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74-87, 5th in AL Cent
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Ian Kinsler is majors' No. 4 at 2B

Buster Olney notes that Kinsler's 10th big league season, his second with the Tigers, saw him dominate defensive metrics at his position and stand out at the plate again. Top 10 second basemen (Insider)

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Source: Tigers pursuing ZImmerman

Detroit is in serious talks with free-agent Jordan Zimmermann, according to ESPN and media reports (first reported by Fox Sports). Zimmermann had a 3.66 ERA last season with the Nationals.

The rules you didn't know

MLB rules prohibit players from touching the ball with a catcher's mask or cap. Tigers catcher Mike Heath learned the hard way in 1987, when Angels manager Gene Mauch caught Heath taking off his mask and swiping at a ball in the dirt. The consequence? Rules state that each runner can advance two bases. 10 obscure sports rules

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4dDoug Padilla

Avila leaves Tigers for 1-year deal with White Sox

Alex Avila has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the White Sox, who are looking to improve a catching position that finished ninth in the AL in batting average this past season.

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Roberts makes 5 of a kind in dugouts

With the recent hiring of Dave Roberts, the Dodgers join the Brewers, Tigers, Rays and Padres with managers who played in the majors within the past 10 years on Opening Day. MLB notes (Insider)

Don't count out the Tigers

Last year didn't go well in Detroit, but the team is off to a fast start this offseason. The Tigers are holding steady as potential contenders, Jim Bowden writes. MLB status check (Insider)

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Tommy Hunter drawing interest

The free-agent right-hander is reportedly getting attention from the Indians, Tigers and Padres. Don't expect Hunter to sign early, though. MLB rumors roundup

Mike Gerber's stock up after AFL play

Gerber's looseness and comfort at the plate breeds optimism about his ability to hit. With some tweaks to his approach (he was allergic to walks in college), Gerber could be better than the average everyday player he's projected to be. Arizona Fall League (Insider)

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6dKatie Strang

McClendon to manage Tigers' Triple-A affiliate

It didn't take Lloyd McClendon long to find a new job as the former Mariners manager was hired by the Detroit Tigers to lead the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Cameron Maybin gives the Tigers a RH bat to share time with Tyler Collins in left field and Anthony Gose in center. He stole 23 bases last year and brings some speed to the Detroit lineup. He's also a positive energy guy who's good in the clubhouse. Not a huge pickup by Tigers GM Al Avila, but a good fit for Detroit.

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Braves-Tigers trade, a quick look: What the Braves get: Ian Krol LHR 93-96 good slider needs to throw more strikes. Gabe Speier LHR is 90-93 good CB and tough on lefties with 2/1 ground ball/fly ball ratio. Braves free up 6.5 million off payroll. What the Tigers get: Cameron Maybin good defensive center fielder with good range that will play well at the enormous confines of Comerica Park. His weak bat should not be a factor because of how deep the Tigers lineup is.

10dKatie Strang

Tigers announce new hires

The Tigers have added four new major-league scouts -- Ray Crone, Joe Ferrone, Randy Johnson and Jimmy Rough -- among the hires announced Thursday.

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Here is what the Brewers get in return for Frankie Rodriguez: Javy Betancourt is a young athletic 2b man with pretty good baseball instincts and actions. Avg. hands, and fielder. Can turn a double play fairly quick. Tool set more for 2b. Gap to gap hitter, bad ball hitter, makes contact, needs to improve strike zone Discipline. They also get a player to be named later.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

More bullpen fodder: Teams in the closer market say Joakim Soria is looking for a contract in the vicinity of 3 years, $27 million.

Tigers land veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez (2:08)
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Tigers acquire K-Rod in trade with Brewers

The Tigers hope to have found the answer to their bullpen woes, trading for veteran Milwaukee Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez on Wednesday.

Jayson Stark Senior Writer, 

Trade alert: An exec whose team has talked to Detroit about relievers says the Tigers are on the verge of trading for Francisco Rodriguez

Tigers need rotation help

For Detroit to get close to where it was prior to this year, the team will need to add a few starters, Buster Olney writes. Luckily for the Tigers, plenty are available this offseason. Biggest holes on contenders (Insider)

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Tigers looking to bring back Soria?

Talks between Detroit and Joakim Soria are reportedly picking up, and an offer could come this week. Soria isn't the only back-end reliever the Tigers are considering, though. MLB rumors roundup

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.2701st
On Base Percentage.3282nd
Slugging Percentage.4206th
Earned Run Average4.6428th
Quality Starts72Tied-21st

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