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Rangers trade for Corey Kluber, per report

Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images Kluber’s long reign over the AL Central (and the Tigers, in particular) appears to be over. For years, Corey Kluber has mercilessly dominated the Detroit Tigers. Though he may still continue to do so, it will not happen as often going forward. According to a report from ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Texas Rangers are finalizing a deal to acquire Kluber. The Rangers, who were among the finalists for third baseman Anthony Rendon, have been looking to make a...

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Brandon Day

Don’t take the Austin Romine signing in isolation

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An underwhelming move at catcher is okay if the Tigers actually follow through on their promises elsewhere.

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila didn’t make many promises in his public comments during MLB’s Winter Meetings this week, but his tone was decidedly different from the past two offseasons. According to Avila, the Tigers are done stripping the roster down at this point and prepared to start building something. He and manager Ron...

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Free agent target: 2B Yolmer Sanchez

Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images The Tigers could use a middle infielder who plays plus defense. Sánchez could fill that hole. In a season full of disappointments, one of the more glaring voids on the 2019 Detroit Tigers roster was the lack of a capable everyday second baseman. That role was first handed to Josh Harrison, but injury and poor performance sent the Tigers falling back on their lack of depth. There still isn’t an in-house answer the team can turn to in 2020 and...

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Links: The Winter Meetings are over

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The Tigers signed a catcher, as well as made a few Rule 5 selections during the week.

The annual Major League Baseball Winter Meetings have come and gone, and while the Detroit Tigers did not make any significant moves, they did manage to fill one of their more pressing needs behind the plate, as well as picking up a few players during the Rule 5 Draft. None of these guys really moves the needle much for the team, but with the club dwelling at the...

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Jacob Markle

Scouting report: RHP Rony Garcia

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The Tigers selected Garcia in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday.

On Thursday, the Detroit Tigers selected Rony Garcia with the first pick in the Rule 5 draft, their second in the past three years. A 6’3, 200-pound right-handed pitcher from the New York Yankees, Garcia was signed as an international free agent in 2015 and spent most of the 2019 season with the Double-A Trenton Thunder. He met with mixed results; scouts agree that his...

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Free agent target: IF Travis Shaw

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The slugging corner infielder could do a lot to improve one of the league’s worst lineups.

The key challenge for the Detroit Tigers this offseason is finding relatively low-cost help to improve the team without blocking the handful of young players deserving of another look in 2020. Positional flexibility in players they pursue would help assuage those concerns, but one way or another, this team needs real offensive help to meet their stated goal of...

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Tigers sign catcher Austin Romine to one-year, $4.1M deal

The Tigers agred to a deal with catcher Austin Romine, Evan Woodberry of MLive.com reports. Romine, 31, has been a steady contributor to the Yankees for some time now. While he was the clear No. 2 in New York, he got  a good bit of action in recent years when Gary Sanchez was sidelined. Though he carried a dismal track record with the bat until recently, Romine has trended up in the past two seasons. Since the start of the 2018 season, he carries a solid .262/.302/.428 batting line with 18...

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Tigers select RHP Rony Garcia in Rule 5 draft

Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images Yankees’ prospect last pitched at double-A Trenton The Detroit Tigers have selected right-handed pitcher Rony Garcia with the first overall pick in the 2019 Rule 5 draft. Garcia is a righthander from the New York Yankees’ system who spent last season between Advanced-A Tampa, and Double-A Trenton. We will have a full scouting report on Garcia available later, but here are the early details, courtesy of Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic....

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Tigers sign one-year deal with Austin Romine

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images Brother of all-nine-positions utility player Andrew Romine, no less! As we mentioned on Wednesday, when speculation arose that the Tigers might be keen on free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos, it seemed clear Detroit was hoping to lock down a veteran free agent catcher before the end of the 2019 Winter Meetings. Now, as reported first by Chris McCosky, they have signed with former Yankees catcher, and free agent, Austin Romine, to a one-year deal....

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The Tigers were interested in Nomar Mazara, but the White Sox got him first

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More importantly, the Tigers are looking to improve for 2020 and beyond.

The Chicago White Sox acquired outfielder Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers early Wednesday morning, in exchange for minor league outfielder Steele Walker. This isn’t the biggest news of the day by a longshot — Gerrit Cole is now a very rich man, if you haven’t heard — and frankly, it’s not even that big of a deal for the White Sox. Chicago had already shelled out big...

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Tigers showing interest in Robinson Chirinos, per report

Photo by Elsa/Getty Images The catcher most recently appeared in the World Series with the Astros. As the hot stove continues to warm during Winter Meetings (Gerrit Cole signs before February! Didi Gregorius could have been signed for a mere $14MM on a one-year deal!), the Tigers have yet to make any moves. Al Avila has had a lot to say, but so far there has been no action. If a recent report from Jon Morosi is to be believed (and there’s no reason not to trust Morosi), they might very...

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Free agent target: OF Domingo Santana

Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images The Tigers have a lot of outfielders, but few legit bats to lean on. The Detroit Tigers have themselves in an odd position in terms of their outfield as they consider how to improve the club on the cheap this offseason. They have a whole host of relatively young outfielders between the Tigers roster and Triple-A Toledo, but few have much of a pedigree, and of those who have seen major league time, not a single one has impressed enough...

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Rob Rogacki

Rumor: The Astros ‘have considered’ trading Carlos Correa

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A potential Correa trade is fun to think about considering the Tigers’ history in this department.

As their payroll buts up against the salary cap luxury tax threshold, the Houston Astros are exploring all options to needlessly save themselves money. This includes trading Carlos Correa — yes, that Carlos Correa — according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Correa needs no explanation, but we will quickly run through the details. He was the...

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10 pitchers the Tigers could target in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft

Righty Ljay Newsome was a force to be reconed with in the Mariners’ farm in 2019. | Sabrina Barr There is plenty of cheap pitching depth to be had in this crop of players. While the number of pitching prospects who can make meaningful contributions for the Detroit Tigers in 2020 is up for debate, there’s no question that it will be the year the organization begins to collect returns on its rebuild. The majority of the 2019 Erie SeaWolves rotation that rocked the Eastern League last...

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Jacob Markle

Links: Fare ye well, Ronny Rodriguez

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The Tigers’ utility man was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Milwaukee Brewers organization is the proud new parent (club) of utility infielder Ronny Rodriguez, as it was announced on Monday that he was claimed off waivers by the Brew Crew. Also leaving the organization via a waiver claim is Marcos Diplan — a former Brewers prospect who the Tigers had claimed off waivers earlier in the offseason. Diplan will be headed to the...

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Jason Castro might fill Tigers' need at catcher

Finding a catcher is the Tigers’ No. 1 priority this offseason, according to general manager Al Avila, who also named first base, corner outfield, the rotation and perhaps the middle infield as other areas of interest for the rebuilding club (via Chris McCosky of the Detroit News). Behind the plate, the belief is that Jason Castro -- one of the best catchers remaining on the open market -- is at the top of the Tigers’ list, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports. The...

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Rob Rogacki

There is a Nike swoosh on the Tigers’ new jersey

Nike is the new provider of MLB uniforms, and they are making sure everyone knows it.

Starting in 2020, you may notice a change to the Detroit Tigers uniforms. No, they haven’t messed with the Olde English D this time (as far as we know). The caps are staying the same — though we can’t say the same for their usual spring training atrocities — and they aren’t changing colors or anything weird like that.

But, depending on your point of view, this might be a huge deal.

New year....

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Jacob Markle

10 hitters the Tigers could target in the 2019 Rule 5 Draft

Catcher Brett Cumberland could draw the attention of the offensively-starved Tigers in the Rule 5 Draft. | Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

If you squint, you might see a major leaguer or two.

The Detroit Tigers desperately need bats who can contribute in 2020 (and beyond). Their offense was the worst in the majors last season by multiple metrics and it often felt like the team had hit rock bottom despite bright performances on the mound from Matthew Boyd, Spencer...

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Patrick OKennedy

The Tigers will receive a competitive balance pick in the 2020 MLB draft

Getting the 69th overall draft pick comes with other perks as well.

Major League Baseball has confirmed that the Detroit Tigers will receive a competitive balance draft pick in the June 2020 amateur player draft. The announcement confirms what many of us had suspected previously.

The pick, currently slotted for No. 69 overall, is subject to change, depending on which teams sign elite free agents to contracts before the next draft begins. As an example, the Arizona Diamondbacks used their...

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John Marlatt

Links: The Modern Era Committee can go pound sand

TFW you’re one of the best second basemen ever and they still can’t find a way to get you into the hall | Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Lou Whitaker gets screwed again (and some other stuff).

When Lou Whitaker was placed on this year’s Modern Era Committee Hall of Fame ballot, many people saw this for what it was: Major League Baseball’s opportunity to right a wrong. Like most men in their mid-thirties hearing REO Speedwagon’s Roll With the Changes and...

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