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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press believes that Tyler Collins will claim one of the final bench spots on the Tigers' Opening Day roster.

The Tigers have been in the market for a left-handed power bat for their bench, and the best option may already be in-house with Collins. The 24-year-old outfielder hit .263/.335/.423 with 18 homers and 62 RBI in 121 contests at Triple-A Toledo in 2014.
Dec 26 - 10:12 PM

Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Saturday that the team does not plan to talk to free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

The Giants have talked to James Shields this winter, so there were some rumblings that they may have some interest in Scherzer as well, but it appears that they have no desire to entertain the massive payday that he is looking to find. With the Yankees also out on Scherzer, his market for potential destinations appears to be dwindling.
Dec 20 - 3:36 PM

Tigers sent RHP Melvin Mercedes outright to Triple-A Toledo.

Mercedes cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and will now remain in the organization. He held a 4.92 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 60 1/3 Triple-A innings this past season.
Dec 19 - 1:37 PM

Yankees president Randy Levine indicated Thursday that the chances the team will go after Max Scherzer are "virtually none."

"The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,'' Levine said. "At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any organization.'' CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has been beating the Scherzer-to-the-Yankees drum for a while, or at least saying it's a possibility, but every other outlet has consistently said it's not going to happen. The Yankees need rotation help but already have two massive pitching contracts on the books with CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka.
Dec 19 - 10:22 AM

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York hears that the Yankees are "absolutely not" in on free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

Some have suspected that the Yankees are lying on the weeds in the situation, but they appear to be setting their sights a bit lower in free agency. The market for Scherzer has been suspiciously quiet so far this winter, but he's intent on landing a contract around $200 million.
Dec 16 - 12:20 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Cardinals are not active suitors for Max Scherzer.

It's not the first time the team has openly denied interest in the pitcher, but they continue to be linked to him. That's likely due in large part to the fact that Scherzer went to Parkway Central High School in the St. Louis area, making the Cardinals a potential homecoming for the 30-year-old. Despite the Cardinals' disinterest, Scherzer has no shortage of suitors around the league.
Dec 13 - 10:32 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that the team has considered a contingency plan in case Miguel Cabrera (ankle) isn't ready for Opening Day.

Cabrera underwent surgery in October to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone at top of his foot. He's set to be re-evaluated next month, at which point the team will have an idea as to his timetable. "Well, we might eventually, but we've got to wait until January to find out where Miggy is at," Ausmus said. "If the report at that point is that it could be close in terms of time, then we might have to. But right now, we'll just wait and see what happens with Miggy." The skipper declined to reveal what the contingency plan might involve.
Dec 12 - 12:26 PM

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Thursday that he is not in "active pursuit" of Max Scherzer.

The Tigers traded Rick Porcello to the Red Sox on Thursday morning, leaving some to speculate that Detroit's front office was clearing space for a run at re-signing Max Scherzer. But then Dombrowski and Co. quickly snatched Alfredo Simon away from the Reds. Maybe they truly are all set. Scherzer isn't expected to sign until later in the offseason and will likely command around $200 million.
Dec 11 - 1:16 PM

Tigers designated RHP Melvin Mercedes for assignment.

Mercedes had a 4.92 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 60 1/3 innings this past season out of the Tigers' bullpen. The 24-year-old righty will likely pass through waivers unclaimed.
Dec 11 - 1:13 PM

Tigers acquired RHP Gabe Speier, OF Yoenis Cespedes, and RHP Alex Wilson from the Red Sox for RHP Rick Porcello.

Speier is sort of a throw-in here, but there's plenty to like about the 19-year-old right-hander, who has registered a 1.64 ERA, 0.879 WHIP, and 32/2 K/BB ratio in 33 rookie-level innings since the Red Sox selected him in the 19th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.
Dec 11 - 1:01 PM

Tigers acquired RHP Alex Wilson, OF Yoenis Cespedes, and RHP Gabe Speier from the Red Sox for RHP Rick Porcello.

Wilson had a promising 1.91 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 19/5 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings this past season out of the Boston bullpen. The Tigers needed all the bullpen help they could get, and the 28-year-old Wilson should be a nice addition to middle relief.
Dec 11 - 12:58 PM

Tigers acquired OF Yoenis Cespedes, RHP Alex Wilson, and RHP Gabe Speier from the Red Sox for RHP Rick Porcello.

Cespedes will become the Tigers' new starting left fielder and should carry significant fantasy value batting in a lineup behind the likes of Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and J.D. Martinez. Cespedes slashed .260/.301/.450 with 22 home runs and 100 RBI in 152 games this past season between Oakland Boston. He can become a free agent after 2015.
Dec 11 - 12:37 PM

Tigers acquired RHP Alfredo Simon from the Reds for RHP Jonathon Crawford and INF Eugenio Suarez.

Detroit is coughing up two very talented players for Simon, who projects as nothing more than a fourth or fifth starter going forward. The 33-year-old right-hander had a strong first half of the 2014 season in Cincinnati, but the shine wore off down the stretch and he finished with an ERA+ 105 -- just above average.
Dec 11 - 11:48 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Tigers have acquired Alfredo Simon from the Reds.

So there's your Rick Porcello replacement. Simon posted a nice-looking 3.44 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 196 1/3 innings this past season for the Reds, but he faded badly as the year went along and his peripheral numbers have never been very kind. The 33-year-old right-hander can become a free agent after the 2015 campaign. Cincinnati will get infielder Eugenio Suarez (and presumably some other players) in return.
Dec 11 - 11:25 AM

According to CJ Nitkowski of FOX Sports 1, Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has been traded to the Tigers for right-handed starter Rick Porcello.

Alex Wilson, a right-handed reliever, is also headed to Detroit in the deal along with low-level minor league pitcher Gabe Speier. The Tigers wanted to add an outfield bat and they found a good one in Cespedes, but giving up Porcello couldn't have been an easy call. Porcello had a career year in 2014 at age 25, posting a 3.43 ERA in 204 2/3 innings for Detroit. Cespedes and Porcello will both be free agents next winter.
Dec 11 - 9:43 AM


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