It’s as if someone scripted an Opening Day ballgame that would ultimately leave Tigers fans satisfied, but not before playing on every fear and paranoia and narrative that has been pounded into their collective brains over the past few years. That’s what it felt like. The offense is going to be good. It all seemed […]
We continue with our season preview by pivoting to the Tigers infield. I’m including Victor Martinez in this mess, because, well, I have to.
So, how you been? I’m definitely sensing more optimism in 2016 with regards to the Detroit Tigers than I did this time last year. Maybe it’s because Jordan Zimmermann is a significantly superior pitching headliner than Alfredo Simon was as far as offseason acquisitions go. Maybe it’s because I, and most people, feel that Justin […]
As you’re reading this, free agency is open and the Detroit Tigers have the opportunity to fix the mess of a roster that they ended the season with. With what is expected to be a busy offseason kicking off in full force tonight, let’s take a look at what the Tigers have and what they […]
Miguel Cabrera is set for life now. The Tigers rewarded his otherworldly offensive prowess with an eight year extension that will pay him over $30 million a year, a total of $248 million through 2023. Essentially, with the next two years of his existing deal added on, he’ll be making $292 million over the next […]
Victor Martinez | Designated Hitter | #41 Age: 35 2014 salary: $12 million 2013 statistics: .301/.355/.430, 14 HR, 36 2B, 0 3B, 0 SB, 54 BB, 62 K Projected role: Designated hitter, occasional first baseman, even more occasional catcher Victor Martinez’s worst case scenario appeared a reality last June 28, when he went 0-for-4 against Tampa Bay to drop […]
Luke Putkonen | Pitcher | #39 Age: 27 2014 salary: Pre-arbitration 2013 statistics: 3.03 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 29.2 IP, 4 HR, 9 BB, 28 K, 2.73 BB/9, 8.49 K/9 Projected role: Bullpen/Toledo The Least Interesting Man in the Bullpen (or the Finnish Flamethrower) actually had a halfway decent time of it with Detroit in 2013, small sample size caveats […]
Max Scherzer | Pitcher | #37 Age: 29 2014 salary: $15.5 million 2013 statistics: 2.90 ERA, 2.74 FIP, 214.1 IP, 18 HR, 56 BB, 240 K, 2.35 BB/9, 10.08 K/9 Projected role: Rotation Max Scherzer tantalized everyone for years with his unmissable talent, but it was 2013 where he finally got it all together and posted the numbers many […]
Joe Nathan | Pitcher | #36 Age: 39 2014 salary: $9 million 2013 statistics: 1.39 ERA, 2.26 FIP, 64.2 IP, 2 HR, 22 BB, 73 K, 3.06 BB/9, 10.16 K/9 Projected role: Closer Putting aside for a moment that spending $20 million on a 39-year-old closer probably isn’t the best investment in the world, if Joe Nathan is his […]
Anibal Sanchez | Pitcher | #19 Age: 30 2014 salary: $15.8 million 2013 statistics: 2.57 ERA, 2.39 FIP, 182 IP, 9 HR, 54 BB, 202 K, 2.67 BB/9, 9.99 K/9 Projected role: Rotation First, in a very happy coincidence, today just happens to be Anibal Sanchez’s 30th birthday, so happy birthday to him. If he’s reading this. Which he […]
Jim Leyland has resigned as manager of the Detroit Tigers today.