Ian Kinsler came in at the tail end of the Tigers' dynasty atop the American League Central after he established himself in Texas. He never got to see a Tigers postseason victory, and he ended his tenure at the beginning of a long-term rebuild. But with an All-Star selection, a Gold Glove and a Wilson Defensive Player of the Year honor, he made a major impact in four seasons on the Tigers.
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The Tigers will retire the jersey numbers of newly elected Hall of Famers Alan Trammell and Jack Morris in separate ceremonies in August, the team announced on Thursday.
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Frank Lary, a two-time 20-game winner who was victorious 123 times during parts of 11 seasons with the Tigers, died Wednesday in his hometown of Northport, Ala. He was 87.
The Tigers left the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning further along in their rebuilding project than they were when they checked into Disney's Swan and Dolphin Hotel and Resort on Sunday. It doesn't mean they've lessened the struggles ahead, but by adding to their stockpile of young talent, they've given themselves more options for the future.
The Tigers closed out their active Winter Meetings by selecting outfielder Victor Reyes with the top pick in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.
The yearlong, off-and-on trade saga of Ian Kinsler ended with one real option between familiar trade partners. The Tigers took it, sending their veteran second baseman to the Angels for two prospects on Wednesday night to continue their rebuilding project at the Winter Meetings.
Who do the Tigers have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Detroit's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Ron Gardenhire greeted reporters Wednesday morning at baseball's Winter Meetings, his first media session since being introduced as Tigers manager, with the same humor that made him a media favorite when he managed the Twins.
Gardenhire offers son managerial advice
The Tigers continue to traverse the hallways of Disney's Swan and Dolphin Hotel and Resort with ears open toward trade ideas. Since general manager Al Avila mentioned Monday that they would listen to inquiries on young ace Michael Fulmer, they've had a lot more to hear.
New Era unveiled the new PROLIGHT 59FIFTY that players will be wearing this spring, a fitted cap featuring a new featherweight polyester material that is the lightest on-field fabric in MLB history.
Long before Al Avila ever dreamed of becoming a Major League general manager, he was an assistant baseball coach at tiny St. Thomas University in Miami. He was working under Paul Mainieri, who went on to earn national honors coaching at Notre Dame and LSU, and he was completing his education in one of the nation's few sports administration programs at the time.
Watch Trammell's 'Magnum P.I.' appearance
New Hall of Famers Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were Tigers Draft picks a few rounds apart in 1976. They both arrived in the big leagues a year later and spent the next 14 seasons as teammates in Detroit.
Jack Morris' name hadn't even been announced when the former ace's phone started lighting up with congratulations for his Hall of Fame induction.
Former longtime Tigers teammates, right-hander Jack Morris and shortstop Alan Trammell were named to the Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 by the Modern Era Committee on Sunday.
Before the phone calls that Jack Morris and Alan Trammell had waited a baseball lifetime to receive, there was a closed room, a rectangular table and 16 men discussing, deliberating, debating and after somewhere in the neighborhood of six hours, deciding how to cast their votes in the Baseball Hall of Fame's Modern Era ballot.
Alan Trammell and Jack Morris are about to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, having been selected by the Modern Era Committee, and generations of fans -- some of whom weren't alive for that magical run -- are about to learn a lot about that club and how dominant of a season they had.
Alan Trammell boarded his flight from San Diego to Orlando, Fla., for baseball's Winter Meetings on Sunday as a passenger in coach. His arrival was first class. As Trammell waited to deplane, he received the call from the National Baseball Hall of Fame that he and longtime teammate Jack Morris had been inducted by the Modern Era Committee.
Watch Trammell and Morris in 1984
Jim Leyland saw a little bit of himself in Ron Gardenhire, a scrappy player who had to pay his dues in the Minor Leagues and then coaching in the Majors before earning his chance to manage. Leyland saw how Gardenhire handled his players, got the most out of them, and handled the media. If Gardenhire ever left Minnesota, Leyland believed, he could be a kindred spirit to fans in Detroit.
The Tigers' search for low-risk, high-upside pitching has brought them to a familiar foe, reaching agreement on a one-year deal with former Astros starter Mike Fiers. The club announced the deal on Friday.
Ten years ago this week, the Tigers went to the Winter Meetings in Nashville with all the appearances of a team tying up loose ends, having made big deals earlier in the offseason. Instead, they walked out of the Opryland Hotel and Resort a few days later with Miguel Cabrera.
Nicholas Castellanos' long-term future in the Motor City remains to be seen as the Tigers embark on a multi-year rebuilding project. In the short term, though, he's one of the reasons to keep an eye on Comerica Park.
Working with young players for the two-day camp was also maybe a glimpse of Lance Parrish's next task with the Tigers. After four seasons of managing at Double-A Erie, Tigers player development last month shifted Parrish down the organizational ladder, naming him manager at Class A West Michigan. It was an unexpected move for Parrish, who had been looking to move in the other direction, but it's a move he's embracing.
The Tigers needed a left-handed bat, another center-field option for spacious Comerica Park and a strong baserunner. They addressed all of those needs Tuesday by signing speedy veteran center fielder Leonys Martin to a one-year deal.
For the first time in three years, the top spot on MLBPipeline.com's early Draft Top 50 list is not topped by a high school pitcher. It should come as no surprise that the top guy is still a pitcher, and one from the 2017 College World Series champion Florida Gators. Right-hander Brady Singer, who helped pitch them to that title as a sophomore, is the clear choice as the best overall talent in the 2018 Draft class.
The Tigers non-tendered the contract of right-handed reliever Bruce Rondon, thus avoiding arbitration with him ahead of the 8 p.m. CT deadline on Friday.
Recall Tigers' acquisition of Miggy in 2007
Infielder Dixon Machado spent his first full season in the big leagues as a Tiger without a position. That did not prevent him from making enough of an impact to be named Tigers Rookie of the Year by members of Detroit Sports Media.
The Tigers avoided arbitration with left-hander Blaine Hardy, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract for 2018. Detroit also signed right-handers Kevin Comer and Mark Montgomery, infielder Niko Goodrum and outfielder/first baseman Chad Huffman to Minor League deals with invitations to Major League Spring Training.