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  1. Miguel Cabrera is definitely the Tigers’ starting third baseman

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera said as much as soon as the Prince Fielder signing happened, but manager Jim Leyland made things official during Fielder’s introductory press conference today: Cabrera will be the Tigers’ starting third baseman. And not only that, Leyland added that he doesn’t even plan to remove Cabrera for defensive purposes late in games. Cabrera,…

  2. Introducing Prince Fielder: Detroit Tiger

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

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    Prince Fielder was just introduced as the newest Detroit Tiger. The press conference is still going on. Can’t see it here, but he’s rocking cornrows, which are pretty fantastic.  His wife and kids were with him. Tigers owner Mike Ilitch presented Fielder’s wife with flowers. Fielder said that he messed up Scott Boras’ hair before…

  3. Tigers fans don’t care how much money Prince Fielder makes

    Jan 26, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

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    I’ve been critical of the Prince Fielder contract. So have the majority of my counterparts around the baseball blogosphere. It’s a lot of money for a guy who doesn’t fit ideally into that roster and it may cause some issues later, yadda, yadda yadda, etc. But Tigers fans don’t really care.  At least the ones…

  4. Miguel Cabrera says he’ll move back to third base to accommodate Prince Fielder

    Jan 24, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera began his tenure with the Tigers as a third baseman in 2008, but he was quickly moved across the diamond after committing five errors in the space of just 14 games. However, he’s preparing for an unexpected move back to the hot corner now that the Tigers and Prince Fielder have agreed to…

  5. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  6. Prince Fielder needs to be a full-time designated hitter

    Jan 24, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Joey Votto, Drew Stubbs

    After the stunning news that the Tigers had signed Prince Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million contract came another little bombshell, courtesy of CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman: prince will be the first baseman, for anyone asking. cabrera will have to change role. FOXSports.com’s Danny Knobler, a former Tigers beat writer, made the same claim minutes…

  7. The Prince Fielder contract: all kinds of crazy

    Jan 24, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    For almost every big free agent deal there are (a) the financial implications; and (b) the baseball implications. Often a deal is good on the baseball side of things but not so good on the financial side of things.  In the case of Prince Fielder going to the Tigers for nine years and $214 million,…

  8. Tigers general manager four days ago: Prince Fielder “is probably not a good fit”

    Jan 24, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

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    Obviously a general manager saying misleading things about a big-name free agent shouldn’t be shocking at this point, but with Prince Fielder signing a massive nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers today Dave Dombrowski’s comments from just four days ago are pretty interesting. Dombrowski was asked Friday about the Tigers’ chances of signing Fielder…

  9. Prince Fielder signs a nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers

    Jan 24, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    It’s being reported by multiple sources that Prince Fielder is “very close” to a nine-year, $214 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. Tim Brown of Yahoo! had it first. UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that it’s a done deal. This is really off-the-wall.  Partially because (a) the Tigers just last week said they weren’t going…

  10. Wilson Betemit expected to be Orioles’ designated hitter, gets two-year deal worth $3 million

    Jan 24, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    Wilson Betemit‘s two-year contract with the Orioles is worth $3 million in guaranteed money and could be worth up to $6 million if his 2014 option vests based on playing time, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun. Betemit has bounced around a ton over the past few years, so his agent did very…

  11. UPDATE: Orioles and Wilson Betemit agree to two-year contract with an option

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:09 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is now reporting that the O’s and Betemit have agreed to a two-year deal with an option for a third year. Exact terms aren’t yet available, but it’s a bit of a surprise to see him get a multi-year deal at this point of the offseason. And from…

  12. Roy Oswalt turned down the “very interested” Tigers

    Jan 23, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com–who was a longtime beat writer in Detroit–reports that the Tigers “were very interested” in Roy Oswalt, but “he didn’t want to go to Detroit.” There’s been plenty of speculation that the Red Sox dumped Marco Scutaro and his $6 million salary on the Rockies in order to clear the payroll space…

  13. GM says Prince Fielder “probably not a good fit” for Tigers

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Victor Martinez‘s season-ending knee injury puts the Tigers in the market for a veteran designated hitter and has some fans getting their hopes up for Prince Fielder, but general manager Dave Dombrowski threw cold water on that notion yesterday. Angela Wittrock of MLive.com asked the GM about Fielder during the Tigers’ winter caravan tour and…

  14. Vlad Guerrero, Raul Ibanez have called the Yankees peddling DH services

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    The free agent DH market is rough, kids. If you’re old, used to hit well and can’t field anymore the pickings are slim for you. So slim that you’re  calling teams rather than them calling you. To wit: Ken Davidoff of Newsday reports that Vlad Guerrero and Raul Ibanez have called the Yankees inquiring about…

  15. Carl Crawford had arthroscopic surgery on his wrist

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    This isn’t anything as bad as the Victor Martinez news, but another big name is going to miss some time: Carl Crawford had arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist today to repair cartilage. It’s being described as routine, and he is expected to be recovered and — in the words of GM Ben Cherington — will…

  16. Victor Martinez likely out for the season with torn ACL

    Jan 17, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Detroit’s status as the AL Central favorites has taken a big hit before the Tigers even arrived at spring training, as designated hitter/catcher Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during offseason conditioning. No decision has been yet made regarding surgery, but if Martinez needs to go under the knife he’d likely…

  17. Rick Porcello gets raise to $3.1 million, bypassing arbitration with Tigers

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    Arbitration eligible for the first time, Rick Porcello has avoided a hearing by signing a one-year deal with the Tigers. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Porcello will get $3.1 million after making $1.5 million last season as part of the major-league contract he signed after being drafted out of high school by the Tigers…

  18. Twins, Joel Zumaya agree to terms on one-year deal

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Forget about the Red Sox and Padres. According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, the Twins have signed reliever Joel Zumaya to a one-year contract that could be worth anywhere between $800,000 and $1.7 million, depending on the right-hander’s ability to hit certain performance incentives. Zumaya missed all of the 2011 season due to elbow surgery and…

  19. Red Sox, Padres “pushing hard” for reliever Joel Zumaya

    Jan 15, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Free agent reliever Joel Zumaya worked out in front of 50 scouts from 20 different MLB teams last month. And he clearly made a positive impression. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox and Padres are among a group of major league clubs “pushing hard” to sign Zumaya. The 27-year-old right-hander…

  20. “Nothing going on” with rumors of Matt Garza to the Tigers

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Last night David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reported that the Cubs and Tigers were “down the road in discussions” for Matt Garza, but today several sources contradict that claim. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that “there’s nothing going on with the Tigers in regards to Garza” and Peter Gammons said on MLB Network that “I’m told…

  21. Phillies focused on a one-year deal for Cole Hamels

    Jan 10, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Cole Hamels can hit free agency next offseason, but a contract extension doesn’t appear to be on the agenda for the Phillies this winter. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies assistant general manager said tonight that the club is focused on negotiating a one-year deal with the left-hander. “We’ve had discussions with Cole,” assistant…

  22. Cardinals sign catcher Koyie Hill to minor-league contract

    Jan 10, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Koyie Hill was non-tendered by the Cubs in December after batting .194 with two homers and .545 OPS over 153 plate appearances in 2011, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the has latched on with the division-rival Cardinals on a minor-league deal. Hill, who turns 33 in March, has a .211/.275/.298 batting line…

  23. Cubs and Tigers “down the road” in trade talks regarding Matt Garza

    Jan 9, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

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    Citing “excellent baseball sources,” David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs and Tigers are “down the road in discussions” of a deal that would send right-hander Matt Garza to Detroit for a package of prospects. No word of the prospects being discussed, but Kaplan mentions right-hander Jacob Turner, third baseman Nick Castellanos and left-hander Casey…

  24. Kerry Wood expected to sign by Friday; Cubs no sure thing

    Jan 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Kerry Wood told NBC-5 in Chicago that he expects to sign by Friday, with Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reporting that the Phillies, Tigers, Angels, and Reds are among the teams competing with the Cubs for the 34-year-old reliever. Wood took significantly less money to sign with the Cubs last offseason and said just a couple…

  25. Rick Porcello opts out of contract, arbitration-eligible this winter

    Jan 6, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    According to James Schmehl of MLive.com, Rick Porcello has opted out of his contract and is now arbitration-eligible this winter. After the Tigers drafted Porcello out of high school as the 27th pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, they signed him to a four-year, $7.285 million major-league deal which included club options for 2011 and 2012.…

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