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About that Verlander contract

03.02.2009 3 comments

In a world without substantial baseball news, the fact that Justin Verlander hasn’t inked a deal yet is garnering some attention. When the two sides submitted their numbers to the arbitrator, they were about a million dollars a part (Verlander wants $4.15 and the Tigers offered $3.2). The Tigers have never had an arbitration hearing […]

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The Newest Tiger is Brandon Lyon

23.01.2009 28 comments

The Tigers will formally announce the signing of Brandon Lyon on Saturday. Terms are not immediately available but it is likely a one or two year contract. Lyon isn’t necessarily being handed the closers position, but he will definitely have a shot to claim it. UPDATE 2:49 The deal is one year and $4.25 million […]

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Tigers get 4 under contract

20.01.2009 2 comments

The Tigers inked 4 of the 5 arbitration eligible players today. Gerald Laird ($2.8), Edwin Jackson ($2.2), Bobby Seay ($1.1) and Joel Zumaya ($733,000) are all in the fold. Missing from that list is Justin Verlander. Verlander is the only one of the group likely to be in the mix for a long term deal. […]

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Tigers sign Thames and Rodney

14.01.2009 19 comments

The Tigers signed Marcus Thames and Fernando Rodney to one year deals. Both were arbitration eligible. Terms weren’t disclosed, but I’ll guess that Thames gets $1.8 million and Rodney gets $2.1 million. It looks like Rodney gets $2.7 million. That leaves Gerald Laird, Edwin Jackson, Justin Verlander, Joel Zumaya, and Bobby Seay as the arbitration […]

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Prices are dropping, but will it matter?

21.12.2008 26 comments

Buster Olney weighs in on how the economy is impacting team spending: Throughout baseball, budgets are being downsized from week to week to reflect the latest read on the economy, and what you are about to see — once the smoke clears from the Sabathia and Burnett and Teixeira news conferences — is a stunning […]

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THE CONTRACT is official

25.03.2008 1 comment

It’s kind of anti-climactic at this point, but the Miguel Cabrera deal has officially been announced. The deal is for 7 years and $141 million beyond the 1 year deal he signed for 2008. As speculated correctly here (I’m so rarely right I feel the need to claim it), $15 million is due in 2009. […]

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Junkballing: Almost too much to link to

24.03.2008 4 comments

A flurry of link worthy items, plus just being behind in general leads to the mother of all link round-ups: Injuries – left handed pitcher edition Bless You Boys picked up a Buster Olney report that scouts were speculating that Dontrelle Willis may be injured. That could certainly be part of his control problems. Then […]

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Reports: Tigers sign Cabrera to $153 million contract

22.03.2008 15 comments

credit Roger DeWitt is reporting that Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers have agreed to an 8 year contract totaling $153.3 million. The deal is to be announced Monday pending a physical. This is of course the biggest deal in franchise history, and it’s befitting a franchise caliber player. Locking Cabrera up long term was […]

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Granderson gets multi-year deal

04.02.2008 23 comments

Buster Olney is reporting that Curtis Granderson has signed a multiyear contract. Terms weren’t not available. More to come later. (h/t Motown Sports) UPDATE: It’s official. A five year deal with a club option for 2013. The Tigers buyout his arbitration years and first year of free agency. ESPN reports that the contract is for […]

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Tigers sign Miguel Cabrera to one year deal

18.01.2008 7 comments

The AP is reporting that the Tigers inked Miguel Cabrera to a 1 year $11.3 million deal. The team is of course trying to sign him to a long term deal, and I wouldn’t view this as an indication there are any problems on that front. This is a matter of taking care of arbitration […]

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Marcus Thames signs one year deal

17.01.2008 2 comments

The Tigers avoid arbitration with another player and agree to terms with Marcus Thames on a one year deal. I’ll post details when I have them. UPDATE: Beck says it is a $1.275 million deal which is right in line with expectations. Congrats to Marcus on becoming a millionaire. The Tigers only have Miguel Cabrera […]

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Robertson extended for 3 years

16.01.2008 29 comments

The Tigers have signed Nate Robertson to a 3 year deal for $21.25 million. The Freep has the break down on the dollars. Robertson will earn $4.25 million this year, $7 million in 2009 and $10 million in 2010. He would earn $11 million in the third year of the deal if he throws a […]

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