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83-79, 2nd in NL East

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The Tigers fancy themselves contenders in 2016 and needed to upgrade the AL's worst rotation. Jordan Zimmermann should help but it's also a risky signing given the $110 million price tag: His numbers were down across the board in 2015, perhaps related to a little dip in velocity, and now he moves from the weak NL East to the American League.

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

The Tigers made the first big free agent move of the winter by signing Jordan Zimmermann to a 5-year, $110 million contract, and it's likely they'll follow up by adding another veteran to slot in behind Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Zimmermann in the rotation. Doug Fister, who could be looking for a short-term deal to re-establish himself after a rough 2015 season, appears to fit the profile. But he's not the only available option.

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Source: Tigers, Zimmermann reach $110M deal

The Tigers have reached an agreement with free-agent right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who started a career-high 33 games for the Nationals last season.

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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.

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Nacionales quieren nuevo bullpen

Después de ser el gran fracaso de la temporada, los Nacionales buscan renovar su bullpen. Mirar

Will new leadership lift Nationals?

Hiring Dusty Baker was a good start for the disappointing Nationals, but they'll still need to recover from losing free agents Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond. MLB status check (Insider)

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Nationals to trade Storen and Papelbon?

Several teams have told ESPN's Jayson Stark that Washington wants to deal both Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon this offseason. That said, the Nats are in the hunt for the top relievers on the market. Hot Stove Daily

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Two front-runners for Darren O'Day?

The Nationals and the Dodgers are in the lead for the coveted free-agent reliever's services, sources tell's Jerry Crasnick. O'Day is believed to be seeking a four-year deal. MLB rumors roundup

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Drew Storen trade appears inevitable

The Nationals and Storen are a divorce waiting to happen, Jim Bowden writes. If the former closer does hit the trade block, plenty of teams look like possible destinations. Bowden: Potential big-name trades (Insider)

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Should the Nats trade for Chapman?

Adding Aroldis Chapman would give Washington an elite left-handed closer to pair with right-hander Jonathan Papelbon. But the cost will be high, and the Reds could ask for Drew Storen, among others, in return. Bowden: Trades I'd like to see (Insider)

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Max Scherzer among top MLB starters

Second in big league strikeouts last season and first in no-hitters (two), the Nationals' ace right-hander merits inclusion among Buster Olney's top 10. Top starters (Insider)

Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Chris Heisey has agreed to a minor league deal with the Nationals and will compete for a bench spot in 2016. He'll be reunited with Dusty Baker, his former manager in Cincinnati. The Nats are still looking for a LH hitting outfielder to back up Michael Taylor in center and Jayson Werth in left.

HQ: Nothing wrong with a lil' mispronunciation, Bryce (1:41)
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Dos en base: ¿Cuál es el sentido del premio MVP?

Donaldson y Harper fueron los Más Valiosos, pero...¿Harper fue valioso para quién? Mirar

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Youth not holding Bryce Harper back

Harper became the fourth-youngest player to win the MVP when he took home the hardware in the National League on Thursday.

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Harper's MVP season was worth $75.4M

Bryce Harper brilliance in 2015 is best underscored in his 9.7 Wins Above Replacement (FanGraphs version), a figure Neil Payne estimates as being worth $75.4M on the open market. 538: Measuring Harper's value

Harper afraid to answer question because of 'may mays' (0:57)
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The starters teams can actually afford

Doug Fister's velocity returned at the end of the season, and so did clubs' interest in him. The hope is that he'll be a good short-term investment with potential high-end return. Second-tier steals (Insider)

Harper on MVP: Excited to get better (4:04)
Olney: 'Bryce Harper being rewarded' (1:54)

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25116th
On Base Percentage.32114th
Slugging Percentage.40315th
Earned Run Average3.627th
Quality Starts91Tied-7th

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