias has turned in identical .255 batting averages the last two seasons after finishing at .303 in 2013 and .300 in 2014.
Jan 12 - 9:14 PM

Tigers and 3B Nicholas Castellanos avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.05 million contract.

The 25-year-old Castellanos turned in his best season yet, batting .272/.320/.490 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI in 157 games. He will have one more shot at arbitration next year and will be a free agent following the 2019 season.
Jan 12 - 7:50 PM

Tigers and RHP Shane Greene avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.95 million contract.

Greene was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He'll enter 2018 as the Tigers' closer.
Jan 12 - 1:57 PM

Tigers and RHP Alex Wilson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.925 million contract.

Wilson was eligible for arbitration for the second time this offseason. He posted a 4.50 ERA across 66 relief appearances in 2017.
Jan 12 - 1:43 PM

Tigers and C James McCann avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.375 million contract.

Jon Heyman had the terms. McCann, who hit .253/.318/.415 last year, was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. He's expected to be the Tigers' starting catcher again, this time with Derek Norris serving as the backup.
Jan 11 - 5:25 PM

Tigers claimed RHP Johnny Barbato off waivers from the Pirates.

Barbato was designated for assignment by Pittsburgh last week. The 25-year-old right-hander holds an ugly 5.18 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 38/23 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 career innings at the major league level, but he will be in the running for an Opening Day bullpen spot with the rebuilding Tigers.
Jan 11 - 2:25 PM

Tigers signed LHP James Russell to a minor league contract.

Russell spent the 2017 season with Leones de Yucatan in the Mexican League and then the Texas Airhogs of the independent Atlantic League. He was a very effective major league reliever from 2012-2014 and the 32-year-old lefty could get another shot at the MLB level this season with the rebuilding Tigers, though he is doubtful to make the Opening Day roster.
Jan 10 - 12:55 PM

Tigers signed OF Herlis Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

Rodriguez hit .249/.314/.398 with 11 homers and 10 stolen bases in 109 games between three different levels of the Phillies' minor league system in 2017. The 23-year-old outfielder will function as minor league depth for Detroit this season.
Jan 9 - 4:17 PM

Tigers signed C Brayan Peña to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Peña, who just turned 36 on Sunday, spent all of 2017 at Triple-A in the Royals organization, hitting .274/.308/.298 over just 134 plate appearances. He should open 2018 at Triple-A Toledo.
Jan 8 - 6:58 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Jose Iglesias remains available via trade.

However, it appears that the Tigers aren't getting many bites at this point, as Morosi says they might hang on to the shortstop for now and re-evaluate his market during spring training. Iglesias sports a lowly .673 OPS for his career but ranks among the best defensive shortstops in the game. He's arbitration-eligible for the final time this offseason.
Jan 8 - 4:59 PM

A.J. Achter has been hired as pitching coach at Eastern Michigan University.

And, thus, his playing career presumably has come to an end. Achter is just 29 and posted a 3.11 ERA over 27 relief appearances for the Angels in 2016, but he struggled at the Double-A level in the Tigers organization in 2017 before being released at midseason. He'll finish his career with a 3.92 ERA in 45 appearances across parts of three seasons in the majors.

A few teams have asked the Tigers about third baseman Nick Castellanos, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Castellanos enjoyed a long-awaited breakout in 2017, batting .272/.320/.490 with 26 homers and 101 RBI, and he's still under team control through 2019. As such, any team wanting to acquire the 25-year-old will have to pay a steep price. The Tigers have interest in extending Castellanos, further lessening the chances he's dealt this offseason.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 6 - 10:12 PM

Tigers signed INF Pete Kozma to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Kozma could have a decent chance at cracking the Opening Day roster of the rebuilding Tigers. The steady-fielding, light-hitting infielder sports a career .215/.282/.285 batting line over parts of six big league seasons.
Jan 5 - 11:48 AM


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