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The Detroit Tigers are listening to offers on everyone


It didn’t take long for the Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila to declare that he would listen to offers on anyone on the roster if the deal is right.


  • I like the Tigers. I like the Tigers nucleus as it is. They hung in there until the final day of the season, so they’re a team while not perfect; they’re definitely competitive and at worst probably figure to be a little longer if left alone.
  • Avila said the club would not offer JD Martinez a long-term contract extension, and his current deal in Motown expires after the 2017 season.
  • Justin Verlander and (gasp) Miguel Cabrera are obviously among those who can be sniffed around by the sharks. It’s hard to imagine either of these guys in another uniform, especially Cabrera who is a franchise-defining talent and an inner circle Hall of Famer. He deserves the farewell tour in Detroit that Ortiz just got in Boston. The good thing for those that want to see these two stay put is that they’re 10/5 guys, so they could veto a trade to any team.
  • In a thin free-agent market, guys like Justin Upton, Ian Kinsler, and Victor Martinez could be huge commodities. This is where I would think a slight tweak; if it happens, could be a good thing for the Tigers. If one of those types can yield a high-leverage couple of arms and a B-level prospect, the Tigers probably do it.
  • Buster Olney says the Tigers will make an effort to dump Justin Upton’s salary this offseason. Upton is signed to a massive six-year, $132.75 MM contract.
  • Indications are that the Tigers will not make this a full firesale.

And that’s the basics of what is going on with the Tigers right now. They probably look at their division mates the Cleveland Indians and that payroll and have a little envy and get some ideas about how to start building at the base of their organization again.

Best guess is one or two of these guys go but not Miguel Cabrera. That would just be sacrilegious in so many ways in the game of baseball.  Detroit definitely will be one of the most interesting organizations in the game as we approach the Winter Meetings and trade season.

2014 Detroit Tigers Team Preview


For the 2014 Detroit Tigers Team Preview, we enlisted the services of one of the most devoted baseball fans we know; a huge Tigers fan named Corey. We also know him as ‘Detroit Stars’, one of the most feared Fantasy Baseball managers on the planet. You can follow him on twitter here.

I thought the 2013 Tigers were about to go up 2-0 against the Red Sox in the ALCS.  I thought Game 2 was over they’d take it back to Detroit to clinch the pennant.  I thought Detroit was heading back to the World Series to win their first championship since 1984.  Then David Ortiz put a first pitch 86 mph splitter from Joaquin Benoit over the outstretched glove of Torii Hunter and this iconic image was born.

Almost immediately after this grand slam tied up the game in the 8th inning I knew the season was over.  You could just tell the Red Sox were going to feed off this moment and take control of the series.  I blame it on the fact I was already talking 2-0 with a chance to win the series in Detroit of course, but I’m superstitious like that.  I really liked this Tigers team but their bullpen let them down one too many times and Koji Uehara was lights out.  Anyways, Boston closed the curtain on Detroit in Game 6 and here I am wondering if I will ever see a Tigers World Series championship (they last won the year before I was born, I am the curse).

Enough dwelling on the past though, here is a look ahead at the 2014 Tigers club. Click through the jump for your full Tigers fix.

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Kinsler: “GM Jon Daniels is a Sleazeball”


If you were waiting for that first eye-grabbing, explosive quote-machine interview of the spring, it was rolled out in front of us today courtesy of ESPN the Magazine.

Ian Kinsler didn’t mix any words when talking about his former General Manager in Texas, Jon Daniels.

“Daniels is a sleazeball,” he says. “He got in good with the owners and straight pushed Ryan out. He thought all the things he should get credit for, Ryan got credit for. It’s just ego. Once we went to the World Series, everybody’s ego got huge, except for Nolan’s.”

That’s the quote that we assume has everyone buzzing about. But there’s a different part of this article I want to react to. The part that we want to point out is more along the lines of something we should all be able to relate to – because not everyone in this world hates their boss or superior.

The part of the story that kind of rubbed us the wrong way was Kinsler’s defiance to move to first-base and his reasoning behind it.

In a moment of veteran pride and defiance of youth, Kinsler declared second his domain. “These guys gotta earn it; that’s what I did,” he says. “I was a 17th-round pick, so there was zero coddling. I had to put myself on the prospect map.” In other words: No kid was taking his job.

So wait a second – you’re going to sell to the media that team chemistry and leadership are important qualities to you and on a team – yet you’re going to be an ass about moving positions when it would really benefit the organization to get their top-prospect into his natural position? Something that might benefit them for far longer than you’re going to be in the plans?

Selfish move, in my opinion. It’s an act that absolutely wreaks of insecurity and the same egotistical quality that Kinsler is ripping on Jon Daniels for. Look, we all know what it’s like to be part of some team in our lives. We’re all part of a team every day if you think about it. Whether those teammates are your co-workers, your family members, whatever. Sometimes you have to take a big bite of shit to benefit the greater good of the group. That’s just the way it goes. On this, we have to side with the organization and not the player. They did nothing wrong in asking the guy to move to first base. In fact, it was the right move. ‘De-facto clubhouse leaders’ as Kinsler is called in the article don’t do things like that.

On another note, it seems that he didn’t leave on bad terms with everyone in the Texas organization.

Now, the drama behind him, Kinsler has a chance to step back. “I’ll miss all my teammates,” he says. “I’ll miss Elvis and Beltre, Mitch [Moreland], Matt Harrison and [Ron] Washington.” But the frustration — with his play, with the team, with the organization — is still so raw. “To be honest with you, I hope they go 0-162. I got friends, and I love my friends, but I hope they lose their ass.”

I like the fire that Kinsler seems to have within him, and I admit prior to this I knew little about his personality. But at the same time we don’t think this has a good look to it. “I love them but I hope they die”. Yeah, that doesn’t jive, Ian. If I’m a Tigers player in that clubhouse right now and I catch a few lines of this article, I’m wondering if my squad just gained an entirely new brand of asshole.

2013 Texas Rangers Team Preview

Ahhh…good ol’ Texas.  More like a country than a state.  If there was one state that I would money on to secede, it would be Texas.  (unless we sell Alaska to China for some futures in raw bamboo)  The Rangers spent 2010 and 2011 losing in the World Series, but couldn’t manage to make it back for a third time.  Any many thought they would the way they opened up the 2012 season.  But let’s be honest, they were just heading toward Buffalo Bills territory.

Let’s take a closer look at the Rangers.

Major Off-Season Moves:

  • Signed Joakim Soria, a reliever who’s arm is possibly still messed up.
  • Signed A. J. Pierzynski, who may not have any knee cartilage left after years of playing catcher

The Rangers off-season was mainly defined by what they didn’t do.  They didn’t resign aging but still super star Josh Hamilton – instead letting him go to the rival LA Angels. Then, they were unable to replace him with Justin Upton after rumored trade after rumored trade fell through.  Who really knows how close they were to getting Upton.  But we do know they are a less talented team than they were a year ago.








Now on to who is going to take the field this year.

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