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  1. Yankees “have shown interest in” Jeremy Bonderman

    Jan 5, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jeremy Bonderman

    While the Yankees wait for Andy Pettitte to decide if he wants to play in 2011 or retire, Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that they “have shown interest in” former Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman. Once upon a time Bonderman was a very promising young starter, going 14-8 with a 4.08 ERA and 202 strikeouts…

  2. Brian Cashman on Johnny Damon: “There’s not a clear role for him here”

    Dec 23, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed reports that he’s been in touch with Johnny Damon‘s agent, but called it “just part of our canvassing process” and downplayed the outfielder’s chances of returning to New York. “It’s something we do with every free agent,” Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com. “I can’t tell you if anything’s…

  3. Magglio Ordonez returns to Tigers for one year and $10 million

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Magglio basepaths

    Last month the Tigers declined their $15 million option on Magglio Ordonez for 2011, but after shopping around for a new team Ordonez has decided to return to Detroit on a one-year deal worth two-thirds the salary. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Ordonez turned down two-year offers elsewhere to re-sign for $10 million, citing…

  4. UPDATE: Cardinals add Gerald Laird as Yadier Molina’s backup

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    gerald-laird-tigers

    UPDATE: Done deal. Laird gets $1 million guaranteed, plus $300,000 in incentives. ========== Matthew Leach of MLB.com hasn’t been able to confirm the news yet, but Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Cardinals are close to signing veteran catcher Gerald Laird. Laird is coming off a career-worst season in Detroit, hitting just .207 with…

  5. Red Sox target Magglio Ordonez in search of right-handed bat

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Ordonez heads for the dug-out after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning of their MLB baseball game in Detroit

    After trading for Adrian Gonzalez the Red Sox’s lineup is heavily left-handed and Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that they may try to balance things a bit by signing Magglio Ordonez. Ordonez is 37 years old and missed half the season with an ankle injury, but he hit .303 with an .852 OPS when healthy…

  6. Joel Zumaya is one more injury from “finding another job”

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Detroit pitcher Zumaya injures arm after pitching to Twins Young during their MLB baseball game in Minneapolis

    Joel Zumaya is hoping to be fully recovered from his latest significant arm injury in time for spring training, but the flame-throwing right-hander told Jason Beck of MLB.com that his next injury would probably be his last one: I’m trying to make some believers. This year’s going to be my make-it-or-break-it year. If I get…

  7. $50 million deal looks worse with news Tigers will use Victor Martinez mostly at DH

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    victor-martinez-catching

    From the Tigers’ point of view I liked signing Victor Martinez to a four-year, $50 million deal last week. Initially, at least. My assumption at the time was that they would use Martinez as their primary catcher for as long as he was somewhat passable behind the plate, getting an elite-hitting backstop for the first…

  8. Red Sox offered Victor Martinez $36 million for three years or $42 million for four years

    Nov 23, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    Terry Francona, Victor Martinez, David Ortiz

    Victor Martinez’s four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers is all but official, and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox made a pair of offers to Martinez that he turned down. One was a three-year deal worth $36 million and the other was a four-year deal worth $42 million. In…

  9. Tigers take $50 million risk that Victor Martinez is rare catcher to age well into his mid-30s

    Nov 23, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez’s reported four-year, $50 million deal with the Tigers would make him the third-highest paid catcher in baseball behind Joe Mauer and Jorge Posada, which is interesting given that nearly every other position has many more big-money deals. Several factors keep catchers from cashing in more often as free agents. First and foremost is…

  10. Magglio Ordonez’s fractured ankle is healed, says Scott Boras

    Nov 19, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez ankle

    Scott Boras entered “boy who cried wolf” territory a long time ago when it comes to hyping clients and painting everything about them in the best possible light, but for whatever it’s worth he told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that Magglio Ordonez is now fully healthy following ankle surgery. Ordonez missed the final two…

  11. Tigers sign Joaquin Benoit to three-year, $16.5 million deal

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    joaquin-benoit-rays

    UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes says the deal is for three years and $16.5 million, with another $1 million in incentives each season. MLB Trade Rumors notes that it’s the biggest contract signed by a non-closer reliever since Scott Linebrink in November of 2007. ========== According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Tigers “are…

  12. Neftali Feliz beats Austin Jackson for AL Rookie of the Year

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    Rangers closer Neftali Feliz topped Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson in the AL Rookie of the Year balloting, receiving 20 of 28 first-place votes cast by Baseball Writers Association of America members. There will no doubt be considerably more debate about Buster Posey topping Jason Heyward in the NL, but the AL version is also…

  13. Adam Everett “has received interest from several teams”

    Nov 9, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Adam Everett

    Adam Everett didn’t latch on with a new team after the Tigers released him in early June, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the 34-year-old shortstop is still looking to play in 2011 and “has received interest from several teams.” Everett is one of the best, most underrated defensive shortstop in baseball history and…

  14. Tigers decline Jhonny Peralta’s option for 2011, but may work out new deal

    Nov 2, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    Last week the Tigers were said to be working on a two-year contract with Jhonny Peralta and Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the two sides are still talking, but in the meantime they declined his $7.5 million option for 2011. Detroit should be able to re-sign him for quite a bit less than that…

  15. Peter Gammons: Red Sox unlikely to re-sign Victor Martinez

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Terry Francona, Victor Martinez, David Ortiz

    During a recent Boston radio appearance Peter Gammons predicted that the Red Sox will not re-sign Victor Martinez and speculated that the switch-hitting catcher will end up signing with the Tigers as a free agent this offseason. Gammons speculated that Detroit will give Martinez a four- or five-year contract, adding: “I don’t think anybody else…

  16. Braves decide on Larry Parrish as new hitting coach

    Oct 29, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    larry-parrish-tigers

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves will hire Larry Parrish as their new hitting coach, with an announcement expected later today. Parrish, who hit 256 homers in 15 seasons as a big-league third baseman and made a pair of All-Star teams, had been the Triple-A manager in Detroit’s organization and also managed the…

  17. Report: Tigers “are deeply interested in Carl Crawford”

    Oct 27, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford will obviously have no shortage of suitors when he hits the open market as a free agent next month and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Tigers will be among the many teams making a run at the speedy outfielder. According to Rosenthal the Tigers “are deeply interested in Crawford” and…

  18. Tigers “expected” to re-sign free agent-to-be Jhonny Peralta

    Oct 27, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    Last week the Tigers kept Brandon Inge from hitting the open market by signing him to a two-year, $11.5 million deal and now Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that they’re “expected” to retain impending free agent Jhonny Peralta as well. Peralta went from Cleveland to Detroit in a July 28 trade and hit just…

  19. Tigers sign Brandon Inge to two-year, $11.5 million deal with option for 2013

    Oct 21, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    brandon-inge-tigers-throw

    Last week general manager Dave Dombrowski said the Tigers “would ideally like to” sign free agent-to-be Brandon Inge before he hit the open market five days after the World Series and sure enough the two sides have agreed to a deal. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he’ll get $11 million for two years, with…

  20. Fired as Angels’ scouting director, Eddie Bane joins Tigers

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    eddie bane

    In a surprise move last month the Angels fired Eddie Bane as part of a housecleaning in the scouting department, but it didn’t take long for the well-respected scouting director to find another gig. Keith Law of ESPN.com reports that Bane “will join the Tigers’ pro scouting department.” His specialty is really more scouting amateurs…

  21. Tigers deny Mets’ request to interview Al Avila for GM opening

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Al Avila

    According to Jason Beck of MLB.com the Tigers have denied the Mets’ request to interview Al Avila as a potential general manager replacement for Omar Minaya. Avila, who is currently Detroit’s assistant general manager under Dave Dombrowski, has a contract that allows the Tigers to deny such requests. Beck reports that the Tigers also denied…

  22. Time for Garza to realize potential

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:33 AM EDT

    Matt Garza – to paraphrase Kevin Costner’s Crash Davis – has a gift. When he was a baby, the gods reached down and turned his right arm into a thunderbolt. On Monday, the Tampa Bay right-hander unleashed that gift on the Detroit Tigers, dazzling them with an array of high, hard fastballs and tight-spinning breaking…

  23. Report: MLB to seize Rangers, complete sale, get sued

    May 3, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    That’s the logical conclusion if what Sports Business Journal’s Daniel Kaplan is reporting is true: MLB as soon as this week plans to dramatically alter the course of the standoff between creditors and the owner of the Texas Rangers, multiple sources said last week, a development that could include the league seizing the franchise. Were…

  24. The Week Ahead: Two big series for Red Sox

    May 3, 2010, 1:23 AM EDT

    The Boston Red Sox were swept by the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend. I’ll let you take a moment to read that again. Yes, we know that it’s a long season and teams have their ups and downs, but this is the Orioles we’re talking about. A team that was 2-16 not so long ago,…

  25. Tensions escalate between MLB and Dominican scouts

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    MLB Trade Rumors’ Nick Collias continues to stay on top of the increasingly strained relationship between Major League Baseball and various baseball factions in the Dominican Republic. The latest: scouts have barred members of the Major League Scouting Bureau from watching players at several recent exhibitions on the island. In apparent retaliation, Major League Baseball…

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