Detroit Tigers Links: Tigers still the favorite, we’re not “Worth”y, Miggy extension & Tiger Stadium


Mar 20, 2014; Melbourne, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Danny Worth (29) tosses a baseball to a fan during a game against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t expect the Detroit Tigers to be challenged for division supremacy this season – Ben Shapiro, MassLive

"After an offseason spent trying to fix the few flaws that have hampered the team’s mission to win it all, a flukey shin injury to shortstop Jose Iglesias has already thrown a money wrench into the team’s plans for league supremacy.Expect Detroit to exceed the 93 wins they had in 2013. The White Sox and Twins will provide for many easy wins, and a World Series appearance is a strong possibility."

Admit it–even if you’re the most “blue skies” of all Tigers fans, these last couple weeks have been killer and doubt has likely crept into your mind. It’s hard not to feel this considering the rash of injuries, odd trades, and bad news this team has faced in March. To our relief it seems that people who have a national prospective, and don’t sweat everything that goes on, seem to think Detroit will be just fine.

Detroit Tigers make ‘tough cut’ of Danny Worth; OF Tyler Collins on team — for now – John Lowe, Detroit Free Press

"“Tough cut,” Ausmus said. “He swung the bat extremely well. By all accounts, it is the best that people in this organization have seen him swing the bat.”In 43 at-bats this spring, Worth hit .302 with one homer and 10 RBIs."

I’ve been no fan of Danny Worth during his many appearances on the big league club over the years. Still, it’s hard for me to see why his performance in the spring (and I know it doesn’t count) fails to warrant him a spot on the Opening Day roster. I am still unconvinced any of the pieces Detroit has brought for shortstop this past week are significantly better or worse than Worth. If a .300 spring doesn’t call for a roster spot, and bringing in basically the janitorial staff of other teams to play instead of him, perhaps its time to give Danny Worth his release.

Detroit Tigers, Miguel Cabrera reportedly begin talks on long-term contract extension – James Schmehl, MLive

"Cabrera, who will be 32 years old when his contract expires, has expressed interest in returning to Detroit, telling ESPN Deportes in November that “this is the city where I want to end my career.”“We are eager to sign an extension,” Cabrera told ESPN Deportes. “Thank God, I’m fine financially. Detroit has given me many things.”“Actually, the money is less important in this case,” Cabrera said. “What we want is to win a championship in Detroit.”"

This story is a few days old and actually broke in the hours following the Max Scherzer debacle. But during yesterday’s game in Lakeland, Lynn Henning tweeted this out from seemingly nowhere.

I’m not sure Henning had some inside information (doubt it) or he was just bored as Tigers’ pitching was getting plastered by the Braves (more plausible), but it highlights something Tigers’ fans have yearned for recently: some good news.

Detroit Outlines New Vision For Old Tiger Stadium Site – CBS Detroit

"Detroit is outlining a new vision for the former site of Tiger Stadium that would include a youth baseball field along with a mix of stores, residential space and offices at the historic corner of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull."

No matter what happens with the corner of Michigan and Trumbull, its refreshing to see baseball will be played there for the foreseeable future.