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American League Central Analysis

As pitchers and catchers report to spring training, Tiger Talk welcomes Zac Swierad to breakdown the five teams that make up the 2014 American League Central Division. Offseason player acquisitions, where each team finished last season and predictions of where the five teams will finish this season are all discussed in this installment of Tiger Talk.

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Avila Re-Signs with Detroit, Avoids Arbitration

Dave Dombrowski stays perfect on arbitrator-less talks with his team.

On Friday, Alex Avila agreed to a one-year, $4.35 million deal with the Tigers. The hometown talent is the last of six Tigers who called for an arbitrator back in mid-January. General Manager Dombrowski continues his perfect seven year streak of not needing a third party to settle salary disputes with players.

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MLB Expands Instant Replay

Baseball will be more accurate, less subjective and played at an even slower pace in 2014.

On Thursday, the MLB announced that all 30 teams had voted unanimously to expand instant replay in baseball. The news came at the close of the quarterly owners meeting for the MLB. According to an MLB.com press release, both the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association had agreed to expand the rules in the sport.

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Tigers Agree to Terms With Speedy Left Fielder Davis

Monday marked the beginning of MLB’s annual Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla., and with it came a slew of free agent signings and trades.

Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has never hesitated to make a splash at the meetings. In 2007, they traded prospects to the Florida Marlins for eventual two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera, and in 2009, traded Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson for Austin Jackson, Max Scherzer, Phil Coke and Daniel Schlereth. Read More…

Tigers Making Many Offseason Moves

With a lifetime batting average of .229 and .250 in the postseason, the Tigers have decided to re-sign Don Kelly to a one-year extension.

Although Don Kelly is not a consistent starter, he is a great role player. When his number is called, he will go in the game and do whatever the team needs him to do.

Besides re-signing Kelly, they also bolstered their bullpen with the reported signing of closer Joe Nathan and acquired left-hander Ian Krol in the Fister trade.

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Tigers Trade Fielder in Blockbuster Deal

Dave Dombrowski has done it again.  In what is quite possibly the most shocking Tigers news since the Tigers signed him, first baseman Prince Fielder has been traded to the Texas Rangers, along with cash, in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler.

According to CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Tigers and Rangers agreed to an exchange of the two star players, pending a physical and commissioner approval. Read More…

Detroit Tigers’ Postseason Report Card

As November arrives and seasons change, another year of Tigers baseball ends on a dull note. A preseason favorite to win the World Series, Detroit once again fell flat.

What went wrong? The hitting? The team who was first in hits and batting average in 2013 and second in OBP and SLG? That lineup?

Or was it the pitching? The Cy Young laden team with one man already claiming the trophy and the other a day away? A team that broke the MLB record for strikeouts in a single season with 1,428? That doesn’t make sense either. Read More…

Leyland: End of an Era

Jim Leyland said he wasn’t going to get emotional, about 30 seconds before wiping away tears.

Monday morning, he wasn’t the only one.

Leyland held a press conference on the morning of October 21, stating he was resigning as manager of the Detroit Tigers. He had come to General Manager Dave Dombrowski in early September stating his intentions to leave the role at the end of the season. Read More…

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