Dave Dombrowski

Opinion: What Does the Victor Martinez Deal Mean Right Now?

The Detroit Tigers and All-Star switch-hitter Victor Martinez agreed to a four-year, $68 million deal that extends his contract through the 2018 season.

The 35-year-old is coming off of the best season of his career, where he posted a .335 batting average while belting 32 home runs and driving in 103 runs. Martinez’s 6.6% strikeout rate and .974 OPS were best in the majors and his 28 intentional walks led the league as well. His .409 on-base percentage was the best in the majors, his 57 multi-hit games was the third most in the AL, and he had the best strikeout-to-walk ratio out of any hitter. Read More…

Detroit’s 2014 Report Card #1: Starting Pitching

Tiger Talk host Tony Garcia and I have given Detroit its two-week moratorium. We mourned, we cried, we flew through all five stages of depression before Kansas City lost a postseason game.

Now begins the tough part of the job. Grading and judging our beloved team, stacking them against one another to decide who makes the cut and who may hit the cutting room floor. Read More…

Three Up, Three Down: Tigers’ 2014 is Done

Chris Tillman’s first inning started with three strikeouts in Game 1 to a standing ovation. Tillman was on the field two games later, jumping and celebrating to a standing, shocked Detroit.

A sweep. Baltimore over Detroit. Three games to zilch. Barely enough time to order a Detroit postseason shirt before it was over. A Vegas favorite in April tripped up and fell over the orange and black leaves in October….or were those feathers? Read More…

A Look Back on the Wonderful 162

In 2014, the usual narrative changed for Detroit. The waltz into the playoffs was no more. The players were traded and released and captured off waivers like no season before. The names changed, the heroes and goats shuffled by the week. The division ended in a fierce battle that lasted nearly two months.

And yet, the Tigers prevailed once again. Read More…

Three Weeks to Live: A Tigers Tale

The American League Central has been baseball’s easiest waltz into October for years now – over three years, to be exact.

Slightly above average has been the barometer for success in the Central, and when it comes to mediocrity, the Tigers have reigned supreme.

This year is different. This year, Detroit needs to rise above the adequacy of the baseball midwest and prove they can compete for months with a team that has the drive to win.

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With Replacements Looming, Veterans Step Up

While comfort and job security have always been the norm to Joe Nathan and Justin Verlander, the 2014 trade deadline opened the veterans’ eyes to the possibility of being replaced.

Between Verlander and Nathan, the two have combined for eight All-Star games and nine postseason appearances. Verlander has held the ace role in Detroit for over half a decade, and Nathan has been the perennial closer for his team — whether that be Minnesota, Texas or Detroit. While their personal accomplishments are impressive, one looming statistic has evaded them throughout both their careers: zero World Series rings.

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Opinion: The Price of a ‘World Series or Bust’ Mentality

With the acquisition of David Price, the Detroit Tigers now own contracts of the past three Cy Young Award winners, and if Miguel Cabrera is included, also the past three MVP’s.

Detroit waited until 3:51 EST to make it official before the 4 p.m. trade deadline on July 31. The Tigers traded left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly and outfielder Austin Jackson as a part of the three-team deal with the Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners that sent Smyly to Tampa and Jackson to Seattle. Read More…

The Impact of Joakim: Tigers Acquire Soria, Look to Patch Reeling Bullpen

The Detroit Tigers bullpen currently holds the worst batting average against at .272 and the least strikeouts of any bullpen with just 243 strikeouts. Match that with the collective 4.41 ERA, and one could argue that the Tigers own the worst bullpen of all contending teams; a huge point of contention over the past three season.

However, Dave “Clark Kent, Superman, X-factor” Dombrowski came to the rescue once more. He and the Detroit Tigers received closer Joakim Soria in their second big deal of the season with the Texas Rangers for two pitching prospects, relievers Corey Knebel and Jason Thompson, and a draft pick.

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Nathan or Chamberlain?

Another year, another problem at the closer position for Detroit. At Comerica Park, booing the man on the mound in the ninth has become tradition.

A conversation about swapping closers merely two months into the season is a disappointing one, but Joe Nathan has shown time and again he is unable to pitch a clean final three outs. The only other real option for Detroit would be Joba Chamberlain, a man who has shown consistency as the set-up man.

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Tigers Bullpen Finds Relief in Hanrahan

It took one month for Dave Dombrowski to realize his team needed some major help.

With Bruce Rondon in the midst of Tommy John surgery, Luke Putkonen on the 15-day DL and a bullpen ERA of 5.37, the Tigers were floundering. On Friday, it was announced that Detroit acquired for closer Joel Hanrahan from the Red Sox. Hanrahan’s deal is set at one-year, $1 million dollars. His role will revolve around being a set up man in the future. Read More…

Opinion: Tigers’ Recent Trade Epitomizes Offseason

With just a week until Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers, it seemed as if the Tigers’ wheeling and dealing had finally cooled off. Monday morning however, fans woke up to the news that the Tigers had shipped utility-man Steve Lombardozzi to Baltimore for shortstop Alex Gonzalez.

Tigers fans may be familiar with Lombardozzi, even though most have never even seen him step onto the field in a Tigers’ uniform. Lombardozzi was a piece of the controversial trade that sent Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals in December. The Tigers also acquired pitchers Robbie Ray and Ian Krol in the trade.

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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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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…

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