Reports came out earlier today that the Mets were looking at Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez as a potential fallback option if they could not bring back Cespedes. Hours later, it was reported that the Mets were optimistic in their chances to bringing him back. Then, it was reported that Yoenis will indeed re-sign with the Mets for a four-year deal worth $110 million. Continue reading
The Winter Meetings are next week, and we know, as always, the Tigers could be a major player in trade talks and rumors. However, for the first time in a while, the Tigers will be on the opposite side of the rumor mill–gauging interest in its own established players in return for prospects. So, I wanted to look at the past ten years and see what the Tigers have done in terms of transactions in what is usually MLB’s busiest week of the offseason.
UPDATE 1/3/17: This was expected to be a pretty busy offseason for GM Dave Dombrowksi of the All-Former Detroit Tigers squad. With Al Avila not making any major trades for the Detroit Tigers, Dombrowski has been unusually quiet. In fact, Dombrowski has lost his starting catcher, Al Avila, back to the 2017 Detroit Tigers, eliminating him from this squad. Manager Kirk Gibson has decided to make Bryan Holaday the new starting catcher and add Curt Casali over Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the bench as the backup catcher.
ORIGINAL 11/18/16: Seeing two former Detroit Tigers, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello, win the Cy Youngs this year got me thinking. There are a lot of former Tigers out there…what would a roster look like of those players? Here is that roster ranking players based on fWAR in 2016. I’ll also include career highlights. Continue reading
Justin Verlander has a pretty solid case for the Hall of Fame: 2011 AL MVP, 2011 AL Cy Young, 6x All-Star, 2011 Triple Crown, 2006 AL Rookie of the Year, 2x Wins leader, 1x ERA leader, 4x Strikeouts leader, and 2 no-hitters. With a few more productive seasons, Verlander will firmly be on the fence of a Hall of Fame starting pitcher. What would’ve helped his case, however, immensely would be 3 Cy Young awards. Only 9 other people in the history of the game have at least 3 Cy Youngs and only one active pitcher does (Clayton Kershaw). Continue reading
For each month in the Hot Stove, we’ll have a nice little collection of the trades, signings, and key waiver claims that teams make. With the World Series ending on November 2, the offseason began on November 3 and teams already started making moves. We’ll update this as soon as any moves are made by MLB teams. Continue reading