The Detroit Tigers rebuild is in full swing, the Winter Meetings saw the team trade second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Los Angeles Angels.
By trading away the veteran second baseman The Detroit Tigers are moving forward in the right direction, argues Anthony Fench of the Detroit Free Press.
Despite the trade, the team’s roster still remains under construction according to the Detroit News. Ian Kinsler thanked the Detroit Tigers organization and the fans after the trade. Jason Beck of MLB.com notes the future of second base is still uncertain for the team.
MLive.com has a closer look at the two prospects acquired in the Ian Kinsler trade. The Rule 5 Draft saw the Detroit Tigers select outfielder Victor Reyes over Pitcher Nick Burdi. Many thought the organization would draft Burdi.
The Detroit Tigers have gone from American League Champs to completely rebuilding and the Detroit Free Press takes a look at where all the members of the 2014 American League Champs are now.
In the post-winter meetings power rankings the Detroit Tigers are ranked 29th, just ahead of the imploding Marlins.
Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Frank Lary passed away at age 87. The former Tiger was a two-time all-star in 1960 and ’61. He placed third in Major League Cy Young Award voting in 1961. As well he was a two-time twenty-game winner who had 123 victories to his credit during his career.
“It’s really tough when you lose one of your teammates” said Al Kaline, upon his return from the baseball winter meetings. ”Frank was a great guy and a real character with that strong Alabama accent.”
He was most famously nicknamed “The Yankee Killer” for his dominance over the Yankees. He went 28-13 with a 3.32 ERA in 56 career appearances (49 starts) against the Yankees.
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Lastly, the Detroit Tigers have announced both Alan Trammell and Jack Morris will have separate ceremonies to retire their jersey numbers prior to games in August.