Detroit Tigers: Mike Fiers traded to Oakland and other news
Here at The Corner, we round up Detroit Tigers news and rumors around the Tigers blogosphere so that you don’t spend hours surfing the web searching.
The Detroit Tigers have traded starting pitcher Mike Fiers to the Oakland Athletics. The A’s made the move to boost their starting rotation as they look to make a deep playoff run. The Tigers will get two players-to-be-named-later and cash considerations from Oakland.
The trade helped the A’s rise in the Athletics MLB Power Rankings (subscription required). They’ve moved up from ninth to sixth, and the Athletic notes that not many people expected the As’ to do as well as they have been this season.
Also at the Athletic, a Q&A with Casey Mize (subscription required). The Q&A covered tattoos and Mize’s first of the Motor City. He had a positive experience with his first impression, whic bodes well for Tigers fans.
Lastly at the Athletic, Kurt Mensching asks if Blaine Hardy keep playing well (subscription required). Hardy has had quite the turnaround in the 2018 season.
The Tigers have brought in thirteen prospects via trade since last July. Evan Woodbery, of MLive, looks at those prospects and how they landed in the Tigers organization. Woodbery notes that in the Tigers top thirty prospects, according to MLB.com, eight of them came via trades.
Lynn Henning, of the Detroit News, thinks that Grayson Greiner could play his way into a full-time gig at Comerica park in the 2019 season. It’s a reasonable assumption given the state of James McCann’s contract. Henning also thinks that the Tigers got a steal out of selecting Kody Clemens in the third-round of this season’s draft.
While the Tigers have already eclipsed the number of wins the 2003 team had, it doesn’t mean that the team isn’t bad. As the Detroit Free Press notes, the Tigers are 5 shutout losses away from a franchise record. The Olde English D has lost six of their last ten and take on the Angels in their next series.