Breaking down potential returns for Kinsler trade

Tigers seeking prospects with impact bats for veteran second baseman

Breaking down potential returns for Kinsler trade

DETROIT -- The Tigers have been entertaining trade talks with teams for Ian Kinsler on and off since last fall. In that time, they've traded Justin Verlander, Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, Justin Wilson and Alex Avila, all for prospects.

With the Tigers' rebuilding project now well underway and Kinsler entering the final year of his contract, it now appears it's his turn to go. What a deal could do for Detroit's rebuild depends on where he goes.

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Tigers add prospect Gerber, sign Carpenter

Greiner, Alcantara also placed on club's 40-man roster

Tigers add prospect Gerber, sign Carpenter

DETROIT -- The Tigers spent much of the offseason so far clearing out space on their 40-man roster. Monday was the day for them to stock it up again, adding prospects to protect from the Rule 5 Draft ahead of an 8 p.m. ET deadline.

The club purchased the contracts of catcher Grayson Greiner, shortstop Sergio Alcantara, outfielder Mike Gerber, left-hander Gregory Soto and right-handers Gerson Moreno, Spencer Turnbull and Eduardo Jimenez. The Tigers also signed free-agent left-hander Ryan Carpenter to a one-year Major League deal.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Sources: Tigers talk Kinsler with Halos, Mets

Four-time All-Star 2B has one year left on contract

Sources: Tigers talk Kinsler with Halos, Mets

After trading Justin Verlander and Justin Upton on Aug. 31, Tigers general manager Al Avila reiterated to MLB Network last week that his team remains in "full rebuild" mode.

The Tigers' next step could be dealing Ian Kinsler.

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Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network. He has also covered baseball for FOX Sports, the Detroit Free Press, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sheffield among ex-Tigers seeking spot in Hall

Vizquel, Damon and Huff also on ballot; results announced Jan. 24

Sheffield among ex-Tigers seeking spot in Hall

DETROIT -- While Alan Trammell awaits his Hall of Fame fate with the Modern Era Baseball committee next month, former Tigers Gary Sheffield, Johnny Damon and Aubrey Huff are among the eligible players on the traditional Hall of Fame ballot that eligible voters from the Baseball Writers' Association of America will consider.

Omar Vizquel, who served as Tigers first-base coach the past four seasons following a 24-year career as a Major League shortstop, is also on the ballot, which was released Monday. A candidate must receive 75 percent of the vote from BBWAA members to gain election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Results will be announced Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

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Tigers looking for lefty bats to balance lineup

Righty-heavy batting order leaves Detroit vulnerable against right-handed pitchers

Tigers looking for lefty bats to balance lineup

DETROIT -- The Tigers have evolved from fielding a young lineup to a veteran lineup to now a rebuilding lineup. Through that whole time, they have had a heavily right-handed hitting lineup.

Thus, as general manager Al Avila heads into the heart of the Hot Stove season looking for help for a revamped roster and a new approach, part of his search should sound familiar.

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Tigers' plan is to stock up on pitching

Avila hopes to add multiple starters this offseason

Tigers' plan is to stock up on pitching

This is the time of year when former Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski had an oft-repeated phrase: You can never have enough pitching. These days, his former assistant and current Tigers GM Al Avila is repeating it.

"You can never have enough pitching," Avila told reporters at the GM Meetings in Orlando, Fla., this week. "If I have 20 pitchers and I can get 21, I'm going to get 21. That's kind of the way we'll be going about it."

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Mientkiewicz named Tigers' Triple-A skipper

Toledo native has long history with new Detroit manager Gardenhire

Mientkiewicz named Tigers' Triple-A skipper

DETROIT -- The Tigers are turning to a Toledo native and a Ron Gardenhire product to manage their Triple-A squad in the Glass City. Doug Mientkiewicz, who roughed up Tigers pitching as a Twins first baseman as part of a 12-year Major League career, is the new manager of the Mud Hens.

The hire was officially announced on Thursday, completing a round of Minor League managerial moves that began last week. Andrew Graham will manage Double-A Erie after a year at Class A Advanced Lakeland, while former Tigers catcher Mike Rabelo was promoted from Class A West Michigan to Lakeland. Lance Parrish, who managed at Erie for the past four years, will manage at West Michigan. Gerald Laird returns to Class A Short-Season Connecticut.

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Tigers' decisions blend analytics, scouting

Avila says both sides merge into one list for roster moves

Tigers' decisions blend analytics, scouting

The words of caution from general manager Al Avila echoed in his hotel suite at the Winter Meetings two years ago, when he announced the Tigers had signed free agent Mike Pelfrey to a two-year contract.

"Our analytics guys, hey, I'm not going to throw them under the bus, because this is not an analytical signing by any means," Avila said at the time, absolving his newly formed analytics department from whatever might follow. "This is a scout signing. We felt the ability is still there."

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Avila expects Miggy's new routine to pay off

Tigers slugger strengthening core to alleviate back issues

Avila expects Miggy's new routine to pay off

Before Miguel Cabrera, there was Ivan Rodriguez. Before Rodriguez, there was Vladimir Guerrero.

Though Guerrero never played for the Tigers, he's the player that general manager Al Avila keeps citing when talking about Cabrera's back issues and their potential impact on his career. Guerrero spent time on the disabled list with a herniated disc in his back as a 28-year-old in 2003 before playing eight more 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 Facebook. Mark Bowman, a reporter for MLB.com since 2001, contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

TigerFest tickets go on sale Friday

TigerFest tickets go on sale Friday

DETROIT -- As winter approaches, the Tigers' reminder that it doesn't last forever is set. TigerFest, the annual offseason fan celebration and season lookahead, is set for Saturday, Jan. 27, at Comerica Park.

Tickets for TigerFest go on sale Friday beginning at 10 a.m. ET at tigers.com/tigerfest and by phone at 866-66-TIGER. Tickets are $29 for adults and $15 for kids ages 12 and under.

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Simcox delivers, clinches spot in AFL title game

Simcox delivers, clinches spot in AFL title game

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- With a pair of RBI doubles in the sixth and eighth innings, A.J. Simcox helped the Mesa Solar Sox come away with a win and the East division title on Wednesday at Surprise Stadium.

The Solar Sox improved their record to 16-12-1 with a 5-2 win over Surprise and will play at Scottsdale Stadium in the Arizona Fall League Championship Game at 3:08 p.m. ET on Saturday.

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Tigers talk Kinsler trade at GM Meetings

Team continues to explore market for star second baseman

Tigers talk Kinsler trade at GM Meetings

The Tigers' front office arrived at Major League Baseball's General Manager Meetings ready to continue the trade talks that reshaped the roster over the summer. At this point, however, general manager Al Avila said they're still in discussion mode.

As expected, a good portion of that talk revolved around second baseman Ian Kinsler.

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J-Up earns prestigious Tiger of Year award

Castellanos, Fulmer, Kinsler also receive first-place votes

J-Up earns prestigious Tiger of Year award

DETROIT -- Justin Upton is no longer with the Tigers, but he did more for the club than any other player while he was here. The All-Star outfielder, who was traded to the Angels with a month to go in the 2017 regular season, was voted Tiger of the Year by members of the Detroit chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Upton is the first player to win the award without finishing the season with the team. BBWAA members have been voting for Tiger of the Year since 1965. He received 15 of 26 first-place votes. Nicholas Castellanos received seven first-place votes, with Michael Fulmer and Ian Kinsler receiving two each.

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Norris on Halladay convo: 'I still think about it'

Midseason phone call with late ace resonates with Tigers left-hander

Norris on Halladay convo: 'I still think about it'

DETROIT -- Daniel Norris was struggling with his pitching as well as his confidence around midseason this year. He'd pitched brilliantly in some starts, like when he fanned eight over six innings of one-run ball to beat Cleveland in May or his 6 1/3 stingy innings against the eventual World Series champion Astros, but Norris couldn't string together a consistent run, and he was taking it hard.

Teammates and coaches used examples of Tigers starters past who had gone through the same thing, from Max Scherzer to Rick Porcello. Justin Verlander, still a Tiger at that point, spoke with him. Tigers pitching coach Rich Dubee thought of another similar pitcher who might help, and in July, he put Norris in touch with Roy Halladay, whom Dubee had coached in Philadelphia.

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Kinsler back on market, 'ready for more baseball'

Kinsler back on market, 'ready for more baseball'

DETROIT -- The question surfaced for Ian Kinsler at the end of a long, frustrating season, one that culminated with former manager Brad Ausmus giving him a chance to manage the finale. After a year of trade rumors, leaving Kinsler one of the last veterans on a team that went 6-24 from Sept. 1 on, what does Kinsler hope the future holds for him?

"Um, more baseball," he said simply. "Try to take care or my body and be ready for more baseball."

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Kinsler falls short of repeat Gold Glove Award

Kinsler falls short of repeat Gold Glove Award

DETROIT -- Ian Kinsler's breakthrough in Gold Glove Award voting lasted one year. The Tigers second baseman lost out to Minnesota's Brian Dozier for the American League Gold Glove Award at second base in what could be considered an upset.

Kinsler and Dozier were finalists along with Boston's Dustin Pedroia, Kinsler's longtime Gold Glove competitor and former college teammate. While Kinsler and Pedroia once again put up similar metrics, Dozier earned the nod.

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Tigers eye rebound candidates on market

Signing and midseason trade of Avila sets template for 2018

Tigers eye rebound candidates on market

DETROIT -- The Tigers signed one Major League free agent last offseason. That signing, Alex Avila, became a trade commodity by midseason and helped the Tigers pluck an extra prospect from the Cubs in the Justin Wilson trade.

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Trammell, Morris on Modern Era HOF ballot

Tigers greats among 10 to be considered by committee

Trammell, Morris on Modern Era HOF ballot

DETROIT -- Alan Trammell and Jack Morris will get another chance at induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The former Tigers greats are on the 10-person Modern Baseball Era ballot that will be considered by a 16-person committee at next month's Winter Meetings.

The committee is part of the Hall's effort to give a second look at players who are not elected by voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. It has long been anticipated as the best chance for Trammell and Morris, both of whom lasted the maximum 15 years on the ballot but did not receive the 75-percent vote needed for induction.

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Simcox powers Solar Sox with first homer

Simcox powers Solar Sox with first homer

MESA, Ariz. -- A.J. Simcox could not have picked a better time to hit his first Arizona Fall League home run.

The Tigers farmhand connected on a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Mesa the lead and ultimately help power the Solar Sox to a 5-2 win over Scottsdale at Sloan Park.

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In return to Tigers, Santiago elated to give back

Former player joins staff as first-base, infield coach

In return to Tigers, Santiago elated to give back

DETROIT -- Fifteen years after Ramon Santiago received his first callup by the Tigers, he got the call again. This one left him overjoyed, too.

Santiago had stopped in Lakeland, Fla., last Spring Training and talked with general manager Al Avila about a coaching position in the organization. The combination of age and injuries were telling him his playing career was just about over, having been out of the Majors since 2015, and the 38-year-old was looking for a way to stay involved in the game.

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Tigers reinstate V-Mart from 60-day DL

Ryan, Jaye, Holaday and Navarro outrighted to Minors

Tigers reinstate V-Mart from 60-day DL

DETROIT -- The Tigers continued paring down their roster Friday, outrighting left-hander Kyle Ryan, right-hander Myles Jaye, catcher Bryan Holaday and first baseman Efren Navarro to the Minor Leagues.

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Young talent brings Bosio to Detroit

New pitching coach excited to work with prospects and Majors staff

Young talent brings Bosio to Detroit

DETROIT -- Chris Bosio oversaw the pitching end of the Cubs' rise from rebuilding project to World Series champions. He's now taking on the challenge of the Tigers' pitching.

Between the young arms in Detroit and others on the way, the Tigers' new pitching coach likes what he sees.

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Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Below is a recap of each player's performance from the 12th edition of the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, a 4-2 win for the East division.

Among the highly regarded players in this year's exhibition were 10 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

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Jonathan Mayo

Eaves delivers in extra-innings AFL win

Eaves delivers in extra-innings AFL win

MESA, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League has often been used as a laboratory for experimental rules, from instant replay to pitch clocks. This year, the AFL has been trying out the runner placement rule, where the 10th inning begins with a runner on second. The rule was implemented in Thursday afternoon's game between the Surprise Saguaros and Mesa Solar Sox, but A's infielder Sheldon Neuse made the rule irrelevant with one swing of the bat.

The Saguaros and Solar Sox were tied at 6 through nine full innings. Surprise couldn't get its placement run across in the top of the 10th. Cubs outfielder Charcer Burks started at second in the bottom of the inning and couldn't advance on Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker's flyout to center. But Burks got to trot home when Neuse turned on a 2-1 pitch and deposited it over the left-field wall for an 8-6 Mesa win.

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What will Tigers do with Kinsler, Iglesias?

Double play duo could be on move as club looks to rebuild

What will Tigers do with Kinsler, Iglesias?

DETROIT -- This time, there is no doubt: The Tigers' rebuild is on.

General manager Al Avila went into last offseason looking to begin the process, but put it on hold when he found tepid interest in veterans he was offering for trade. A year later, the bulk of the trading is done after Justin Verlander, Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez were dealt for prospects over the summer. But with Ian Kinsler, Jose Iglesias and others still around, more work is ahead.

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Tigers outright Presley, lose Romine to waivers

Tigers outright Presley, lose Romine to waivers

DETROIT -- Andrew Romine, who became part of history by playing all nine positions in a game for the Tigers in September, won't be playing any positions for the Tigers next season. The versatile super-utility player was claimed off waivers by the Mariners, part of a handful of roster moves announced by the Tigers on Thursday to pare down their roster and payroll.

Outfielders Alex Presley, Tyler Collins and Jim Adduci were outrighted to the Minor Leagues and are expected to become free agents. Right-hander Jeff Ferrell was also outrighted, and he will also be a free agent.

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Tigers add Bosio, complete coaching staff

Tigers add Bosio, complete coaching staff

DETROIT -- Ron Gardenhire will have a lot of familiar coaches in the dugout with him at Comerica Park next season. While the new Tigers manager is keeping Lloyd McClendon and Dave Clark on his staff, he also brings back a familiar name for Tigers fans, and hired a few names from his previous managerial stint in Minnesota.

The Tigers announced the hires on Thursday, their first news of baseball's official offseason. 

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