Jose Iglesias: Defense in Detroit – David Laurila – FanGraphs
Is it hyperbole to compare Iglesias to “The Wizard”? That’s a matter of opinion, but the mere fact it happens — Hunter isn’t the first to offer the comparison — says a lot. Omar Vizquel, who recently joined the Tigers coaching staff, is another name that gets thrown around. Plaudits come from more than just teammates. I asked some of the game’s best defensive shortstops about Iglesias, and all were effusive in their praise.
Jose Iglesias is certainly fun to watch in the field. His sub-par bat will be frustrating at times, but saving runs with the glove is just as valuable as driving them in with the bat.
Winter Report Card: Detroit Tigers – Joe Lemire – SI.com
That the Tigers would go through a transitional offseason became apparent a few days after their ALCS elimination when Jim Leyland retired after eight seasons as the club’s manager. A few weeks later, general manager David Dombrowski traded Prince Fielder, his $214-million first baseman, after only two of the nine seasons on his contract.
Lemire grades the Tigers’ offseason a C+ and remains unconvinced that they’re improved over last season.
Detroit Tigers agree to terms with Alex Avila to avoid arbitration – George Sipple – Free Press
“You prefer to get contracts negotiated if you can yourselves, rather than have the third party settle them, so that’s always been our philosophy,” Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said of once again avoiding going to an arbitration hearing.
As part of the deal, the Tigers now hold a $5.4 million club option on Avila for 2015, which could prove to be a pretty good deal for the would-be third-year arbitration eligible catcher.
Why are so many free agent starting pitchers still unsigned? – Patrick OKennedy – Bless You Boys
With just two weeks left before training camps open, there are a substantial number of free agent starting pitchers still without a team to report to. Why is that?
The Tigers surely don’t need a starting pitcher, but it’s interesting to examine the landscape around the game.