Ausmus doesn't expect many moves for Tigers

Ausmus doesn't expect many moves for Tigers

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Brad Ausmus did not sound like a manager facing a rebuilding task as he took his spot in front of the cameras at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday. Instead, the Tigers skipper is planning for 2017 with the team he has now.

"I don't think there's going to be a ton of change," he said from the media room at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. "It's so much easier to talk about trading people, and a lot [tougher] to actually trade them, especially when you're talking about guys that have some sizable contracts. Some of them have no-trade clauses.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers lefty Wilson generating trade buzz

Detroit acquired reliever last offseason from Yankees

Tigers lefty Wilson generating trade buzz

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Tigers came to baseball's Winter Meetings with veteran names in play for trades. Justin Wilson wasn't expected to join them. But with a day and a half to go before teams return home for the holidays, the lefty reliever might be the most attractive Detroit pitcher on the market.

While Wilson has generated buzz around the lobby of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, maybe more than outfielder J.D. Martinez, Tigers general manager Al Avila said Wilson has drawn the highest level of interest among their non-closing relievers.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Verlander's status unchanged by Sale trade

Tigers not expected to deal ace as cost-cutting move

Verlander's status unchanged by Sale trade

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Chris Sale trade has a big impact on the Tigers in terms of their division competition. Fittingly, it happened on a day when manager Brad Ausmus said he'd like his team to strike out less in 2017.

But if anybody thought Sale's trade to Boston could impact the trade market for another American League Central ace, general manager Al Avila indicated Justin Verlander probably won't see any effect.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers doing their part in auction to honor Forde

Tigers doing their part in auction to honor Forde

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Tigers will auction off game tickets and a tour of the Ernie Harwell Media Center at Comerica Park as part of Major League Baseball's effort to raise money for a renovated field in honor of the late Shannon Forde.

Shannon Forde Field will honor the memory of the former New York Mets public relations executive, who passed away earlier this year after a long battle with cancer. The renovations will update the field across from Forde's childhood home in Little Ferry, N.J., adding dugouts, protective fencing, benches, bleachers, a backstop and a scoreboard, making it a full-fledged home for youth baseball and softball games.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Avila: Tigers don't have to shed salaries

Avila: Tigers don't have to shed salaries

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Change is coming to the Tigers -- eventually.

General manager Al Avila proclaimed the change in October and reinforced it on Monday as baseball's Winter Meetings began with Detroit as a potential seller and a suddenly thrifty spender. But change, Avila argued, might come slower than expected.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vizquel ready to lead star-studded Venezuela

Cabrera, Altuve among players expected to suit up for World Baseball Classic

Vizquel ready to lead star-studded Venezuela

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Omar Vizquel and Carlos Guillen are two former Major League shortstops who were nearly traded for each other 13 years ago. But the Mariners and Indians couldn't resolve their differences after Vizquel's failed physical, nullifying their deal.

It's a fitting memory, given the disagreements last week that nearly scuttled their partnership as manager and general manager for Venezuela's entry in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Yet as they sat together for a media session Monday at baseball's Winter Meetings, they characterized the week-long dispute and rally by players to support Vizquel as a misunderstanding that they had put behind them.

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Jason Beck has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miggy commits to World Baseball Classic

Miggy commits to World Baseball Classic

With the World Baseball Classic just a few months away, the rosters are beginning to take shape. More names surfaced Monday as the World Baseball Classic released an initial list of 30 players who are confirmed to be participating in the 2017 tournament.

Spanning 16 countries, the players include 24 Major League All-Stars, but the upcoming WBC, which will take place in March, provides a global stage for veterans and rising stars alike.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jones on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Selected by AFL managers and coaches, the team recognizes 24 players who stood out

Jones on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

The 2016 Arizona Fall League came to an end on Nov. 19, when the Mesa Solar Sox, powered by a two-homer, 4-for-4 performance from Cubs top prospect Ian Happ, defeated the Surprise Saguaros, 6-1, in the championship game at Scottsdale Stadium.

Since then, MLBPipeline.com has broken down this year's impressive contingent of Fall League participants in different ways, highlighting the circuit's top performers and breakout prospects and even constructing an All-AFL Team.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miggy open to trade but wants to stay in Detroit

Tigers will listen to offers for star players at Winter Meetings

Miggy open to trade but wants to stay in Detroit

DETROIT -- Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera told Venezuelan reporters on Saturday that he would like to remain with the club, but he would not stand in the way of a trade if it benefits both sides.

As the Tigers listen to trade interest in all of their veteran players heading into the Winter Meetings starting on Monday just outside Washington, D.C., Cabrera's comments are his first on the possibility of being traded since general manager Al Avila said the club will look to pare down payroll this offseason and would entertain trade offers to get there.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers tender offers to all six eligible players

Tigers tender offers to all six eligible players

DETROIT -- The Tigers' quest to pare back payroll below luxury-tax levels did not affect their arbitration decisions. All six arbitration-eligible Tigers -- shortstop Jose Iglesias, third baseman Nick Castellanos, utility man Andrew Romine and relievers Justin Wilson, Alex Wilson and Bruce Rondon -- were tendered contracts for 2017.

Most of the decisions were fairly easy. While Rondon and the two Wilsons were significant setup pieces in the Tigers' bullpen, Castellanos and Iglesias formed an improving left side of the Detroit infield. The one player with any hint of suspense was Romine, who played every position but catcher in 2016 as a super utility player. MLB Trade Rumors projects him to make around $1.2 million in arbitration in 2017.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

V-Mart's intriguing bat drawing interest

Tigers veteran would have to approve any trade as a player with 10-and-5 rights

V-Mart's intriguing bat drawing interest

DETROIT -- Victor Martinez sat at the podium at Comerica Park two years ago and talked emotionally about what it meant to remain a Tiger. Directly to his left was Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, who talked about a vow to take care of him for what he did in their run to a fourth consecutive division title in 2014. There was sentiment behind the four-year extension they agreed upon, even as Martinez's age loomed.

It seems further in the past, almost a distant memory. And as the Tigers look to pare payroll at next week's Winter Meetings, Martinez joins teammates J.D. Martinez, Ian Kinsler, Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera in baseball's Hot Stove rumor mill.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trade market for J.D. Martinez could shift

With Cespedes staying in New York, outfielder may become more appealing

Trade market for J.D. Martinez could shift

DETROIT -- No sooner had J.D. Martinez been reported as a potential alternative in right field for the Mets than New Yotk re-signed its top option. Now, with Yoenis Cespedes staying in New York on a four-year extension worth a reported $110 million, we're about to find out how many other teams have Martinez as an alternative.

The result could be the next step toward the Tigers' plan to pare down their payroll this offseason.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Jim Callis

The Next Big Leaguers: Tigers' Jones

A team-by-team look at future key contributors who starred in the 2016 Arizona Fall League

The Next Big Leaguers: Tigers' Jones

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

We could have spotlighted many more promising prospects if not limited by time constraints, and below we'll do exactly that.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers eager to reach out to those in need

Club's employees prepare meals for local community; Fulmer a draw at Fantasy Camp

Tigers eager to reach out to those in need

DETROIT -- As the holiday season approaches, the Tigers wrap up the year with plenty to be thankful for, on and off the field.

Tigers employees took a day away from work last week to give back to their community, volunteering to help pack and prepare meals for needy families at Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park in what has become an annual tradition. Next week, many Tigers front-office folks will continue another tradition of treating local children and teens to a holiday feast and Christmas shopping spree.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers expected to address bullpen internally

With teams paying up for middle/setup relievers, Detroit to build from within

Tigers expected to address bullpen internally

DETROIT -- Brett Cecil, owner of 11 career saves, will make $7.75 million in each of the next three seasons on the four-year, $30.5 million contract he signed with the Cardinals on Monday. Francisco Rodriguez, if he isn't traded, is set to be the highest-paid member of the Tigers' bullpen with a $6 million salary for 2017, depending on what Detroit does with starters Anibal Sanchez and Mike Pelfrey.

That comparison says a lot about where the Tigers and the bullpen market are headed. They're not going in the same direction.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pudge lands on HOF ballot for first time

14-time All-Star catcher won 7 Silver Sluggers, 13 Gold Gloves

Pudge lands on HOF ballot for first time

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers played in the 1999 Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown, N.Y., and they were given a private tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum the night before.

Ivan Rodriguez remembers the night well.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Key players from Tigers renaissance up for HOF

Pudge, Magglio and Guillen make ballot debuts

Key players from Tigers renaissance up for HOF

DETROIT -- Thirteen years ago around this time, Tigers owner Mike Ilitch talked with the media in the back of the Tiger Club at Comerica Park about spending what it takes to bring in talent and revive the franchise. The players that followed are now being judged for their place in history.

It's fitting that as baseball ponders whether the Tigers' decade-long window of contention has closed, the key figures that first opened it are now up for Hall of Fame consideration. Ivan Rodriguez, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen all appear on the Hall's ballot for the first time as it arrives to eligible members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers add prospect Baez to 40-man roster

Righty protected from December's Rule 5 Draft

Tigers add prospect Baez to 40-man roster

DETROIT -- While the Tigers try to turn their focus on their farm system and build around youth, they added Class A West Michigan right-hander Sandy Baez to their 40-man roster Friday to protect him from next month's Rule 5 Draft.

It was one of the few decisions the Tigers had to make with adding prospects to their roster. None of Detroit's top 10 prospects according to MLBPipeline.com's rankings have enough time in the Minor Leagues to be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, including future closer Joe Jimenez (No. 5). The highest-ranked eligible prospect is left-hander Kevin Ziomek (No. 11), who pitched in one game for Class A Advanced Lakeland before undergoing season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in his shoulder.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Romine wins Tigers' Tenth Man Award

Super-utility player played every position except catcher in 2016

Romine wins Tigers' Tenth Man Award

DETROIT -- Andrew Romine, who played every position but catcher this season as the Tigers' super-utility player, has been selected as the winner for the 2016 Bill McAdam Tenth Man Award by the Detroit Baseball Society.

Romine will receive the award at the annual Detroit Baseball Dinner, set for Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. ET at the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers to unveil new spring park Feb. 23

Detroit announces exhibition schedule, which opens vs. Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla.

Tigers to unveil new spring park Feb. 23

DETROIT -- The Tigers will open their remodeled Spring Training home this coming February with their 81st camp at TigerTown in Lakeland, Fla., beginning with a Feb. 23 exhibition against Florida Southern College.

The team announced its Spring Training slate on Thursday as it prepares to move into its renovated facility, now known as Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. The $40 million project, which began as soon as last Spring Training ended, is expected to be complete by the time pitchers and catchers report in early February.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Former Tigers 'mates take home Cy Young Awards

Porcello wins with Red Sox, Scherzer with Nationals; Verlander runner-up

Former Tigers 'mates take home Cy Young Awards

DETROIT -- Jim Leyland watched the Cy Young Award announcement on MLB Network from his home in Pittsburgh. Justin Verlander checked into the show from his vacation in Italy. Max Scherzer was on video from a boat off the Virgin Islands, where he was on a scuba diving trip. Rick Porcello was at home with family.

For one night, the current and former Tigers were all linked again. It wasn't a happy reunion for all, given the voting results of Porcello's win over Verlander, but with two Cy Young Awards and a runner-up finish, Wednesday was another reminder of the gifted rotation Detroit had for five years.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Roger Schlueter

Stats of the Day: Miggy's HOF company

Where does Cabrera rank with the likes of Musial, Griffey Jr.?

Stats of the Day: Miggy's HOF company

Both Stan Musial and Ken Griffey Jr. were born on Nov. 21. Miguel Cabrera was not. But in honor of the two birthday boys, Cabrera's extraordinary place among the very best batters is being framed here, through the lens of his proximity to the two inner circle Hall of Famers born on this date.

• Among all players through their age-33 seasons, Cabrera places just ahead of Musial in extra-base hits (986 to 952). Griffey had 899. Cabrera's 986 rank sixth, Musial's seventh and Griffey's 13th.

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Roger Schlueter is a statistical researcher and writes for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Verlander finishes close second in Cy Young vote

Verlander finishes close second in Cy Young vote

DETROIT -- For the second time in five years, Justin Verlander lost a close vote for the American League Cy Young Award. This time, he finished second to a former teammate. Boston's Rick Porcello, part of Detroit's rotation from 2009 through 2014, won by one of the smallest margins in history despite Verlander receiving more first-place votes.

Verlander received 14 of 30 first-place votes by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Wednesday. Porcello received eight, but made up the gap with 18 second-place votes compared with two for Verlander. It marked the third time in history and first in the AL that a pitcher won the Cy Young Award without receiving the most first-place votes.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tigers, Giants could partner for J.D. deal

Detroit is looking to trim payroll, San Francisco needs production in left field

Tigers, Giants could partner for J.D. deal

DETROIT -- The Tigers are looking to trim payroll, with right fielder J.D. Martinez among their prime candidates for a trade. The Giants are looking for a corner outfielder and an offensive boost with Angel Pagan on the free-agent market. As baseball's Hot Stove season heats up, there's an opportunity for a match.

Among the many conversations last week at Major League Baseball's General Managers Meetings, the Tigers and Giants had conversations exploring a potential Martinez swap, MLB Network insider and MLB.com columnist Jon Morosi reported Tuesday.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fulmer rolls to Tigers' 5th AL ROY Award

Pitcher nets 26 of 30 first-place votes from BBWAA

Fulmer rolls to Tigers' 5th AL ROY Award

DETROIT -- Michael Fulmer turned to Justin Verlander and other Tigers veterans for advice to help him simply survive his rookie season. When it became clear he could do more than that, he didn't need to ask them what it would mean to win American League Rookie of the Year honors.

"Talking with Justin and all the veteran guys, I knew what a big deal this is," Fulmer said after winning the award from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. "I'm really happy to win this award."

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

AL ROY Michael Fulmer owes Justin Verlander dinner

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AL ROY Michael Fulmer owes Justin Verlander dinner

On Monday, MLB announced that Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer are the National and American League Rookies of the Year, respectively, as voted upon by the BBWAA. 

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MLB.com Columnist

Richard Justice

Rookie monsters: Three worthy of Award

Seager obvious choice in NL, but Sanchez's surge could have unseated Fulmer

Rookie monsters: Three worthy of Award

There's no arguing with either Rookie of the Year Award winner: Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager or Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer. With one of them, there really was no argument against him. With the other, well, we'll get to Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez later.

First, Seager. He wasn't just the National League's dominant rookie in 2016. He was one of its dominant overall players.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.