Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tigers and Prince Fielder Agree to 9 Year $214 Million Deal

Ken Rosenthal recently comfirmed reports that the Detroit Tigers and Prince Fielder have agreed to a 9 year $214 million deal.

Victor Martinez recently tore his ACL and will miss the 2012 season, so the Tigers went out and made a splash and will sign Fielder. In 2010 Fielder hit .299 with 38 Home Runs and 120 RBI as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Fielder is a career .282 hitter with a career OBP of .390.

It's expected Fielder will play 1st base. So Miguel Cabrera would need to change positions.

Detroit needed to find someone to hit behind Cabrera, and I think they found the perfect player.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Victor Martinez Torn ACL; Likely Done for the Season

Jason Beck just reported Victor Martinez tore his ACL and if he needs surgery he is likely done for the season.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports Martinez injured his knee in winter conditioning.

The Tigers signed Martinez to a 4 year contract after the 2010 season and in his first season with the Tigers, Martinez hit .330 with 12 Home Runs and 103 RBI. He also bat behind Miguel Cabrera.

With Martinez likely done for the season it leaves a huge gap for the Tigers, who were favorites to win the American League Central in 2012.

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Detroit Tigers Avoid Arbitration with Max Scherzer & Delmon Young

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports Max Scherzer and the Tigers avoided arbitration and agreed upon a 1 year deal worth $3.75 million. Jon Heyman also reported that the Tigers agreed upon a 1 year $6.75 million deal to avoid arbitration.

Scherzer went 15-9 with a 4.43 ERA in 195 innings pitched last season. Delmon Young was traded to the Tigers last season and in 40 games hit .274 with 8 Home Runs and 32 RBI. Young will be a free agent after the 2012 season.

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Detroit Tigers & Don Kelly Avoid Arbitration

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports the Detroit Tigers and Don Kelly have avoided arbitration and agreed upon a 1 year deal worth $900,000.

Last season Don Kelly hit .245 with 7 Home Runs and 28 RBI in a utility role. Kelly spent most of his time playing 3rd base, but also started all 3 outfield positions as well as first base. Kelly also made his first career appearance out of the bullpen and has a career ERA of 0.00

Don Kelly is likely to be used at 3rd base in a platoon role with Brandon Inge this season, but will also be a defensive replacement at a corner outfield spot when needed late in a game.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Detroit Tigers Avoid Arbitration with Phil Coke

According to mlbtraderumors.com the Detroit Tigers have avoided arbitration with Phil Coke. The two sides agreed upon a $1.1 million deal with $50,000 in incentives.

Phil Coke went 3-9 with a 4.47 ERA in 2011. Coke spent the first half of the season in the starting rotation, but with mixed results was moved back into the bullpen where Coke has had more success in his career as a situational lefty.

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Tigers Avoid Arbitration With Rick Porcello

According to mlbtraderumors.com the Detroit Tigers have avoided arbitration with Rick Porcello as the two sides agree to a 1 year deal worth $3.1 million.

In 2011 Porcello went 14-9 with a 4.75 ERA and threw a career high 182 innings. Porcello is going through his first trip of arbitration after opting out of his rookie contract to start the arbitration process.

There was never a doubt the two sides would work out an agreement as the GM of the Tigers, Dave Dombrowski has never gone to arbitration in his tenure as the Tigers GM.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Detroit Tigers Invite 18 Players to Spring Training

The Detroit Tigers Announced today that they will be inviting 18 players to Spring Training in the 2012 season. Those invites are headlined by left handed starter Drew Smyly and third baseman Nick Castellanos. Both players are top prospects of the Tigers and have been linked in trade rumors this offseason.

The entire list of players with an invite to make the big league club are:

Pitchers: Chris Bootcheck, Darin Downs and Drew Smyly.

Catchers: Rob Brantly, Curt Casali, Bryan Holaday, Patrick Leyland, James McCann and Omir Santos.

Infielders: Nick Castellanos, Audy Ciriaco, Argenis Diaz and Ryan Strieby.

Outfielders: Quintin Berry, Jerad Head and Matt Young.

Utility Players: Justin Henry and Eric Patterson.

Most of these players do not have much of a chance to make the team out of Spring Training, but will get valuable time with the big team and some of these players could be called up for various reasons during the regular season.

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