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Tigers' Cesar Hernandez: Gets chance with Detroit
Hernandez agreed Wednesday with the Tigers on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to MLB spring training, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
After signing a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Nationals last season, Hernandez had to settle for a minor-league deal on the open market this winter while his performance took a major step back in 2022. On the heels of a 21-home run campaign in 2021 while he split time with the White Sox and Guardians, Hernandez left the yard just once this past season, despite logging 617 plate appearances. The 32-year-old still displayed a high-contact approach at the plate and flashed some speed (10 stolen bases in 14 attempts), so he could have a fair chance at breaking camp with the Tigers as a utility infielder.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Spencer Torkelson: In line to be primary first baseman
Torkelson is likely to serve as the Tigers' everyday first baseman in 2023, manager A.J. Hinch intimated to Jason Beck of MLB.com Thursday.
It's difficult to envision anyone else but Torkelson at first base when looking at Detroit's roster, especially since Miguel Cabrera is now viewed as a designated hitter. Still, it's nice to hear Hinch hint that Torkelson will be given plenty of leash. The former No. 1 overall pick struggled as a rookie in 2022, posting a lowly .604 OPS with eight home runs over 110 games. He wasn't great after a demotion to Triple-A Toledo, either, with a .738 OPS. However, Torkelson is just 23 years and has plenty of pedigree, offering hope he could figure things out in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Trey Wingenter: Inks deal with Detroit
Wingenter (back) signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Sunday, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Wingenter's deal includes an invitation to big-league spring training, where the 28-year-old should get the chance to compete for a spot in Detroit's Opening Day bullpen. After undergoing back surgery in September 2021, Wingenter was non-tendered by the Padres and caught on with the Reds on a minor-league deal last offseason. Wingenter never ended up seeing action for any of the Reds' minor-league affiliates in 2022, but he was presumably able to pass his physical with Detroit and should report to spring training at full health. Over 73 career relief appearances in the majors, Wingenter owns a 5.14 ERA and 20.1 K-BB%.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Rony Garcia: Settles with Detroit
Garcia agreed to a one-year contract with the Tigers on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
Garcia appeared in 15 game (eight starts) last year and had a 4.41 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 48:13 K:BB across 51 innings. The 25-year-old seems likely to begin 2023 as a swingman for Detroit.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Jose Cisnero: Settles with Detroit
Cisnero signed a one-year, $2.2875 million contract with the Tigers on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
Cisnero made just 28 appearances in 2022 due to shoulder and personal issues. He managed a 1.08 ERA across 25 innings in spite of a 23:19 K:BB. Some regression is bound to happen, but he should still be a solid middle reliever in 2023.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Edwin Uceta: Picked up by Detroit
The Tigers claimed Uceta off waivers from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Detroit will likely give Uceta the chance to compete for a spot in its Opening Day bullpen during spring training, provided he's not moved off the 40-man roster before then and scooped up by another organization. Between stops with the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, the 25-year-old right-hander has submitted a 6.27 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 11.5 K-BB% across 37.1 career innings in the majors.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Chasen Shreve: Signs minor deal with Tigers
Shreve signed a minor-league contract with Detroit on Monday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
Following a solid season in 2021 with Pittsburgh, Shreve wasn't able to get going in 2022 with the Mets, recording a 6.49 ERA and 1.41 WHIP through 26.1 frames out of the 'pen. He was able to draw a minor-league deal from the Yankees and throw 5.2 quality innings in Triple-A Scranton. If the 32-year old lefty can pick up where he left off in the minors, there is a good chance he'll make it into the Tigers' bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Aneurys Zabala: Lands with Tigers
Zabala signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Saturday.
The 26-year-old received his first taste of the big leagues for a brief spell in 2022, making two relief appearances with Miami. He otherwise split time between Triple-A Jacksonville and Double-A Pensacola, logging a 9.79 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in 26.2 innings between the two stops. Zabala will provide the Tigers organization with relief depth in the upper levels of the minors.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Alex Lange: Path to saves appears
Lange could have a path to the closer role in Detroit, as Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Gregory Soto was traded to the Phillies on Saturday.
Lange has just one career save, and the Tigers have yet to announce their plans for the ninth inning, but the righty appears to be the logical choice with Soto, Joe Jimenez and Andrew Chafin all leaving this winter. Will Vest is the only Tiger remaining on the roster who saved any games last season, but his 4.00 ERA hardly turns heads. Lange managed a 3.41 ERA in his first full season and struck out 30.3 percent of opposing batters.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Donny Sands: Acquired by Tigers
Sands, Nick Maton and Matt Vierling were traded from the Phillies to the Tigers on Saturday in exchange for Gregory Soto and Kody Clemens, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Sands made his big-league debut at age 26 last season but didn't stick around long enough to make an impression, going 0-for-3 with a walk. He hit a strong .308/.413/.428 in 57 Triple-A games, suggesting he has some potential at the plate, especially considering the low offensive bar at catcher. He'll compete with Jake Rogers and Andrew Knapp in spring training to earn the backup catcher job behind Eric Haase.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Matt Vierling: Sent to Detroit
Vierling, Nick Maton and Donny Sands were traded from the Phillies to the Tigers on Saturday in exchange for Gregory Soto and Kody Clemens, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Vierling got into 117 games for the Phillies last season and was exactly replacement level, per FanGraphs. His .246/.297/.351 slash line was merely good for an 81 wRC+, a number that can work for a player who's a strong defensive center fielder, but Vierling's glove fits best in a corner. You don't have to squint too hard to see more potential in his bat, however. He made an above-average amount of contact, striking out 19.6 percent of the time, and he paired that with an 85th percentile hard hit rate. A step forward at the plate could earn him a starting role, though a spot on the short side of a platoon with Akil Baddoo may be more likely.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Nick Maton: Traded to Tigers
Maton, Matt Vierling and Donny Sands were traded from the Phillies to the Tigers on Saturday in exchange for Gregory Soto and Kody Clemens, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Maton could have a clearer path to playing time in Detroit than he had in Philadelphia, though there's no guarantee he'll earn regular at-bats. In 216 career plate appearances at the highest level, he's hit .254/.330/.434 with seven home runs. That's good for a 108 wRC+, though his 31.5 percent strikeout rate is worryingly high while his 32.8 percent hard-hit rate is well below average, suggesting he's been quite lucky to produce above-average results.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Andy Ibanez: Outrighted to Triple-A
Ibanez cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
Ibanez was claimed off waivers by Detroit in November but won't stick on the 40-man roster through the offseason. The 29-year-old appeared in 40 games for the Rangers last season and had a .218/.273/.277 slash line.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Mario Feliciano: Sent outright to Triple-A
Feliciano cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
Feliciano was claimed off waivers from the Brewers last month but passed through this time around. He'll represent catching depth in the minors.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Zach Logue: Sent to Triple-A
Logue cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
Logue was designated for assignment Dec. 31 shortly after Detroit claimed him off waivers, and he'll remain in the organization for the time being. The 26-year-old appeared in 14 games (10 starts) for the A's in 2022 and had a 6.79 ERA across 57 innings.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Angel De Jesus: Outrighted to Triple-A
De Jesus cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
It's mildly surprising that De Jesus wasn't scooped up by another organization, but the Tigers are surely happy he's sticking around. He posted a 2.13 ERA in eight appearances in the majors in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Andrew Knapp: Lands in Detroit
Knapp signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Tuesday, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Knapp, 31, has been invited to major-league spring training. After a five-year run with the Phillies from 2017-21, Knapp bounced around to three different clubs in 2022, seeing action in just 14 games between the three stops. He'll offer catching depth in case Jake Rogers' (elbow) rehab doesn't go as expected.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Zach Logue: Designated for assignment
Logue was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Saturday.
Logue's stay on Detroit's 40-man roster lasted just over a week -- he was claimed off waivers from Oakland on Dec. 23. The lefty will return to waiver purgatory to begin the new year as he makes way for Tyler Nevin. Logue finished with a 6.79 ERA and 1.54 WHIP across 14 appearances (10 starts) for the A's last season.... See More ... See Less
Tigers' Tyler Nevin: Traded to Detroit
The Orioles traded Nevin to the Tigers on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations.
Nevin was dropped from Baltimore's 40-man roster last week upon the team's acquisition of James McCann, but Nevin will now join the Tigers' 40-man. Zach Logue was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. Nevin has not done much at the highest level, but he hit .291/.382/.479 with seven homers and 21 walks in 44 games with Triple-A Norfolk last season at age 25.... See More ... See Less
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