With the dawn of free agency, the Detroit Tigers have made it clear that they are going to try to do what they can to keep Victor Martinez in an old English D. We look at the report from the Associated Press up first.
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Next up, we head to the intriguing prospect of Detroit trading for Justin Moreneau. This makes good sense, Moreneau, however this would probably only be considered if V-Mart would leave. Moreneau could platoon with Miguel Cabrera at first and DH, however with V-Mart on board this move wouldn’t make much sense.
It has been a season of departure off the field for the Detroit Tigers as they lose a scout to the Los Angeles Dodgers in that team’s calculated attempt to raid the rest of baseball and rebuild their front office.
Lastly, we look at the comical story of the day. Robbie Ray‘s image was accidentally placed on the baseball card for teammate Ian Krol. We will lovingly refer to them as the “Fister Twins,” the two remaining players in the Tigers organization received in exchange for Doug Fister. They each had a pretty forgettable year in 2014 and one or both will have to establish a solid career before fans ever forgive Dave Dombrowski or even the players themselves for the loss of Doug.
"Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski says the Tigers’ top priority is re-signing Victor Martinez now that the slugger is a free agent after declining the team’s qualifying offer.Speaking Tuesday at baseball’s general managers meetings, Dombrowski said that once the Martinez issue is resolved, the attention will turn to center field and the bullpen."
Detroit Tigers Should Consider Trading For Justin Morneau – Brad Faber, Rant Sports
"The 33-year-old Morneau enjoyed a renaissance in 2014, slashing .319/.364/.496 with 17 home runs, 82 RBIs and a 2.5 fWAR, putting up his best season since suffering a scary, career-threatening concussion back in the summer of 2010, when he was still a member of the Minnesota Twins. His .319 batting average this year was good enough to win the NL batting title as well."
Report: Tigers lose scouting director to Dodgers – Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press
"Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reported this evening that they will hire Tigers’ director of pro scouting Scott Bream to the same position.Bream, 43, has been in his current role for two years, and part of the Tigers organization for 14 total years."
"A pack of baseball cards that Detroit Tigers fan Kenny Sledge of Hudson, Michigan, recently purchased at a Target in Toledo, Ohio, included an Ian Krol card that features a picture of Ray on the front of it. The information on the back is about Krol and Krol’s name is on the front, but Ray is pictured."