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Absolutely solid deal by Avila. Ross was actually quite serviceable last year, posting a 4.15 ERA 149.2 innings. The Cardinals acquired him from the Padres later I the year, and he posted a 2.73 ERA in 26.2 IP. The 31 year old righty will hopefully slot into the rotation, but Moore may get the first shot.
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The Detroit TIgers have been (slightly) active a few months into the offseason. The most recent of moves being the non-tendering of James McCann and Alex Wilson. For those who don't know, the basic meaning of this is granting a player their relesase rather than giving them a year of arbitration. Anyways, the James McCann move was not surpirsing, as the catcher has struggled as an everday backstop. After being statistically one of the worst pitch framers in baseball and posting a -0.5 WAR, the Tigers had enough. He is predicted to hit a mere .220 going into next season. The Tigers being in their currently rebuiilding state believe that bringing in a cheap veteran makes the most sense. Alex Wilson was surprisingly granted release, as the righty has been one of, if not the most reliable bullpen piece for the Tigers over the past 4 years. In 61 innings this year he posted a very solid 3.36 ERA complimented by a 1.2 WAR. He has accumulated over 250 innings in Detroit over the last 4 years while posting a very respectable 3.20 ERA. It comes as a surprise to me because it doesn't hurt to have a pticher you can rely on. This proves important later in the year when the young guys start too get worn down. Unfortunately Avila and Chris Illitch have a mindset that wants frequent paycuts. Either way, Alex Wilson should find a good home as an everyday reliever, and I wish them both the best.
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Matt Moore looks to be (hopefully) the 6th man/swingman going into 2019, as he really doesn't offer much. He's young-ish at 29, but hasn't seen success in a very long time. He was an All-Star once in 2013, going 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA, but has gotten worse since. He led the NL in losses with the Giants at 15 (granted he had a bad offense to back him up) but he posted a 5.52 ERA that year. He followed this up with another dismal season, posting a ludicrous 6.79 ERA through about 100 innings with the Rangers. Now, he is a cost-effective option. But that really shouldn't matter if its a one year deal. Tigers must like him due to them not waiting for other players to be non-tendered Like I said, not much to like, but he's young. I'm frustrated with Al Avila's current offseason approach (basically make no effort to be better) but there's time left.
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I'm thankful for you guys. I'm thankful for the Tigers. And I'm thankful to be back! This page is about to get much, much, better. Stay tuned! Tigers coverage starts back up now
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Alright so, that just happened. Righty Mike Fiers has been dealt to the Oakland Athletics for real this time. The Tigers will recieve 2 PTBNLs, and frankly we can't judge this trade until we know who they are. So for those of you saying, "Avila messed up for not trading Fiers before the deadline" see the facts, because he wasn't able to pull a trade off due to the heavily stacked market. Anyways, Fiers had been solid all year, and Kudos to Avila for signing him in the offseason
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Willi Castro was #8 on the Indians top prospect list. The switch-hitter currently with Double-A Akron is hitting .245/.303/.350 with 27 XBH and 13 SB over 97 games this season. The Tigers had very little infield depth, so the move is phenomenal by Avila. He deals off a player he signed to a one year deal for the possible SS of the future, but only time will tell. To note, Avila could've taken two low-level guys, but decided to go for quality. What a deal by Avila. Kyle Dowdy has been sent to Cleveland as well. He was a very low-level prospect pitcher.
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After another bullpen implosion yesterday, the Tigers made a notable roster move. The Tigers claimed lefty Josh Smoker off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 29 year old struggled in a very small sample size in the bigs, but has been extremely effective in AAA. Smoker has posted a 2.82 ERA in 32 games for the Pittsburgh triple A affiliate. To clear space, the Tigers DFA'd righty Warwick Saupold. Saupold was okay at best in the Bigs. Posting a 4.46 ERA in 34.1 innings of work this year. The more notable struggles were in AAA Toledo, as he had an ERA well over 6. Solid move, especially with the continued struggles of Daniel Stumpf.
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The Detroit Tigers are in rebuilding mode folks, and frankly they need to make small moves to bolster themselves in the future. Look no further than the USPBL in Utica, Michigan. Where the Detroit Tigers have a potential target that throws harder than anyone in their bullpen. Chris Dula is a 25 year old relief pitcher out of Virginia, and was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round of the 2013 MLB draft. The converted college first basemen sat at 93-95 with control issues, but the Rangers failed to develop him mechanically. After months of working in the USPBL and a tough workout schedule over the offseason, the righty bulked up. In 2017 he touched 98, but in 2018 he has constantly sat at 98-99 MPH, touching 101 many times. The righty has allowed 8 hits in 19 innings, with none being extra base hits. His control issues were apparent early on, but they have faded as of late, and he is next to untouchable now. Dula has struck out 30 batters with his plus splitter and slider, but the footage shows his 8 pitch outing from the All-Star Game (There were 8 scouts watching the outing). The Tigers have not sent a scout to the league since the All Star Game, which frankly is ridiculous. The beauty of Independent baseball is the low-risk, high-reward, type of players you have such as Chris Dula. The Royals, Indians, Brewers, and Cubs have all shown interest, but one has yet to jump at the righty. Should the Tigers sign Dula? Let me know below!
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