Source: Gardenhire picked as Tigers' manager

Source: Gardenhire picked as Tigers' manager

DETROIT -- Ron Gardenhire tormented the Tigers for years while he managed the Twins through a golden era of success. He's now in line to lead the Tigers through their own Twins-like rebuilding process.

The Tigers have selected Gardenhire to become their next manager, a source confirmed to MLB.com. MLB Network insiders Ken Rosenthal and Jon Heyman first reported the news on Thursday. MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported the two sides agreed to a three-year contract.

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Tigers building up scouting and analytics depts.

Tigers building up scouting and analytics depts.

DETROIT -- The Tigers continue to build up their analytics department to try to catch up with other clubs, but that doesn't mean they're pulling away from traditional scouts. They're actually doing the opposite, building up both ends of their player evaluation system.

It was no coincidence that the Tigers announced the hiring of three analysts at the same time they announced the promotion of Don Kelly to Major League scout and the hiring of longtime scout and Toledo area native Jim Elliott from the Padres. At a time when organizations tend to be labeled as either analytical or traditional, the Tigers are trying to do both as they try to change the way they operate.

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Tigers' Arizona Fall League overview

No. 26 prospect Ravenelle working on consistency in third AFL stint

Tigers' Arizona Fall League overview

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Adam Ravenelle's 2017 season wasn't the campaign he wanted statistically. However, after his professional career was initially slowed down because of injury, the Tigers' No. 26 prospect did manage to stay healthy this season, a feat that was important to his development.

"The biggest thing, just staying healthy this year was huge," Ravenelle said. "It was very reassuring to go back-to-back days and pitch when I was called on and just be healthy."

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Trammell, Parrish to host youth baseball camp

Trammell, Parrish to host youth baseball camp

DETROIT -- Tigers greats Alan Trammell and Lance Parrish will team up to host their eighth annual baseball camp at Wayne State University on Dec. 2-3 at the midtown Detroit school's Matthaei and Multipurpose Indoor Facilities.

The series opens on Saturday, Dec. 2 with a fundamentals camp from 9 a.m. to noon for kids in grades 2-12. The camp focuses on teaching baseball concepts in all phases of the game, including infield, outfield, hitting, baserunning, pitching, catching and strength/conditioning, through college and professional-level drills.

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Avila has company from familiar face in search

Red Sox's Dombrowski seeking new manager at same time as Tigers

Avila has company from familiar face in search

DETROIT -- The last time the Tigers hired a manager, Al Avila and Dave Dombrowski worked together on the search. They will now spend the remainder of October doing their own managerial searches apart.

While the Tigers continue to cast a wide search at a deliberate pace for a field general to lead them through a heavy roster rebuild, the Red Sox joined the list of teams in the market when Dombrowski announced Wednesday that John Farrell will not return. Though Detroit already had competition, Boston presents a different dynamic with Dombrowski leading the search: Two front-office executives who worked together for more than two decades at two different stops, two baseball men who know how each other think and work better than anyone, are now competitors who could be looking for the same person.

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Tigers complete Verlander trade with Astros

Houston receives 18-year-old Minor Leaguer outfielder Ramirez from Detroit

Tigers complete Verlander trade with Astros

DETROIT -- While Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Astros in the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World, the Tigers officially completed the trade that sent him to Houston. Detroit sent Minor League outfielder Juan Ramirez to the Astros late Friday night.

The Tigers traded Verlander to the Astros in the late hours of Aug. 31, in the last moments before players could be dealt and still be eligible for postseason play. Detroit received three of Houston's top 11 prospects in the deal by MLBPipeline.com's rankings in right-hander Franklin Perez, outfielder Daz Cameron and catcher Jake Rogers.

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Stage one of rebuild won't be pretty for Tigers

Detroit needs new manager, pitching depth while trimming payroll

Stage one of rebuild won't be pretty for Tigers

DETROIT -- It's not going to be a pretty 2018 season for the Tigers. General manager Al Avila has already made that clear.

The Tigers are in the early stages of a rebuild with a handful of big contracts still on their payroll, and they'll be paying money to the Astros and Rangers to cover salaries for Justin Verlander and Prince Fielder, respectively. There's still not a lot of room to maneuver, and the Tigers are done playing big in the free-agent market for a while.

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Martinez trade return bearing fruit at instructs

Martinez trade return bearing fruit at instructs

Trades made in and around the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31 are typically Major League focused, at least in terms of evaluating the deal in the short term. The Tigers' trade of J.D. Martinez to the D-backs certainly seems like an Arizona win, even for just a rental, given that he hit 29 home runs in 62 games following the deal, but Detroit is hopeful it will get a solid return in the long term.

The Tigers certainly felt that way after seeing the three players they received in the deal, Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King, participate in instructional league play. After this type of trade, newly acquired prospects are usually sent out to affiliates, and it's at instructs when the player development staff first truly gets a chance to work with these prospects. And the Tigers think they have a lot to work with.

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Prospects use instructs as springboard to AFL

Prospects use instructs as springboard to AFL

For most of the Tigers prospects currently participating in instructional league play, action runs through Saturday in Lakeland. A trio of pitchers, however, used their time as a springboard to more fall baseball.

Spencer Turnbull, Adam Ravenelle and Zac Houston all got work in at instructs to prepare them for the Arizona Fall League, which opened play on Tuesday. And all three looked sharp as they got their work in before heading westward to play for the Mesa Solar Sox.

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Sources: Tigers to interview Fredi, McEwing

Marlins third-base coach, White Sox bench coach among managerial candidates

Sources: Tigers to interview Fredi, McEwing

DETROIT -- Now that the Tigers have talked to their outgoing coaches about the managerial opening, the team is moving ahead with its look at candidates outside the organization. Marlins third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez and White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing will interview for the job this week, according to baseball sources.

Gonzalez will interview with team officials on Thursday, as first reported by The Athletic. The Tigers have not confirmed; general manager Al Avila said Sunday he will not comment on who they interview for the managerial post.

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Tigers' rebuild begins in earnest in 2017

One last run at division title derailed by rash of injuries

Tigers' rebuild begins in earnest in 2017

DETROIT -- The 2017 Tigers might well be remembered as the end of an era for Detroit baseball, a decade of win-now baseball culminating in a team that couldn't win anymore. The season could also go down as the summer the Tigers planted the seeds for their next run of contention.

Either way, it was a summer for one of the biggest transitions the Tigers have faced in 15 years. A business model built around spending big to bring in proven stars shifted to a developmental mode built around procuring and growing prospects into talent for sustainable success.

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Cameron, Perez impressing at instructs

Cameron, Perez impressing at instructs

When teams become sellers and trade away their established big leaguers for prospects, evaluating the return typically takes some time. Even the Astros didn't know what they had in Jeff Bagwell when they got him from the Red Sox in late August 1990.

Houston had to wait until 1991 to see what Bagwell was all about because of how late that deal was consummated and, of course, he was the National League Rookie of the Year. The Tigers will have to be patient as well following their late August deal, ironically with the Astros. Because they didn't send Justin Verlander to Houston until Aug. 31, they barely got a look at right-hander Franklin Perez, outfielder Daz Cameron or catcher Jake Rogers.

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Tigers to select No. 1 overall in 2018 Draft

Tigers to select No. 1 overall in 2018 Draft

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tigers spent last year on the cusp of a postseason berth before falling just short. Thanks to a big hit from an old nemesis, they'll begin their rebuild with the first pick in the 2018 Draft.

Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Twins, combined with the Giants' 5-4 victory over the Padres, left Detroit and San Francisco tied for the worst record in the Majors at 64-98. With the previous season's record as the tiebreaker, Detroit -- a half-game worse than the Giants in 2016 thanks to a September rainout that wasn't made up -- will pick first next June.

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Soto, Gerber named Prospects of the Year

Soto, Gerber named Prospects of the Year

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Gerber has quietly produced offense in the Tigers farm system for four years without much fanfare. Gregory Soto burst out of obscurity this year with a breakout season at Class A West Michigan. They have two different track records, but they share Tigers Prospect of the Year honors from MLB Pipeline.

It's the second end-of-season honor for Soto, who was named Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Year by the club last week.

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Sanchez solid, Presley homers in '17 finale loss

Sanchez solid, Presley homers in '17 finale loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jason Castro backed a strong showing by Bartolo Colon as the Twins defeated the Tigers, 5-1, on Sunday at Target Field in the final game of the regular season. Minnesota, which won 11 of the 19 meetings with Detroit this season, will face the Yankees on Tuesday in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium.

AL Wild Card Game: Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ESPN

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Ausmus pensive about final game as skipper

Manager upholds tradition, hands over Game 162 duties to Kinsler

Ausmus pensive about final game as skipper

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brad Ausmus' first chance at managing a Major League game came with the Dodgers, not the Tigers. Then-manager Joe Torre had a tradition of letting one of his players manage the final game of the season; Ausmus had his chance in both of his seasons as a Dodger.

On Sunday, as Ausmus finished out his Tigers managerial tenure with a 5-1 loss to the Twins, he continued the tradition, handing the lineup card and the responsibilities to veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler.

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Tigers begin managerial search in-house

Tigers begin managerial search in-house

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tigers general manager Al Avila has been on hand for Detroit's final games of the season at Target Field. But he was here with the future in mind.

While the Tigers finished out their 2017 schedule, Avila and vice president of player personnel Scott Bream and assistant GM David Chadd interviewed members of the current coaching staff for the managerial opening.

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Nine for Romine: Tiger plays every position

Superutility player fifth to achieve feat, appreciates ovation by Target Field crowd

Nine for Romine: Tiger plays every position

MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrew Romine has spent four seasons working in relative obscurity as a superutility player on a star-studded Tigers roster. On Saturday, manager Brad Ausmus gave him his day in the spotlight, and pretty much everywhere else on the field.

In the Tigers' 3-2 win over the Twins, Romine became the fifth player in Major League history to play all nine positions in a game, and the first since former Tiger Shane Halter did it on the final day of the 2000 season against the Twins at Comerica Park.

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Tigers top Twins as Romine roams diamond

Tigers top Twins as Romine roams diamond

MINNEAPOLIS -- Andrew Romine played all nine positions and helped the Tigers push past the Twins, 3-2, on Saturday night at Target Field. With the win, Detroit snapped its six-game losing streak to Minnesota.

"Once I got done with the circus that we had going on, I was really just, 'Let's get this save, then we can move on and celebrate.' It was huge to get a W in the process of doing it," Romine said.

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Follow Romine as he plays all nine positions

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Follow Romine as he plays all nine positions

The Tigers are eliminated from postseason contention, but that doesn't mean that utilityman Andrew Romine took it easy over the season's final weekend. Quite the opposite, actually: During Saturday night's game against the Twins, Romine played all nine positions on the diamond. That's right, every single one -- including pitcher.

He's the fifth player in Major League history to pull off the feat, and the first since Shane Halter also did it for Detroit back in 2000. If you weren't able to watch this extraordinary feat of versatility live, though, have no fear: Simply read along as provie an inning-by-inning account of Romine's record-breaking game.

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Castellanos eclipses 100-RBI mark in loss

Home-grown right fielder joins Tigers elite with feat vs. Twins

Castellanos eclipses 100-RBI mark in loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ian Kinsler was waiting at the top of the dugout steps for Nicholas Castellanos to return from his first-inning home run. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus hugged him in the dugout.

"Even [Tigers defensive coordinator] Matt Martin [was] running out of the video room and giving me a hug," Castellanos said.

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Tigers silent after big first frame vs. Twins

Tigers silent after big first frame vs. Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar homered to help the Twins overcome an early deficit in a 6-3 win over the Tigers on Friday at Target Field. The win marked Minnesota's sixth straight against Detroit.

The Tigers, who have not defeated the Twins since Aug. 12, jumped out to a three-run advantage in the top of the first off right-hander Kyle Gibson. Alex Presley delivered an RBI triple and Nicholas Castellanos followed suit with a two-run homer for his 26th long ball of the year.

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Former utility man Kelly hired as Tigers scout

Detroit bolsters baseball operations, expands in analytics

Former utility man Kelly hired as Tigers scout

MINNEAPOLIS -- Don Kelly finally has a full-time position with the Tigers.

After six years in Detroit as a super-utility player and a post-retirement tryout as a scout and instructor, Kelly has been promoted to the Tigers' Major League scouting staff. He was one of three additions to the scouting roster announced Friday as part of a bolstering of Detroit's baseball operations department.

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Castellanos' 2B in 4-run 5th helps foil Royals

Castellanos' 2B in 4-run 5th helps foil Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Nicholas Castellanos delivered a three-run double and the beleaguered Tigers bullpen tossed four innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over the Royals on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris went five innings for the win and pitched to contact, giving up two hits while walking none and striking out one to help snap the club's nine-game losing skid. Manager Brad Ausmus and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand visited Norris on the mound in the fourth inning, but he stayed in the game.

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Norris looking forward to healthier '18 season

Tigers left-hander finishes '17 hampered by groin issue

Norris looking forward to healthier '18 season

KANSAS CITY -- The Tigers entered Thursday having not won a game since Matthew Boyd's no-hit bid 11 days earlier. Left-hander Daniel Norris feels the struggles and wants to do his role, which is partly why he was so insistent on staying in his start against the Royals when manager Brad Ausmus and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand visited the mound in the fourth inning to check on his groin injury.

But there was an individual aspect, too, to Norris' five scoreless innings in a 4-1 win at Kauffman Stadium. He was frustrated that the injury bug had bitten him once again, and Norris wanted to go out on his terms. And that's why he wasn't reveling in helping end the Tigers' nine-game losing streak to ensure they won't suffer a 100-loss season.

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Miggy maps out plan to regain health

Tigers slugger plans to change offseason workouts to heal back

Miggy maps out plan to regain health

KANSAS CITY -- The ceiling of the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium is nondescript, but Miguel Cabrera was making a point by raising his eyes to it when asked if he just wants to put this season behind him.

"Tell me about it," he said, shaking his head. "It's like a nightmare."

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Zimmermann solid, but bullpen lets lead slip

Zimmermann solid, but bullpen lets lead slip

KANSAS CITY -- Paulo Orlando drilled a two-run homer off Tigers reliever Drew VerHagen and the Royals rallied for a 7-4 victory at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night.

Shortstop Alcides Escobar had tripled with one out in the seventh, and with two outs, Orlando blasted a shot that nearly hit the Royals Hall of Fame building in left, traveling a Statcast-projected 412 feet. Escobar also had a two-run double in the eighth.

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Pedro's 17-year-old son inks deal with Tigers

Martinez Jr. plays third base, expresses no desire to pitch

Pedro's 17-year-old son inks deal with Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- The Tigers saw far too much of Pedro Martinez for their liking when the Hall of Famer was a shutdown starter for the Red Sox. The Tigers saw enough in Martinez's son, Pedro Jr., to believe he could be a part of their rebuilding effort for the future.

The Tigers signed the 17-year-old third baseman Wednesday. The deal was announced in his native Dominican Republic, with his parents on hand, along with Tigers international scouting director Tom Moore.

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Stewart, Soto earn Minor League honors

Outfielder, lefty are Player, Pitcher of the Year in Tigers' organization

Stewart, Soto earn Minor League honors

KANSAS CITY -- Christin Stewart's ups and downs at Double-A Erie ended with him posting virtually the same power-packed numbers this season as he did in his breakout 2016 campaign. Gregory Soto's focus on locating his fastball and pitching efficiently set him up for a breakout season at Class A West Michigan.

The respective efforts earned Stewart and Soto postseason honors as the Tigers' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year. Depending on how the Tigers' rebuilt outfield sorts out next spring, it could earn Stewart a spot on Detroit's doorstep next year.

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