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Tigers use Winter Meetings to plant seeds

Tigers general manager Al Avila didn't come to the 2018 Winter Meetings with a lot of payroll room to use. He didn't come in with a mandate to win now. He left Las Vegas with several roster needs filled for next season and some seeds planted for bigger moves later this winter.

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Ashley MacLennan

MLB offseason moves: AL Central roundup

What have the other teams in the AL Central been up to this offseason?

Compared to last offseason, the hot stove has been pretty warm for the AL Central this year. As the Winter Meetings wrap up, some teams have been busier than others. The results of the moves we’re seeing, though, suggest that some of the Tigers’ division rivals took note of how weak the AL Central was last season and hope to take advantage of that opportunity, while another team might be ready to take a step...

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Tigers nab righty Garrett in Rule 5 Draft

The final day of the Winter Meetings began with the annual Rule 5 Draft. The order was based on the reverse order of standings from the end of the 2018 regular season. Teams were only able to make a selection if they had space on their 40-man roster.

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Rabelo heads Tigers' Minor League staffing shift

A dozen years after Mike Rabelo climbed the Tigers' farm system to become a catcher in Detroit, he's on the rise again as a manager. The former Detroit Draft pick will take over next season at Double-A Erie, where he'll likely be in charge of a slew of the organization's highly touted pitching prospects.

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Rob Rogacki

Tigers select Reed Garrett in 2018 Rule 5 draft

Garrett is a 25-year-old who pitched in the Texas Rangers’ system in 2018.

The Detroit Tigers selected right-handed pitcher Reed Garrett with the fifth pick in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday. Garrett, 25, is a former 16th round pick who pitched in the Texas Rangers’ system in 2018. He managed a 2.04 ERA in 61 2?3 innings between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, and struck out nearly a batter per inning.

Baseball America’s JJ Cooper described Garrett as “a high-octane bullpen...

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Ashley MacLennan

Rumor: A’s interested in Blaine Hardy

Hardy had a tremendous 2018 season, and other teams are taking note.

It looks like Nicholas Castellanos isn’t the only Tiger drawing trade interest this offseason. Lefty reliever Blaine Hardy has piqued the interest of the Oakland Athletics, who are looking to bolster their pitching roster with someone who can do double duty as a starter and long reliever.

Hardy played that role with aplomb for the Tigers this season, and with the addition of lefty Matt Moore who seems poised to take over...

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Brandon Day

Links: Al Avila is getting his holiday shopping done early

Shane Greene doesn’t believe in dinosaurs.

Heading into this week’s Winter Meetings, the Tigers weren’t expected to be particularly active. Yet as things wrap up with the Rule 5 draft on Thursday, general manager Al Avila is a fair piece further along with his holiday shopping than most teams.

On the surface, that haste seems a bit at odds with the current state of the free agent market. The best players available are still getting paid, despite a slow pace, but the middle and lower...

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Rob Rogacki

Grayson Greiner might be the starting catcher next season

We’ll see if this is true come Opening Day, though.

Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire spoke with assorted media at the MLB Winter Meetings on Wednesday, and offered several noteworthy quotes. The juiciest of them all? A rather surprising admission that Grayson Greiner will likely be the Tigers’ starting catcher in 2019, with John Hicks serving as a backup.

Greiner, 26, is a former third round pick out of South Carolina. He made his MLB debut in 2018 and played in 30 games for the...

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Gardenhire: Tigers won't rush Cabrera's return

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire says he is planning to play Miguel Cabrera only a game or two per week as spring training begins, with the slugger returning from season-ending biceps surgery.

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Old school Gardenhire considering 'opener'

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire began his media session at baseball's Winter Meetings on Wednesday by saying he's open to the idea of using an "opener" as part of his pitching rotation.

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Reports: Tigers, SS Mercer agree to 1-year deal

Shortstop Jody Mercer, who has spent his entire seven-season major league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, has agreed to a one-year, $5.25 million deal with the Detroit Tigers, according to multiple reports.

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Tigers reportedly agree to deal with Mercer

The Tigers agreed on a contract with free-agent shortstop Jordy Mercer on Wednesday, according to a report by MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

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Ashley MacLennan

Tigers sign SS Jordy Mercer, per report

Avila promised a shortstop, and has delivered

It was just Tuesday evening when Al Avila promised that the Detroit Tigers would sign a shortstop — much to the relief of manager Ron Gardenhire — and on Wednesday afternoon they delivered. The Tigers have signed former Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop, first reported by Jon Heyman. Heyman also reported the deal is one-year for $5.25 million, plus $250,000 in incentives.

Last month, we wrote about why Mercer would be a decent signing for the...

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Report: Multiple teams interested in free agent Ian Kinsler

The Tigers, Brewers, Athletics and Nationals are among the teams interested in free-agent second baseman Ian Kinsler, according to Jon Morosi of MLB.com. The Brewers have met with Kinsler at the Winter Meetings, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel relays. Detroit’s inclusion on the list is particularly interesting in light of the fact that Kinsler thrived there from 2014-17, before the team traded him to the Angels last offseason. The 36-year-old ended up dividing the season...

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Ashley MacLennan

Links: Al Avila says “low probability” of signing Troy Tulowitzki

But confirms the Tigers are motivated to sign a shortstop

On Tuesday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays shocked the baseball community by releasing All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Of course, the question among Tigers fans, us included, was “Should the Tigers try to sign him?”

Well, turns out Al Avila and the Tigers brass are asking themselves that same question. It’s only natural that a team desperately in need of a shortstop for the 2019 season would perk up when the opportunity to...

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Brandon Day

Martin Maldonado may be a good match for the Tigers

The veteran fits the Tigers’ timeframe and price point reasonably well.

With a pair of pitchers already inked to free agent deals, our man in Las Vegas, Detroit Tigers general manager, Al Avila, will likely have a quiet end to his week at the Winter Meetings. However, that doesn’t mean his work is done.

The middle infield needs help, and Avila specifically guaranteed the Tigers would move to shore up the shortstop position in his comments on Tuesday. But whether it happens this week, or...

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Tigers in wait-and-see mode to fill SS vacancy

The Tigers entered the offseason prepared to wait out the free-agent market to find bargains at starting pitcher and shortstop. Detroit has pitching depth, with at least seven starting pitchers now that Matt Moore and Tyson Ross are signed to one-year deals. The Tigers still, however, do not have a shortstop, and appear unlikely to acquire one anytime soon.

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Rob Rogacki

Rumor: The Tigers are interested in Ian Kinsler

It makes too much sense to not happen, right?

Ian Kinsler only spent four seasons with the Detroit Tigers, but he felt like a native son from day one. His quiet, “f*** you” attitude on the field is as Detroit as it gets, and he was a hard-nosed player who gave his all in a Tigers uniform — including that time he was bleeding all over the place. He played Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” as his walk-up song, just because. He and Detroit native Jack White are BFFs, and now make...

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Ashley MacLennan

Here’s why the Tigers should want Troy Tulowitzki

The Blue Jays caught baseball by storm when they released Tulowitzki on Tuesday.

Troy Tulowitzki is a five-time All-Star, and has two Gold Gloves and two Silver Sluggers to his name. He was a runner up for the Rookie of the Year vote in 2007 (losing to some guy named Ryan Braun), and was arguably the face of the Colorado Rockies during his ten-year duration with the team.

Then he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and it has been a bumpy road for him since.

Tulowitzki has dealt with...

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Kyle Yost

Tyson Ross’ ceiling could be impressive for Tigers

There is no guaranteeing that Ross will ever find his old stuff, but it was worth the risk for the Tigers.

With the MLB Winter Meetings underway, the Detroit Tigers are unlikely to make any significant signings. Instead, the strategy will be to again sign low-risk, high-reward players who are not too flashy but could be in for a solid 2019 season if everything goes right. Righthander Tyson Ross, who is headed to Detroit on a one-year contract worth $5.75 million, fits this mold...

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