Player News - Tigers

Date: Team: Pos:

Casey McGehee has signed a one-year contract with Japan's Yomiuri Giants.

The deal includes a club option. McGehee spent most of 2016 with Triple-A Toledo, but did log 30 games at the big league level with the Tigers while filling in for injured third baseman Nick Castellanos. The 34-year-old holds a .258 average over 2,798 major league at-bats.
Dec 3 - 9:04 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Tigers are unlikely to trade Miguel Cabrera.

Per Heyman, "there's never been anything close." Moving Cabrera was never a likely outcome considering how much money Cabrera is owed over the next seven seasons ($212 million). While it looks like Cabrera is staying put, the Tigers are reportedly still open to trading Justin Verlander and perhaps even Victor Martinez. Cabrera is coming off another brilliant season (.318, 38 HR, 108 RBI) and should be in Detroit for the long haul.
Dec 3 - 7:15 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Giants have talked to the Tigers about J.D. Martinez.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network first reported of the Giants' interest in Martinez last month. Passan says that the Giants are "exploring all avenues" in their quest to land a power outfield bat. The Tigers are expect to shed payroll this winter and Martinez is looking like one of the most likely guys to go. The Phillies are another club that's interested.
Dec 2 - 3:58 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers and Phillies have had trade talks involving J.D. Martinez "but talks are not progressing."

Morosi says that the Phillies are looking for a "short-term outfield bat," which is a little odd since they can't realistically consider themselves contenders in 2017. Perhaps they'd wind up flipping Martinez to another team in July before he reaches free agency next winter. The Tigers are looking to slash payroll, and Martinez is looking likely to be dealt.
Dec 2 - 2:12 PM

Justin Wilson has "received perhaps the largest number of inquiries" of the Tigers' trade candidates, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

You'd think J.D. Martinez or Miguel Cabrera would be more popular, but pretty much every team needs left-handed relief help. Wilson struggled with the Tigers in 2016, but he owns a sharp 3.28 career ERA and 258 strikeouts in 258 major league innings. The 29-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the second time after earning $1.525 million this past season.
Dec 1 - 3:11 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets have some interest in Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez as a fallback option in case Yoenis Cespedes signs elsewhere.

The Mets' top priority would be to keep Yoenis Cespedes, but that's no sure thing since he's arguably the top free agent in this year's class. Martinez makes sense as a potential alternative, as he's also a right-handed hitter and the Tigers are known to be shopping him as they attempt to trim payroll. The 29-year-old hit 22 homers with a .908 OPS this past season and is due to become a free agent after 2017. Martinez could be a fit with other teams also interested in Cespedes, especially if he returns to New York.
Nov 29 - 11:26 AM

Teams are "sniffing around" on Victor Martinez, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Tigers are looking to cut payroll this offseason and they can accomplish that by trading Martinez, who still has two years and $36 million remaining on his contract. V-Mart has 10-5 rights, meaning he can veto any potential trade. The soon-to-be 38-year-old hit a respectable .289 with 27 HR and 86 RBI this past season.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 26 - 9:26 PM

Tigers re-signed RHP Dustin Molleken to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Molleken elected free agency after the Tigers removed him from their 40-man roster earlier this month, but he's decided to re-sign with them. The 32-year-old posted a 3.58 ERA over 42 appearances in Triple-A in 2016.
Nov 18 - 11:09 AM

Tigers re-signed RHP Logan Kensing to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Kensing, 34, made three appearances with the Tigers in 2016 but spent most of the year at Triple-A, holding a 3.44 ERA out of the bullpen. He's a depth guy.
Nov 18 - 11:08 AM

Tigers signed RHP William Cuevas to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Cuevas, 26, spent a brief amount of time with the Red Sox this season but was mostly at Triple-A, posting a 4.19 ERA over 131 innings. He's merely organizational depth.
Nov 18 - 11:05 AM

Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Sandy Baez from Low-A West Michigan.

He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Baez, who will turn 23 next week, posted a 3.81 ERA and 88/28 K/BB ratio over 113 1/3 innings for West Michigan in 2016.
Nov 18 - 10:07 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Tigers have gotten a few hits on Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez struggled with a 5.87 ERA and 30 homers allowed over 153 1/3 innings this past season, but Heyman speculates that he could draw some interest if the Tigers cover a significant portion of his remaining salary. The veteran right-hander is owed $16 million in 2017 with a $5 million buyout on his option for 2018. In a weak free agent class, someone could be willing to take a chance on a rebound. A return to the National League could be a good idea.
Nov 17 - 8:33 PM

Jay Franklin, the agent for Ian Kinsler, said that his client would only waive his partial no-trade clause if he is given a contract extension.

Earlier on Wednesday, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported that the Dodgers and Tigers were kicking around potentially working out a deal that would send Kinsler to Los Angeles. The veteran second baseman's no-trade clause is not a blanket one, but rather one of the 10-team variety. Said Franklin, "If one of the 10 teams happens to call and wants to talk about it, we’re open to talking about it. (But) they’re going to have to extend him for us to waive the no-trade." The Dodgers are one team on that partial list.
Source: FOX Sports
Nov 16 - 5:31 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Dodgers have been in touch with the Tigers about a possible trade for Ian Kinsler.

It looks like a good fit. The Tigers are willing to trade off some parts in order to get younger and the Dodgers have a vacancy at second base with Chase Utley in free agency and Howie Kendrick recently traded to the Phillies. Kinsler is owed $11 million in 2017 with a $10 million club option (or $5 million buyout) for 2018. His contract includes a partial no-trade clause. For what it's worth, Morosi hears that the Tigers have interest in Dodgers' prospect Cody Bellinger, though it's unclear whether they'd be willing to part with him in a deal involving Kinsler. Of course, there's always blockbuster potential between these two teams.
Nov 16 - 2:22 PM

Joel Hanrahan has announced his retirement.

Hanrahan made the announcement during an appearance on MLB on TuneIn on Monday night. The 35-year-old has undergone a pair of Tommy John surgeries since his last appearance in the majors back in 2013. The two-time All-Star will finish his career with a 3.85 ERA and 100 saves over 362 appearances.
Nov 15 - 3:58 PM


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