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Orioles Sign Alex Presley To Minor League Deal

The Orioles announced that they’ve signed veteran outfielder Alex Presley to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. Presley, a Sports Pro Services client, gives the Orioles a left-handed-hitting option to add to their outfield mix, which they’ve reportedly been seeking for much of the offseason. Given that Presley isn’t guaranteed a 40-man spot, it’s possible that the O’s could continue to explore other additions for that role as well. More to come.

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Links: The Tigers are interested in Chris Tillman

The Tigers also have a closer, and Miguel Cabrera feels great as they kick off full squad workouts.

It’s Monday, folks and as the big baseball machine slowly lumbers into motion I have three words to help you start your week: Full Squad Workouts. The whole band is back together in Lakeland. Let’s see what’s going on.

Warm it up, Chris

With the signing of Mike Fiers, most people assumed the starting rotation was pretty well locked in with a cast of Michael Fulmer, Jordan Ziimmermann,...

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Miggy arrives at camp with positive message

Miguel Cabrera reported to Spring Training on Sunday to play ball with the kids. In this case, it was a Miggy Ball youth baseball event on the field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

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Rob Rogacki

The Tigers are interested in Chris Tillman again

Tillman would add rotation depth and stuff in 2018.

Earlier this offseason, the Detroit Tigers expressed some interest in righthander Chris Tillman. Formerly of the Baltimore Orioles, Tillman appeared to be an interesting buy-low candidate that could fetch a prospect at July’s trade deadline. He is still that pitcher, but the Tigers have since signed Mike Fiers, Ryan Carpenter, and a bunch of guys on minor league deals.

However, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman insists the Tigers are still...

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The Tigers are interested in Chris Tillman again

Tillman would add rotation depth and stuff in 2018. Earlier this offseason, the Detroit Tigers expressed some interest in righthander Chris Tillman. Formerly of the Baltimore Orioles, Tillman appeared to be an interesting buy-low candidate that could fetch a prospect at July’s trade deadline. He is still that pitcher, but the Tigers have since signed Mike Fiers, Ryan Carpenter, and a bunch of guys on minor league deals. However, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman insists the Tigers are still...

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Rob Rogacki

Royals fail to sign Eric Hosmer, will be very bad in 2018

The Royals are probably better off without Hosmer long-term, but man this 2018 roster looks rough.

By now, you’ve probably heard that the San Diego Padres have agreed to sign Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract. Pundits seem a bit gunshy about laughing at the deal given baseball’s current economic landscape — if anything, the Padres have earned some praise for actually paying a free agent real money. I’ll say this: if Hosmer provides value off the field like Jayson...

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Sleeper, breakout and bust for the Detroit Tigers

Spring training is here, and that means baseball is finally back. Experts aren’t very high on the Tigers, and for good reason. They traded away just about all of their star players and will rely on some younger guys to produce. I’ve chosen three categories and three players to fit those categories. A sleeper is someone who not many people are keeping an eye on, but could have a solid year. A breakout player is someone that has shown flashes and will put it all together for a full season....

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LOD’s 2018 Top Prospects: Detroit Tigers – Outfielders

The Tigers have seen a lot of outfielders come and go in the past decade or so.   Names like Ryan Rayburn, Andy Dirks, Avisall Garcia, Don Kelly, Brennen Boesch, Tyler Collins, Quintin Berry, Steven Moya, Anthony Gose and others all served their time and many of them have been fun to watch. There were solid Center Fielders like Curtis Granderson (2004-2009) and Austin Jackson (2010-2014) who both came up with the club.  The Tigers made several moves for guys like Delmon Young...

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Tigers thankful for Anibal's wisdom, influence

As Tigers pitchers digested the idea of Anibal Sanchez as a division opponent, having just signed with the Twins, the prevailing sentiment was appreciation for what he meant to them as a teammate. Tigers players have gotten used to goodbyes over the past year, and they knew Sanchez wouldn't be back, but many remain thankful for what he did for them and their careers despite his own challenges.

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2018 BYB Tigers prospect #19: Mark Ecker

The question is how well his fastball will play when he gets there. For a relief prospect, Mark Ecker is one of those rare few who doesn’t feel like a wild card. As he enters his age-23 season, the Texas A&M product is a well-rounded pitcher with good control of his full repertoire. After making a successful transition to the Double-A level in 2017, Ecker requires only a little fine tuning to be major league ready. Background Ecker rose up draft boards after sophomore and junior seasons...

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2018 BYB Tigers prospect #19: Mark Ecker

The question is how well his fastball will play when he gets there.

For a relief prospect, Mark Ecker is one of those rare few who doesn’t feel like a wild card. As he enters his age-23 season, the Texas A&M product is a well-rounded pitcher with good control of his full repertoire. After making a successful transition to the Double-A level in 2017, Ecker requires only a little fine tuning to be major league ready.

Background

Ecker rose up draft boards after sophomore and junior seasons as...

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Tigers renew agreement with Triple-A Toledo

The Tigers and Toledo Mud Hens announced a two-year extension to their player development agreement on Friday, keeping Toledo as Detroit's Triple-A affiliate through at least 2020.

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Twins sign former Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez to one-year deal, report says

The one-year deal is worth $2.5 million with another $2.5 million in incentives, according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman.

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Reports: RHP Sanchez signs deal with Twins

Righthander Anibal Sanchez will join the Minnesota Twins on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports.

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Tigers pitcher Travis Wood nearly lost a finger in a crossbow accident

Travis Wood is hoping to earn a roster spot with the Detroit Tigers. But first, he needs to be healthy enough to catch a baseball.

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Links: Shane Greene named Tigers closer

In perhaps the least surprising move of the offseason, Greene will close games for Detroit this year.

When searching for reasons to watch a mediocre Detroit Tigers team in 2018, it doesn’t take long to get to “hey Shane Greene is pretty good.” Manager Ron Gardenhire has already realized this, and named Greene the team’s closer on Thursday. It was a role Greene thrived in last season, when he converted nine of 10 save opportunities with a 2.49 ERA in August and September.

It also...

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10 things we learned about the Tigers from the 2018 Baseball Prospectus Annual

The biggest thing we learned: the Tigers are not going to be very good. As I’ve mentioned on this site for the past couple years, baseball season doesn’t truly start until I get my hands on the Baseball Prospectus Annual. I’ve ordered the book for several years running now, but only just started using it as a writing device back in 2016. In the past two years, I’ve used the book’s essay on the Detroit Tigers and their player comments to dive into a preview of sorts for the Tigers...

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Rob Rogacki

10 things we learned about the Tigers from the 2018 Baseball Prospectus Annual

The biggest thing we learned: the Tigers are not going to be very good.

As I’ve mentioned on this site for the past couple years, baseball season doesn’t truly start until I get my hands on the Baseball Prospectus Annual. I’ve ordered the book for several years running now, but only just started using it as a writing device back in 2016. In the past two years, I’ve used the book’s essay on the Detroit Tigers and their player comments to dive into a preview of sorts for the Tigers...

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2018 BYB Tigers prospect #20: C Joey Morgan

Whether Morgan becomes more than a bench player will be determined by his bat. Joey Morgan has one of the most interesting stories of any of the Detroit Tigers’ top prospects this season. Coming out of high school in 2014, he was rated the 303rd player in the draft class by Perfect Game and had committed to Oregon. The school had over-recruited catchers, though, and decided that Morgan was the odd man out. He was cut from the team and his athletic scholarship revoked. Fortunately, he has...

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2018 BYB Tigers prospect #20: C Joey Morgan

Whether Morgan becomes more than a bench player will be determined by his bat.

Joey Morgan has one of the most interesting stories of any of the Detroit Tigers’ top prospects this season. Coming out of high school in 2014, he was rated the 303rd player in the draft class by Perfect Game and had committed to Oregon. The school had over-recruited catchers, though, and decided that Morgan was the odd man out. He was cut from the team and his athletic scholarship revoked.

Fortunately, he has...

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