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Tigers Closer Says He Had Zika Virus During Offseason

Francisco Rodriguez a closer for the Detroit Tigers is someone who experienced firsthand the effects of the Zika virus. He says he would tell those athletes traveling to the Rio Olympics to do their homework. Rodriguez is a Caracas, Venezuela native who contracted Zika during the offseason and learned how serious it can be. He said he was laid up for at least two weeks with severe body aches, headaches, joint pain and a number of other virus symptoms. Considering that the effects of this illness can be more devastating for females, especially those... 
 

Tigers Trade David Price to Blue Jays

Just a couple days after landing star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, the Toronto Blue Jays have come away with the top pitcher on the market, David Price. The Dodgers, Giants and Yankees also showed strong interest in Price.  Blue Jays prospect Daniel Morris will be heading back to the Tigers likely with outfielder Anthony Alford.  the deal is contingent on the players involved passing  physicals, as always. Just yesterday, general manager Dave Dombrowski said he told multiple teams Wednesday afternoon that the Detroit Tigers will listen on... 
 

Tigers Miguel Cabrera to the DL for the First Time in Career

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus saw slugger Miguel Cabrera leave last night’s game with a left calf strain suffered while running the bases and knew it was not going to be good news after the game. He was right. The Tigers placed the veteran Cabrera on the 15 day DL, marking the first time he has ever been on the disabled list in his career according to MLB.com ”I’m not optimistic at all,” Ausmus said afterwards. ”When Miggy says he can’t play, it is serious, because Miggy plays through everything.” The... 
 

Washington Nationals on the Rise, Detroit Tigers Window Closing?

The Washington Nationals have their man, Max Scherzer.  Scott Boras has done it again.  Just when you thought Scherzer was going to be cooling his heels while everyone else was reporting to spring training, he signed a contract with a deferd cash deal that makes everyone happy.  Scherzer got his cash he was looking for and the Nats become even better while not blowing up their bank accounts right now.  Vegas has spoken and moved the Nats to the odds on favorite to win the 2015 World Series. With the signing of Scherzer they have a horse they... 
 

Tigers Acquire Alfredo Simon from Reds

The Detroit Tigers have acquired pitcher Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for shortstop Eugenio Suarez and pitching prospect Jonathan Crawford, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. It’s the second trade the Tigers have made today. Earlier they sent Rick Porcello to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Simon, a veteran right-hander, made a career-high 32 starts for the Reds last season. Prior to that he pitched in their bullpen. In 2010, he served as the closer for the Baltimore Orioles, notching... 
 

Red Sox, Tigers swap Yoenis Cespedes, Rick Porcello

Boston’s rotation reconstruction continued Thursday morning. The Red Sox acquired 25-year-old right-hander Rick Porcello from the Detroit Tigers for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, right-handed reliever Alex Wilson and a minor leaguer, according to multiple media reports. The 29-year-old Cespedes was traded to Boston at last July’s deadline in the transaction that sent Jon Lester to Oakland. At the time, the A’s were one of the best teams in baseball, but subtracting the Cuban-born slugger from their lineup proved detrimental. Cespedes... 
 

MLB Free Agent Profile: Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer is the prize of the free agent market. The right-hander is likely to secure the biggest contract awarded this offseason. He turned down a big contract extension offer by the Detroit Tigers and after having another excellent year on the mound, he’s going to turn out a winner on that gamble. The 30 year-old Scherzer has spent the last five seasons with the Tigers after being acquired in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In those five seasons, he’s produced 22.9 fWAR, which ranks 6th in the major leagues. Scherzer has... 
 

Orioles Use Eight Run Eighth to Pull Away from Tigers

The Baltimore Orioles downed the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards in the first game of the ALDS. A solid outing from Chris Tillman, four good innings from the bullpen, key home runs from Nelson Cruz and J.J. Hardy and a huge 8th inning led to a 12-3 victory. Cruz started the scoring with a two run shot against Tigers starter Max Scherzer. Leadoff hitter Nick Markakis singled, and Alejandro de Aza was hit by a pitch. After Adam Jones bounced into a double play, Cruz blasted a first-pitch heater over the center field fence. That lead wouldn’t... 
 

Detroit Tigers Victor Martinez’ Fantastic Season

The Detroit Tigers have endured several bumps in the road during the 2014 season. Nevertheless, they have a one game lead on the Kansas City Royals with six games remaining, and are virtually assured of at least a wild card berth. Designated hitter Victor Martinez has been a rock in the middle of their lineup. After an unimpressive 2013 season, Martinez has turned in one of the top offensive seasons of 2014. Martinez was signed to a four year deal worth $50 million in the 2010 offseason. His power numbers took a hit in his first year in Detroit,... 
 

Ian Kinsler Proving to be Key Acquisition for Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers currently enjoy a 1.5 game lead on the Kansas City Royals in the American League Central. With just 13 games remaining, the Tigers odds of winning the division sit at 75 percent, and they are virtually assured of a playoff spot. Though they endured an extended rough patch, this team should be dangerous in the playoffs. The Tigers have plenty of star power. Their pitching staff features Max Scherzer, David Price, Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello. Meanwhile on the other side of the ball they have the slugging Miguel Cabrera... 
 

Rick Porcello Is Helping to Stabilize a Detroit Tigers Rotation in Flux

Thanks to a post All-Star break skid and a surge by the Kansas City Royals, the Detroit Tigers playoff odds are in jeopardy. Their rotation is missing Anibal Sanchez and Justin Verlander only just returned from the disabled list. As a consequence, rookies Robbie Ray and Buck Farmer have been thrust into starting duty. One rotation member who has helped keep the Tigers‘ heads above water is Rick Porcello. Despite being in the midst of his 6th big league season, Porcello is just 25 years of age. Prior to this season, his lowest ERA was 3.96,... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Tigers Interested in Ian Kennedy or Joaquin Benoit

The San Diego Padres moved third baseman Chase Headley and closer Huston Street prior to the July 31 trade deadline. Still, they declined to move two key pieces in Ian Kennedy and Joaquin Benoit, both of whom were in high demand. With the recent hiring of A.J. Preller as the General Manager, an August trade could be in order. It figures to be at least a couple years before the Padres will be in a position to contend, and Benoit and Kennedy become free agents after the 2015 season. The Padres picked up Kennedy from the Arizona Diamondbacks at... 
 

Rangers Trade Joakim Soria to Tigers For Prospects

The Detroit Tigers have reached an agreement with the Texas Rangers that will send Joakim Soria to the Tigers in exchange for prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Kyle Bogenschutz was first to report the news on Twitter. The trade is pending physicals of all players involved. Thompson and Knebel were rated among Detroit’s ten best prospects coming into the year per Baseball America. The 30-year-old Soria is 16-for-17 in save chances this year and carries a 2.67 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 30 1/3 innings. Joe Nathan the current... 
 

MLB News: Seven Extension Candidates Before Season Starts

With Spring Training mercifully around the corner, it’s that time of the year when teams start negotiating contract extensions. Clayton Kershaw started off the extension season with a deal that guarantees him $215 million, and the Atlanta Braves recently agreed on a lucrative deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman that will keep him under team control through his age-31 season while guaranteeing him approximately $100 million of new money. Here are some players that are good candidates for contract extensions before the season begins.  Max... 
 

Tigers Banking on Pitching Talent from 2013 MLB Draft Going Forward

The Detroit Tigers have made their fair share of deals to address pitching this winter. After trading starter Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals, inking closer Joe Nathan to a two-year deal, adding former Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain, the Tigers also made sure other teams knew that 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer was available for the right deal, in one of this winters biggest head scratchers. All those moves notwithstanding we need only to look the 2013 MLB Draft to see that the Tigers may have had a plan all along. The Tigers... 
 
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