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Michael Fulmer No. 48 prospect in 2016
With little left for Fulmer to work on, he should be the first starter recalled when there's an opening in the Tigers' rotation. His biggest downside is that he's Detroit's only prospect in the top 100. Law: Top 100 prospects (Insider)
Tigers no longer MLB's worst farm system
Detroit landed its new No. 1 prospect last summer and added depth to a system badly depleted by trades in the other direction. It's still not good, but for the first time in maybe a decade it's trending upward. Ranking all 30 farm systems (Insider)
J.D. Martinez and the Detroit Tigers finalized their two-year, $18.5 million contract Wednesday in a deal that avoided salary arbitration.
Big year ahead for Nick Castellanos
Castellanos was rushed to the majors in 2013, so he's been slow to adjust to big league pitching. Entering his third full season, he'll start to realize his potential. Breakout hitters in 2016 (Insider)
Age 40 didn't slow down Darrell Evans
Evans is one of the best veteran players ever and was vastly underrated through his career. He led the AL with 40 home runs at age 38. In fact, from age 36 on, only Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron hit more home runs than Evans' 182. All-time age-40 All-Star team
Outfielder J.D. Martinez, who slugged 38 homers and drove in 102 in a career season in 2015, reached a two-year, $18.5 million deal to avoid salary arbitration with the Tigers.
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Assuming JD Martinez passes physical, he will become the fourth and final Tiger this offseason to avoid arbitration with the team.
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Tigers and J.D. Martinez have agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $18.5 million, a source confirms to ESPN. The deal, which comes with a contract value of $6.75 M in 2016 and $11.75 M in 2017, is pending a physical
Miguel Cabrera vs. Chris Sale
Injuries have diminished his power, but maybe a healthy Cabrera can storm back as a 40-homer threat. Sale is coming off an incredible 274 strikeouts in just 208 innings. Who has the upper hand? Hitter vs. pitcher matchups to watch
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Los retirados Tomás Pérez y Bobby Abreu con el receptor Víctor Martínez, de Detroit Tigers, y el 3B Luis Valbuena, de Houston Astros, viendo la final de la Serie del Caribe por ESPNews en Orlando, Florida.
Don't sleep on Nick Castellanos
He won't have anywhere near the fanfare of the five Tigers who will bat ahead of him, but if his late power surge in 2015 was legit, he'll benefit from the lumber preceding him in the lineup. Castellanos hit nine homers and slugged .478 in 69 games after the All-Star break last season. Top 5 fantasy sleepers
K-Rod set to join exclusive club
Francisco Rodriguez, who was traded to the Tigers this winter, is just 14 saves away from becoming the sixth reliever to join the 400-save club. At 34 years old, 500 could be in the cards for Rodriguez down the road. Simon: Milestones to watch in 2016
Tigers need the good Justin Verlander
Miguel Cabrera may be the most important player on the Tigers, but Detroit's success this year is equally dependent on Verlander putting up the same kind of numbers he did late last season, Buster Olney writes. Linchpin players for 2016 (Insider)
First Hall class still reigns supreme
When it comes to baseball's Hall of Fame, no class tops the inaugural 1936 group that included five of the sport's greatest legends: Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner and Christy Mathewson. Schoenfield: Top 5 HOF classes
Three MLB stars out of Caribbean HR derby
David Ortiz, Robinson Cano and Miguel Cabrera won't be in the Caribbean Series Home Run Derby, as previously scheduled, because the MLBPA is forbidding it. Story
Arbitration may appeal to J.D. Martinez
The Tigers and Martinez have yet to agree on a contract for 2016, and an arbitration hearing is right around the corner. At this point, waiting for such could be a smart move for the 28-year-old, Chris Iott writes. MLive.com
How valuable is turning a double play in 2016? And who's the best at doing it? David Schoenfield digs into the data for answers.
Sharing a passion for photography and the common bond of overcoming cancer, Daniel Norris and Ben Moon loaded up Norris' famous van and set out to see the world come into focus.
Zona ESPN: Detroit con un bullpen fortalecido
José Francisco Rivera y Renato Bermúdez hablan con Miguel Cabrera sobre la llegada de Justin Upton a los Tigres de Detroit. Mirar
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José Francisco Rivera y Renato Bermúdez hablan con Miguel Cabrera sobre la Fundación Miguel Cabrera. Mirar
Tigers greatly improved '16 chances
Detroit dished out large contracts for young free agents but also signed Mark Lowe and traded for Francisco Rodriguez to help pad its struggling bullpen. The Tigers spent a lot, but they covered a lot of their problem areas. Grading the offseason (Insider)
The Tigers sent infielder Jefry Marte, who was designated for assignment last week, to the Angels for Kody Eaves, who hit .248 in Single-A.
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Tigers acquire INF Kody Eaves from LA Angels in exchange for INF Jefry Marte, who was designated for assignment after Justin Upton signing last week