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Detroit Tigers 2012-2013 Off-Season Thread

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#1 PawsnSox

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 05:21 PM

The Tigers began the off-season with a number of moves designed to lock key elements into place for 2013 and clear the way for a couple of potential moves to upgrade.


The Tigers began their off-season by extending the contract of Manager Jim Leyland for one year and agreeing to the return of his entire coaching staff. Leyland has indicated that responsibilities will change within the coaching staff but no specific announcements as to the changes have been made.

The Tigers picked up the club options on SS Jhonny Peralta and reliever RHP Octavio Dotel.

The Tigers will not pursue re-signing closer Jose Valverde and DH (and ALCS MVP) Delmon Young.

The Tigers have outrighted the contract of Don Kelly to Toledo and Kelly has elected to pursue free agency.

Both RHP Anibal Sanchez and back-up catcher Gerald Laird have elected to pursue free agency.

The Tigers have re-activated Victor Martinez from the 60-day disabled list. Martinez missed the 2012 season due to a left ACL injury during offseason training. Martinez will be the DH in 2013, replacing Delmon Young.

The Tigers have also re-activated from the disabled list 2B Ryan Rayburn and LHP Daniel Schlereth (also known to Tigers fans as the Alaskan Gas-Can). Ryan Rayburn has been replaced at 2B by Omar Infante, who is signed through 2013. Schlereth missed most of the 2012 season with tendonitis in his left shoulder.

Open Questions

With many positions firmly filled going into 2013, it appears as if the questions for the off-season center on a couple of key areas:

1) Will the Tigers be successful in re-signing RH starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez? GM Dave Dombrowski has indicated that this is a priority for him this off-season and Leyland has expressed to Sanchez his desire to see him back. If the Tigers re-sign Sanchez, it will leave just one starting spot open for either RHP Rick Porcello or LHP Drew Smyly. If Sanchez does not return, Porcello and Smyly might be expected to fill out the starting rotation, though it remains to be seen if LHP Casey Crosby, who started a few games for Detroit while Fister was on the DL in early 2012, will figure in the discussion at all.

2) Who closes? While the Tigers might go shopping for a closer to replace Jose Valverde, it is worth noting that the Tigers are planning on spending money pursuing Sanchez and will also be spending a good portion of money saved with the current roster decisions in the form of expected salary adjustments for several key arbitration-eligible players including CF Austin Jackson, RHP Max Scherzer, RHP Doug Fister, C Alex Avila and LHP Phil Coke. RHP Porcello and outfielder Brennan Boesch are also arbitration-eligible. So whether or not the Tigers commit major funds to pursuing a closer this year will depend in part on determinations by owner Mike Ilitch about expanding payroll to accommodate a particular player. Dombrowski has indicated that the answer may lie within the bullpen, which is expected to include Phil Coke, Octavio Dotel, RHP Joaquin Benoit, RHP Brayan Villarreal and RHP Al Alburquerque. Dombrowski has also mentioned RHP Bruce Rondon, a minor-league prospect whom Dombrowski compares to a young Joel Zumaya. Rondon was 2012 Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Certainly the possibility that the team may commit to picking a closer from one of Coke, Benoit, Dotel or Rondon, or to closing by committee, should make for an interesting spring training.

3) Who will play the outfield corners? The Tigers are looking for an off-season acquisition that would provide needed offensive and defensive improvement in the outfield for 2012. As for the rest of the corners equation, Andy Dirks along with rookies Quintin Berry and Avisail Garcia are all possible answers. Brennan Boesch, who had a disappointing 2012 but will be offered a contract for 2013, is another possibility. The Tigers are also watching the development of hot-hitting prospect Nick Castellanos, who is transitioning to the outfield from 3B in the Detroit farm system.

4) Will G-Money remain a Tiger? The Tigers have indicated some willingness to pursue backup catcher Gerald Laird, who returned this season for his second stint with the Tigers after spending 2011 with St. Louis. Laird has elected free agency and is expected to test the market in pursuit of more playing time and a higher payday. The Tigers are not in a position to give him either. However, it is possible that the Tigers may be able to reach agreement with Laird at some point in the off-season to return to Detroit in the role of backup catcher. If not, Bryan Holaday is likely to get tapped for this role.

Edited by PawsnSox, 03 November 2012 - 10:35 PM.

#2 soxhop411

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 11:01 AM

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#3 PawsnSox

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 03:56 PM

Torii Hunter is headed to Detroit for 2 years at $26 million, pending a physical.

#4 PawsnSox

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:21 PM

Torii Hunter is headed to Detroit for 2 years at $26 million, pending a physical.

Deal finalized today.


Also, Laird to the Braves, so Holaday may get a shot at the back-up role. http://detroit.tiger...ws_det&c_id=det

Edited by PawsnSox, 16 November 2012 - 03:23 PM.

#5 mgoblue2

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 12:00 AM

No need to keep Raburn around. Not worth putting on a roster for a lot of the teams in the league and brings nothing to the table.

#6 PawsnSox

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 12:06 PM

Tigers added switch-hitting Brayan Pena to their roster as back-up catcher on a 1 year deal. http://detroit.tiger...ws_det&c_id=det

Also confirmation from Sanchez' agent of agreement on a 5 year/$80 million between the Tigers and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez. Tigers confirmed the deal Dec 17.http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121214&content_id=40651662&vkey=news_det&c_id=det

Edited by PawsnSox, 17 December 2012 - 03:24 PM.

#7 Pearl Wilson

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 07:57 PM

The Tigers announced Monday they've avoided arbitration with pitcher Max Scherzer. The club signed Scherzer to a one-year $6.725 deal for 2013 according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

Scherzer, 28, went 6-7 and finished second in the American League last season with 231 strikeouts while earning a 3.74 ERA. The Missouri native has played his last three seasons with the Tigers after being traded from the D-backs in 2009. Scherzer is 52-42 with a combined 3.88 ERA in his five Major League seasons.

Scherzer reportedly requested about $7.4 million with the Tigers offering $6.05 before the two sides settled. With the signing, the Tigers have reached deals with all of their arbitration-eligible players.


Arbitration with Scherzer avoided, but they did cut it a little close.


He made $3.75 million last year. He'll get $6.725 million in 2013.


Looks like they split the difference exactly down the middle. 

Edited by Pearl Wilson, 04 February 2013 - 08:17 PM.

#8 Pearl Wilson

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:48 PM

A few days into ST, this article is a decent State-of-the-Tigers summary. Roster competition including Rule 5 pick, Kobernus, the closer situation, etc.

#9 PawsnSox

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:34 AM

Brennan Boesch released.  http://www.detroitne...-Brennan-Boesch

#10 PawsnSox

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:02 PM

Extension announced for Verlander through 2019, option for 2020.  http://www.detroitne...s|img|FRONTPAGE.