TIGERS ACQUIRE YOENIS CESPEDES, ALEX WILSON, AND GABE SPEIER FROM RED SOX IN EXCHANGE FOR RICK PORCELLO
The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, righthanded pitcher Alex Wilson and lefthanded pitcher Gabe Speier from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for righthanded pitcher Rick Porcello.
“We’re thrilled to be adding an All-Star to our team in Yoenis Cespedes,” said Tigers President, CEO and General Manager, David Dombrowski. “Cespedes is a dynamic all-around player who hits for power, provides solid run production and will play left field. Alex Wilson is a solid performer who has pitched at the major league level and will compete for a job in our bullpen this spring. Gabe Speier is a young player that our scouts like.”
Cespedes, 29, batted .260 (156×600), with 89 runs scored, 36 doubles, six triples, 22 home runs and 100 RBI in 152 games between the Oakland Athletics and Red Sox in 2014. He set single-season career highs in runs scored, hits, doubles, extra-base hits (64), RBI and total bases (270) and was selected to his first All-Star team this season. He batted .309 (55×178) with runners in scoring position in 2014. Additionally, he ranked eighth in the American League in extra-base hits, and ninth in RBI and doubles this past season. He topped all major league outfielders with 16 outfield assists, including four after joining Boston. He won his second consecutive MLB Home Run Derby title on July 14 at Target Field with 30 total home runs.
Over three full seasons at the major league level between the Athletics and Red Sox, the righthanded batter has hit .263 (425×1616) with 233 runs scored, 82 doubles, 15 triples, 71 home runs, and 262 RBI in 416 games. Cespedes, the 5-10, 210 lbs. outfielder from Cuba, was originally signed as an amateur free agent in 2012 by the Athletics.
Wilson, 28, posted a 6-1 record, 4.35 ERA (41.1IP/20ER) and 40 strikeouts in 35 games in relief for Triple A Pawtucket in 2014. He posted a 1.91 ERA (6ER/28.1IP) in 18 games over four stints with the Red Sox this season, holding opponents to a .198 (20×101) batting average. In his career at the minor league level, he has posted a 30-16 record, 3.82 ERA (434.0IP/184ER) and 396 strikeouts in 154 games (68 games started) over six seasons. He was originally selected by the Red Sox in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas A&M University.
Speier, 19, posted a 3-0 record, 1.55 (29.0IP/5ER) and 26 strikeouts in nine games (six games started) for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in 2014. Over two seasons in the minors, he has posted a 3-0 record, 1.64 ERA (33.0IP/6ER) and 32 strikeouts in 12 games (eight games started) for the GCL Red Sox. He was originally drafted in the 19th round of the First-Year Player Draft by Boston in 2013.
Porcello, 25, posted a 15-13 record, 3.43 ERA (204.2IP/78ER), and 129 strikeouts for Tigers in 2014. Over six seasons at the major league level with the Tigers, Porcello posted a 76-63 record, 4.30 ERA (1073.1IP/513ER) and 655 strikeouts in 180 games started (184 games).
To create space on the 40-man roster, the contract of righthanded pitcher Melvin Mercedes has been designated for assignment.
The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has acquired righthanded pitcher Alfredo Simon from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for infielder Eugenio Suarez and righthanded pitcher Jonathon Crawford.
“Alfredo Simon is a pitcher that we like a great deal and will be slotted into our starting rotation,” said Tigers President, CEO and General Manager, David Dombrowski. “Alfredo had a fine season last year, made the National League All Star team, and we’re excited to him have join our ballclub.”
Simon, 33, compiled a 15-10 record, 3.44 ERA (196.1IP/75ER) and 127 strikeouts in 32 games started for the Reds in 2014. He posted a 12-3 record, 2.70 ERA (116.2IP/35ER) and 75 strikeouts in the first half of the season to earn a spot on his first All-Star team. Simon established career highs in wins, starts, quality starts (22), innings pitched and strikeouts in 2014. Lefthanded batters batted .251 (93×370) off Simon this past season, while righthanded batters hit .238 (88×369) off him.
In parts of seven seasons at the major league level with the Baltimore Orioles and Reds organizations, Simon has compiled a 32-28 record, 3.86 ERA (529.1IP/227ER) and 373 strikeouts in 51 games started (209 games). The 6-6, 265 lbs. pitcher was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1999.
Suarez, 22, batted .242 (59×244) with 33 runs scored, nine doubles, one triple, four home runs and 23 RBI in 85 games for the Tigers in 2014.
Crawford, 23, posted an 8-3 record, 2.85 ERA (123.0IP/39ER), and 85 strikeouts for Single A West Michigan in 2014. He was originally selected by the Tigers in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft in 2013.
The Arizona Fall League announced its 2014 Top Prospects Team earlier today. Steven Moya was the selected to the team by Fall League managers and coaches. The Top Prospects Team recognizes players who distinguished themselves throughout the league’s six-week 2014 schedule against other top prospects from every organization in Major League Baseball. Voters were asked to consider Fall League performance and major league projectability.
Steven Moya, Glendale Desert Dogs (Detroit Tigers)
Started in right field and batted clean-up for the West Division in the November 1 Fall Stars Game … third in league with 49 total bases … tied for third in league with five home runs and 12 extra-base hits … fourth in league with .544 slugging percentage … tied for fourth with 19 RBI and 17 runs scored … hit .289 in 23 games with 6 doubles, 1 triple and 5 stolen bases … .327 on-base percentage and .871 OPS … four RBI October 14 at Peoria … another big game at Surprise October 27 with two home runs.
See the complete list of Arizona Fall League Top Prospects here.
DETROIT TIGERS ACQUIRE SHANE GREENE IN THREE-TEAM DEAL WITH NEW YORK YANKEES AND ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has acquired righthanded pitcher Shane Greene from the New York Yankees. The Tigers have traded lefthanded pitcher Robbie Ray and infielder Domingo Leyba to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Additionally, the Diamondbacks have traded infielder Didi Gregorius to the New York Yankees as part of the deal.
“We are very pleased with the addition of Shane to the ballclub,” said Tigers President, CEO and General Manager, David Dombrowski. “He threw the ball well in his first year at the major league level and we feel he will be a very nice addition to our starting rotation.”
Greene, 26, compiled a 5-4 record, 3.78 ERA (78.2IP/33ER) and 81 strikeouts in 15 games (14 starts) over four stints with the Yankees in 2014, which marked his first season in the majors. He made his major league debut on April 24th at Boston in his only relief appearance of the season. Greene averaged 9.27 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched, ranking fourth-best among major league rookies (min. 75.0IP). Additionally, righthanded batters hit .242 (36×149) against Greene in 2014.
Greene made 15 appearances (13 starts) for Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, posting a 5-2 record, 4.61 ERA (66.1IP/34ER) and 57 strikeouts this past season. The 6-4, 210 lbs. righthander was originally selected by the Yankees in the 15th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
Ray, 23, posted a 1-4 record, 8.16 ERA (28.2IP/26ER), and 19 strikeouts in nine games with the Tigers in 2014. Over 19 starts (20 games) with Triple A Toledo, he posted a 4.22 ERA (100.1IP/47ER) and 75 strikeouts.
Leyba, 19, batted .323 (84×260) with 40 runs scored, 18 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 24 RBI in 67 combined games with the New York-Penn League Connecticut Tigers and Single A West Michigan.
Major League Baseball announced today that Victor Martinez of the Detroit Tigers has been voted the winner of the 2014 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award. Martinez received 75 of the 90 first-place votes cast to garner the honor for the first time in his 12-year career. In addition to Martinez, two previous Tigers have been tabbed as the league’s top designated hitter, including Willie Horton (1975) and Rusty Staub (1978). Boston’s David Ortiz finished second with 58 second-place votes after batting .263 with 27 doubles, 35 homers and 104 RBI in 142 games for the Red Sox in 2014.
Victor batted .335 (.001 shy of his career best established in 2009 while with Boston) with 33 doubles, 32 home runs, 103 RBI and 87 runs scored in 151 games, finishing second in the AL Most Valuable Player Award voting behind unanimous winner Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Venezuelan native led the league with one strikeout every 15.26 plate appearances, a .409 on-base percentage and 28 intentional walks; he was second with a .335 batting average and a .565 slugging percentage; third with 57 multi-hit games; tied for fourth with 188 hits; and was fifth with 317 total bases. Martinez posted a .371 batting average vs. lefties (2nd in the AL) and hit an equally impressive .323 against right-handers (3rd in the AL).
His career-high 32 blasts helped the 35-year-old become the oldest player with at least 30 homers in a season since Edgar Martinez (37) in 2000. V-Mart struck out just 42 times to become the first player in Tigers history to hit 30-or-more homers and strike out 45-or-fewer times, and is the first Major Leaguer to do so since Barry Bonds (45 HR, 41 SO) in 2004. Martinez reached the 100-RBI plateau for the fifth time in his career, previously accomplishing the feat in 2011. Martinez (35 years, 270 days) was the third-oldest player in MLB history to have his first 30-home run, 100-RBI season with only Carlton Fisk (37 years, 272 days) and Edgar Martinez (37 years, 234 days) being older. The switch-hitting Martinez was selected to his fifth career All-Star Game, but did not make an appearance in Minneapolis’s edition of the Midsummer Classic in an AL victory this past July. Among his season highlights, Martinez recorded his 1,500th career hit on April 23rd vs. the White Sox; he was named the Tigers Player of the Month for March/April and August; he was voted the AL Player of the Month for the first time in his career in August after hitting .350 with five doubles, six homers, 30 RBI and 20 runs scored over the period; and he batted .378 (34-for-106) with seven doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and 15 runs scored over 26 games in September during Detroit’s stretch drive towards the Postseason.
Now in its 41st season, the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award was renamed by Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig in a September 2004 ceremony at Safeco Field in honor of the retiring Edgar Martinez. Ballots are cast by club beat writers, broadcasters and AL public relations departments with nominees including all players with a minimum of 100 at-bats as a designated hitter.
#Tigers fans showed up at ballparks all over the country with signs to cheer on their team from Detroit. Here are a few of our favorite signs from 2014!
Will we see your sign on Opening Day in 2015?
“Victor is one of the premier hitters in the league and we are thrilled that he will continue his career in a Tigers uniform,” said Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski. “His production in the middle of our lineup and veteran leadership are invaluable to our ballclub.”
“Victor’s presence both on the field and in the clubhouse is an essential part of this club,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “I have never seen a hitter more focused in the batter’s box than Victor, and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome him back.”
Martinez, the 35-year-old switch-hitter, batted .335 (188×561) with 87 runs scored, 33 doubles, 32 home runs and 103 RBI in 151 games for the Tigers in 2014. He led the American League with a .409 on base-percentage, 28 intentional walks and one strikeout every 15.26 plate appearances, ranked second with a .335 batting average and a .565 slugging percentage, third with 57 multi-hit games, tied for fourth with 188 hits, fifth with 317 total bases, seventh with 65 extra-base hits and a .326 batting average with runners in scoring position, tied for seventh with 103 RBI, and eighth with 32 home runs. Martinez established new career highs in hits, home runs, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Martinez became the first player in Tigers history to hit 30-or-more home runs and strike out 45-or-fewer times in a season and the first major league player to do so since Barry Bonds in 2004.
In 12 seasons at the major league level with the Cleveland Indians (2002-09), Boston Red Sox (2009-10) and Tigers (2011-present), Martinez is hitting .306 (1668×5445) with 344 doubles, three triples, 189 home runs and 927 RBI in 1,459 games. He has hit 20-or-more home runs in six seasons, while he has collected 100-or-more RBI in five seasons during his career. Additionally, Victor has batted .315 (47×149) with eight doubles, six home runs and 22 RBI in 39 games in his career during the postseason.
Martinez was selected to the American League All-Star team this past season which marked his fifth career selection and first with the Tigers. He earned AL Player of the Month honors for August after batting .350 (41×117) with 20 runs scored, five doubles, six home runs and 30 RBI. He was awarded the 2014 AL Silver Slugger Award as Designated Hitter and finished second in the 2014 AL Most Valuable Player BBWAA voting.
The Detroit Tigers today named David Newhan the Club’s assistant hitting coach.
“David brings major and minor league experience to our coaching staff and will work with Wally Joyner in preparing the hitters on a daily basis,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus.
Newhan joins the Tigers after spending one season in the Oakland Athletics organization as the manager for Single A Vermont. Prior to joining the Athletics, Newhan spent three seasons in the San Diego Padres organization, serving as the hitting coach for Single A Lake Elsinore.
Newman, 41, was drafted by Oakland in the 17th round of the 1995 MLB Draft. He went on to play professionally for 14 years, including parts of eight Major League seasons with the Padres (1999-2000), Phillies (2000-01), Orioles (2004-06), Mets (2007) and Astros (2008). His best season in the majors came in 2004 with Baltimore when he hit .311 with 15 doubles, seven triples, eight home runs and 54 RBI in 95 games. In 413 games in the big leagues, Newhan batted .253 with 23 doubles and 120 RBI. Newhan saw time at six different positions during his major league career, including playing 167 games in the outfield.
Newhan resides in Southern California with his wife, Karen, and their children, Nico and Gianna.
Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos was named the Tigers Rookie of the Year by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association today.
Castellanos hit .259 (138×533) with 50 runs scored, 31 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs and 66 RBI in 148 games. His 31 doubles were the 10th most by a rookie in franchise history and the most since Austin Jackson had 34 doubles in 2010.
Castellanos ranked second among American League rookies with 31 doubles, 66 RBI and 138 hits, while he was tied for fourth with 35 multi-hit games.
Castellanos will be presented with his award prior to a 2015 Tigers home game at Comerica Park. The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association has selected a Tigers Rookie of the Year since 1969.
Recipients of the Tigers Rookie of the Year Award
1969 – Mike Kilkenny, LHP
1970 – Elliott Maddox, 3B/OF
1971 – No Award
1972 – Chuck Seelbach, RHP
1973 – Dick Sharon, OF
1974 – Ron LeFlore, OF
1975 – Vern Ruhle, RHP
1976 – Mark Fidrych, RHP
1977 – Dave Rozema, RHP
1978 – Lou Whitaker, 2B
1979 – Lynn Jones, OF
1980 – Rick Peters, OF
1981 – No Award
1982 – Glenn Wilson, OF
1983 – Dave Gumpert, RHP
1984 – Barbaro Garbey, 1B
1985 – Nelson Simmons, OF
1986 – Eric King, RHP
1987 – Matt Nokes, C
1988 – Paul Gibson, LHP
1989 – Kevin Ritz, RHP
1990 – Travis Fryman, SS
1991 – Milt Cuyler, OF
1992 – Scott Livingstone, 3B
1993 – Chris Gomez, SS
1994 – Chris Gomez, SS
1995 – Bobby Higginson, OF
1996 – Tony Clark, 1B
1997 – Delvi Cruz, SS
1998 – Matt Anderson, RHP
1999 – Gabe Kapler, OF
2000 – Jose Macias, 2B/3B
2001 – Victor Santos, RHP
2002 – Carlos Pena, 1B
2003 – Craig Monroe, OF
2004 – Nook Logan, OF
2005 – Curtis Granderson, OF
2006 – Justin Verlander, RHP
2007 – Ryan Raburn, OF
2008 – Armando Galarraga, RHP
2009 – Rick Porcello, RHP
2010 – Austin Jackson, OF
2011 – Al Alburquerque, RHP
2012 – Quintin Berry, OF
2013 – Jose Iglesias, SS
2014 – Nick Castellanos, 3B
Victor Martinez has been selected the Tiger of the Year in voting conducted by the Detroit Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Martinez earned 17 of a possible 21 first place votes to capture the award for the first time in his career. Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, J.D. Martinez and Max Scherzer each received one vote.
Martinez, 35, won the award after leading the American League with a .409 on-base percentage and 28 intentional walks, while he was second with a .335 batting average and a .565 slugging percentage, third with 57 multi-hit games, tied for fourth with 188 hits an
d 15 game-winning RBI, fifth with 317 total bases, seventh with 65 extra-base hits, tied for seventh with 103 RBI, eighth with 32 home runs and 10th with a .326 batting average with runners in scoring position.
Since joining the Tigers in 2011, Martinez has batted .321 (548×1706) with 231 runs scored, 109 doubles, 58 home runs and 289 RBI in 455 games.
Miguel Cabrera won the award each of the past two seasons.
Recipients of the Tiger of the Year Award:
1965 – Don Wert
1966 – Al Kaline
1967 – Bill Freehan
1968 – Denny McLain
1969 – Denny McLain
1970 – Tom Timmerman
1971 – Mickey Lolich
1972 – Ed Brinkman
1973 – John Hiller
1974 – Al Kaline
1975 – Willie Horton
1976 – Mark Fidrych
1977 – Ron LeFlore
1978 – Ron LeFlore
1979 – Steve Kemp
1980 – Alan Trammell
1981 – Kirk Gibson
1982 – Lance Parrish
1983 – Lou Whitaker
1984 – Willie Hernandez
1985 – Darrell Evans
1986 – Jack Morris
1987 – Alan Trammell
1988 – Alan Trammell
1989 – Lou Whitaker
1990 – Cecil Fielder
1991 – Cecil Fielder
1992 – Cecil Fielder
1993 – Tony Phillips
1994 – Kirk Gibson
1995 – Travis Fryman
1996 – Travis Fryman
1997 – Tony Clark and Bobby Higginson (tie)
1998 – Damion Easley
1999 – Dean Palmer
2000 – Bobby Higginson
2001 – Steve Sparks
2002 – Randall Simon
2003 – Dmitri Young
2004 – Ivan Rodriguez
2005 – Placido Polanco
2006 – Carlos Guillen
2007 – Magglio Ordonez
2008 – Miguel Cabrera
2009 – Justin Verlander
2010 – Miguel Cabrera
2011 – Justin Verlander
2012 – Miguel Cabrera
2013 – Miguel Cabrera
2014 – Victor Martinez