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#DETCaravan Day 2 Recap

The #Tigers continued their Winter Caravan today with stops around the state of Michigan and Metro Detroit. Here are some of the highlights…

Thanks to the Northville fire department for the tour. #heroes #honkedthehorn #DETcaravan #tigerfest

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#DETCaravan Day 1 Recap

The 2015 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan rolled out of Comerica Park this afternoon to visit fans around the state of Michigan. Here are some of the highlights from Day 1:

Bubble blowing contest. Before and after. #DETCaravan

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2015 TIGERS WINTER CARAVAN PLAYER APPEARANCES ANNOUNCED

The 2015 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan, presented by Oakland University and in partnership with FOX Sports Detroit, is set for Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23, and features an exciting lineup of stops throughout the state of Michigan. Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski, Executive Vice President of Business Operations Duane McLean, Vice President/Assistant General Manager Al Avila, Vice President, Baseball Legal Counsel John Westhoff, Special Assistant to the General Manager Alan Trammell, Manager Brad Ausmus, coaches, players, broadcasters, and Detroit’s favorite mascot PAWS, will take part in a two-day journey across the region, spreading baseball fever to fans of all ages.

The 2015 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan will be making more than 30 stops throughout the region, including 12 new locations and three cities never before visited by the Tigers Winter Caravan. The Metro Bus will make a stop in Northville, while the North Bus will debut in Lake City and Grayling.

Metro Bus

Wednesday, January 21

West Michigan Whitecaps Winter Banquet 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture
100 E. Beltline Ave, Grand Rapids
DOMBROWSKI, LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, TRAMMELL
· Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski, Special Assistant to the General Manager Alan Trammell and Tigers players will participate at a seated dinner for fans.

Thursday, January 22

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Kellogg Center
219 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing
DOMBROWSKI
· Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski will be the keynote speaker addressing the Economic Club of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 1:50-2:35 p.m.
1600 East Warren Ave, Detroit
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, BERNARD, CLARK, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, LAMONT, MACHADO, MARTIN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, NATHAN, PRICE, SMITH, VERLANDER, VIZQUEL, WILSON AND BROADCASTERS ROD ALLEN AND DAN DICKERSON
· Tigers players will participate in an employee rally, which will include a jersey presentation to honor the 100th anniversary of the banks’ first day of operation in November of 2014.

Buffalo Wild Wings 1:40-2:25 p.m.
1234 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills
CASTELLANOS, J.D. MARTINEZ
· Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez will serve as celebrity servers at Buffalo Wild Wings.
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Oakland University 2:45-3:30 p.m.
2200 North Squirrel Road, Rochester Hills
CASTELLANOS, J.D. MARTINEZ
· Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez provide a baseball skills demonstration for OU Cares program participants and participate in a question-and-answer session with the program participants, guests and Oakland University student athletes
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.

Lipari Foods and Winter’s Sausage 3:05-4:20 p.m.
26661 Bunert, Warren
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, BERNARD, CLARK, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, LAMONT, MACHADO, MARTIN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, NATHAN, PRICE, SMITH, VERLANDER, VIZQUEL, WILSON AND BROADCASTERS ROD ALLEN AND DAN DICKERSON
· Tigers players and coaches will participate in an employee rally where Brad Ausmus, Victor Martinez and Justin Verlander will be paired with Lipari employees for a sandwich making contest. Alex Avila, Joe Nathan and David Price will judge the contest.

Detroit Tigers Kids Club Rally 4:45-6:00 p.m.
Sterling Heights High School – Performing Arts Theatre 12901 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights
BERNARD, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KROL, MACHADO, NATHAN, PRICE, SMITH, VERLANDER, WILSON
· Tigers players will participate in an interactive event that includes raffle prizes, games and promotional giveaways.
· Tigers players will also present a jersey in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts (WCSPA).
· WCSPA hosts the final round of its singing competition with the winner receiving the opportunity to sing the National Anthem prior to a 2015 Tigers home game.
· In addition, Tigers players will host a meet-and-greet with two young fans from the Tigers Dreams Come True Program, and select members of the Detroit Tigers Kids Club.
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Limited tickets will be available to the public on the day of the event
· Seating is limited, first come, first serve.

Hockeytown Authentics 5:15-6:00 p.m.
1845 East Big Beaver Road, Troy
CASTELLANOS, J.D. MARTINEZ
· Fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez in exchange for a donation of new, packaged, warm men’s or women’s socks to benefit the Neighborhood Service Organization’s Homeless Recovery program. In exchange for a donation of socks, fans will receive a wristband to take one photo with the Tigers players.
· Please note, a maximum of 150 wristbands will be distributed. Wristband distribution will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Hockeytown Authentics.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

TigerTalk: A Helping Hens Charity Benefit 6:00-7:30 p.m..
Fifth Third Field
406 Washington Street, Toledo, OH
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA
· Brad Ausmus and Alex Avila will participate in a question-and-answer session at a seated dinner for fans.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
· Ticketed Event; To order tickets call 419-725-4367 or visit http://bit.ly/1G1RKXV

Friday, January 22

FOX Sports Detroit 10:45-11:45 a.m.
26555 Evergreen Road Suite 90, Southfield
VICTOR MARTINEZ, PRICE
· Tigers players will participate in a meet-and-greet reception with Fox Sports Detroit sponsors and clients.

Northville City Fire Department 10:45-11:45 a.m.
215 N. Main Street, Northville
ALEX AVILA, BERNARD, CASTELLANOS, DICKERSON, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KROL, MACHADO, J.D. MARTINEZ, NATHAN, LAMONT, SMITH, WILSON, BROADCASTER DAN DICKERSON AND TIGERS EXECUTIVES DUANE MCLEAN AND JOHN WESTHOFF
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Northville City Fire Department (NCFD) by participating in a special employee rally and jersey presentation.
· Alex Avila and Joe Nathan will partake in a “Suit Up” competition accompanied by two NCFD firefighters. The Tigers players will race to see who can suit-up in the firefighter’s gear the fastest.

Michigan State Police Crime Lab 11:15-12:00 p.m.
42145 W. 7 Mile Road, Northville
AUSMUS, KINSLER, MARTIN, VERLANDER, VIZQUEL
· Crime Lab scientists will educate Tigers players and coaches in Latent Print and Trace Evidence testing and participate in an employee rally.

Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m.
882 Oakman Blvd, Detroit
DOMBROWSKI, CLARK, VICTOR MARTINEZ, PRICE AND BROADCASTER ROD ALLEN
· Tigers personnel will present a jersey to the NSO to recognize its 60th anniversary during a rally for NSO employees, volunteers and residents.

DTE 1:00-1:40 p.m.
1 Energy Plaza, Detroit
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, BERNARD, CASTELLANOS, CLARK, DOMBROWSKI, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, LAMONT, MACHADO, J.D. MARTINEZ, MARTIN, NATHAN, VICTOR MARTINEZ, PRICE, SMITH, VERLANDER, VIZQUEL, WILSON AND BROADCASTERS ROD ALLEN AND DAN DICKERSON
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will participate in an employee rally.

DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan 1:55-3:00 p.m.
3901 Beaubien Street, Detroit
BERNARD, CASTELLANOS, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, MACHADO, J.D. MARTINEZ, NATHAN, SMITH, VERLANDER, WILSON
· Tigers players will visit select patient rooms and present each child with a gift.
· Tigers mascot PAWS will be in attendance.

United States Customs and Border Protection Agency 1:55-2:55 p.m.
2810 W. Fort Street, Detroit
AUSMUS, ALEX AVILA, CLARK, LAMONT, MARTIN, PRICE, VICTOR MARTINEZ, VIZQUEL AND BROADCASTER DAN DICKERSON
· Tigers players will learn about the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency and the Canada Border Services Agency, and participate in a rally with agency officers.

North American International Auto Show 3:15-4:15 p.m.
One Washington Boulevard, Detroit
BERNARD, CASTELLANOS, FARMER, FIELDS, HARDY, KINSLER, KROL, MACHADO, J.D. MARTINEZ, NATHAN, SMITH, VERLANDER, WILSON AND BROADCASTER ROD ALLEN
· Players will participate in the “Cars On Parade” along the auto show floor and will take part in a question and answer session in the Chevrolet display area.
· Tigers players will host a special guest from the Tigers Dreams Come True program. The teenager will ride along with Tigers representatives during the parade and later have a private meet-and-greet with Tigers representatives.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
1211 Trumbull, Detroit
VICTOR MARTINEZ, OMAR VIZQUEL
· Victor Martinez and Omar Vizquel will tour the facility and participate in a special ribbon cutting ceremony for Southwest Detroit’s FIRST Robotics build site, the Robotics and Engineering Center of Detroit.

NORTH BUS

Thursday, January 22

Lake City Fire Department 12:00-12:45 p.m.
115 John Street, Lake City
LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, TRAMMELL
· Kyle Lobstein, James McCann and Alan Trammell will present the fire department with a jersey in recognition of 100 years of service.

Traverse City Chamber of Commerce 3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
202 E Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City
LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, TRAMMELL
· Kyle Lobstein, James McCann and Alan Trammell will present a jersey to the Chamber of Commerce in recognition of its 100th anniversary.

Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Camp Grayling, Grayling
ALBURQUERQUE, AL AVILA, BILLMEYER, CESPEDES, COLLINS, DAVIS, GOSE, GREENE, HOLADAY, IGLESIAS, JONES, JOYNER, MOYA, NEWHAN, PEREZ, ROMINE, RONDON, RYAN, SIMON, VERHAGEN, ZEID AND BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will tour the Training Center and participate in interactive simulations.
· Following the tour, the players, coaches and executives will participate in a question and answer, and photo session with military personnel and their families.

Friday, January 23

Northern Michigan Rotary Club Alliance Business Breakfast 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Blvd., Grand Traverse
ALBURQUERQUE, AL AVILA, BILLMEYER, CESPEDES, COLLINS, DAVIS, GOSE, GREENE, HOLADAY, IGLESIAS, JONES, JOYNER, LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, MOYA, NEWHAN, PEREZ, ROMINE, RONDON, RYAN, SIMON, TRAMMELL, VERHAGEN, ZEID AND BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA
100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Blvd., Williamsburg
· Tigers players, coaches and executives participate in a rally with Rotary Club members and guests.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC / Ticketed Event
· Tickets for the Grand Traverse Resort Business Breakfast are being sold by several northern MI rotary clubs. They can be purchased ($40 each) here:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-tigers-winter-caravan-tour-tickets-15021268017

Zehnder’s Snowfest 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
730 South Main Street, Frankenmuth
ALBURQUERQUE, AL AVILA, BILLMEYER, CESPEDES, COLLINS, DAVIS, GOSE, GREENE, HOLADAY, IGLESIAS, JONES, JOYNER, LOBSTEIN, MCCANN, MOYA, NEWHAN, PEREZ, ROMINE, RONDON, RYAN, SIMON, TRAMMELL, VERHAGEN, ZEID AND BROADCASTER MARIO IMPEMBA
· Tigers players will participate in the annual Snowfest event.
· Guests are encouraged to donate items for care packages to be sent to troops overseas.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

TIGERS INVITE 17 PLAYERS TO MAJOR LEAGUE CAMP

MAC_139_02172014The Detroit #Tigers today announced the following 17 players have been invited to major league camp this spring in Lakeland, FL:

Righthanded pitchers: Alberto Cabrera, Rafael Dolis, Joel Hanrahan, Tim
Melville, Luke Putkonen

Lefthanded pitchers: Omar Duran, Joe Mantiply

Catchers: Miguel Gonzalez, Austin Green, Grayson Greiner, Manny Pina

Infielders: Jordan Lennerton, Jefry Marte, Aaron Westlake, Josh Wilson

Outfielders: Xavier Avery, Jason Krizan

As previously announced, the following staff members will be in uniform at major league camp this spring: Manny Crespo, Bill Dancy, Joe DePastino, Leon “Bull” Durham, Bruce Fields, Scott Fletcher, Mike Henneman, Mike Maroth, Dave Owen, Lance Parrish, Larry Parrish, Gerald Perry, Brian Peterson, Gene Roof and A.J. Sager. Additionally, Willie Horton, Al Kaline and Alan Trammell will be in uniform this spring. Corey Tremble, Chris McDonald and T.J. Saunders will assist the major league training staff this spring, while Steve Chase and Fred Murphy will work with the Tigers strength and conditioning coordinators Chris Walter and Kyle Bergman.

The first pitchers and catchers workout in Lakeland will be on February 20, while the first full squad workout will be on February 24.

2015 Tigers Winter Caravan Ready to Roll

2014 Detroit Tigers Caravan Photos by Mark CunninghamThe 2015 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan, presented by Oakland University and in partnership with FOX Sports Detroit, is set for Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23, and features an exciting lineup of stops throughout the state of Michigan. Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski, Vice President/Assistant General Manager Al Avila, Special Assistant to the General Manager Alan Trammell, Manager Brad Ausmus, coaches, players, broadcasters, and Detroit’s favorite mascot PAWS, will take part in a two-day journey across the region, spreading baseball fever to fans of all ages.

“We are thrilled to begin the 2015 season with the Tigers Winter Caravan,” said Elaine Lewis, Tigers Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Planning. “This annual event gives the organization, its management, players and coaches a special opportunity to meet and interact with all of the incredible Tigers fans throughout the state of Michigan and northern Ohio.”

The 2015 Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan will be making more than 30 stops throughout the region, including 12 new locations and three cities never before visited by the Tigers Winter Caravan. The Metro Bus will make a stop in Northville, while the North Bus will debut in Lake City and Grayling.

Fans can follow along by following the #Tigers social media accounts and the hashtag #DETCaravan.

Metro Bus

Wednesday, January 21
West Michigan Whitecaps Winter Banquet 6:00-9:00 p.m.
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
· Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski and Tigers players will participate at a seated dinner for fans.

Thursday, January 22
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Kellogg Center, Lansing
· Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski will be the keynote speaker addressing the Economic Club of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago 1:50-2:35 p.m.
1600 East Warren Ave, Detroit
· Tigers players will participate in an employee rally, which will include a jersey presentation to honor the 100th anniversary of the banks’ first day of operation in November of 2014.

Buffalo Wild Wings 1:40-2:25 p.m.
1234 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills
· Two Tigers players will serve as celebrity servers at Buffalo Wild Wings.
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Oakland University 2:45-3:30 p.m.
2200 North Squirrel Road, Rochester Hills
· Tigers players will provide a baseball skills demonstration for OU Cares program participants and participate in a question-and-answer session with the program participants, guests and Oakland University student athletes
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.

Lipari Foods and Winter’s Sausage 3:05-4:20 p.m.
26661 Bunert, Warren
· Tigers players and coaches will participate in an employee rally where they will be paired with Lipari employees for a sandwich making contest. Select Tigers players will judge the contest.

Detroit Tigers Kids Club Rally 4:45-6:00 p.m.
Sterling Heights High School – Performing Arts Theatre 12901 15 Mile Road, Sterling Heights
· Tigers players will participate in an interactive event that includes raffle prizes, games and promotional giveaways.
· Tigers players will also present a jersey in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Warren Consolidated School of Performing Arts (WCSPA).
· WCSPA hosts the final round of its singing competition with the winner receiving the opportunity to sing the National Anthem prior to a 2015 Tigers home game.
· In addition, Tigers players will host a meet-and-greet with two young fans from the Tigers Dreams Come True Program, and select members of the Detroit Tigers Kids Club.
· Tigers mascot PAWS will also be in attendance.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Ticketed event.
· Seating is limited, first come, first serve.

Hockeytown Authentics 5:15-6:00 p.m.
1845 East Big Beaver Road, Troy
· Fans will have the opportunity to take a photo with two Tigers players in exchange for a donation of new, packaged, warm men’s or women’s socks to benefit the Neighborhood Service Organization’s Homeless Recovery program. In exchange for a donation of socks, fans will receive a wristband to take one photo with the Tigers players.
· Please note, a maximum of 150 wristbands will be distributed. Wristband distribution will begin at 4:00 p.m. at Hockeytown Authentics.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Toledo Mud Hens 6:00-7:30 p.m..
Fifth Third Field
406 Washington Street, Toledo, OH
· Tigers players will participate in a question-and-answer session at a seated dinner for fans.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
· Ticketed Event; To order tickets call 419-725-4367 or visit http://bit.ly/1G1RKXV

Friday, January 22

FOX Sports Detroit 10:45-11:45 a.m.
26555 Evergreen Road Suite 90, Southfield
· Tigers players will participate in a meet-and-greet reception with Fox Sports Detroit sponsors and clients.

Northville City Fire Department 10:45-11:45 a.m.
215 N. Main Street, Northville
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Northville City Fire Department (NCFD) by participating in a special employee rally and jersey presentation.
· Two Tigers players will partake in a “Suit Up” competition accompanied by two NCFD firefighters. The Tigers players will race to see who can suit-up in the firefighter’s gear the fastest.

Michigan State Police Crime Lab 11:15-12:00 p.m.
42145 W. 7 Mile Road, Northville
· Crime Lab scientists will educate Tigers players and coaches in Latent Print and Trace Evidence testing and participate in an employee rally.

Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) 11:30 a.m.- 12:10 p.m.
882 Oakman Blvd, Detroit
· Tigers personnel will present a jersey to the NSO to recognize its 60th anniversary during a rally for NSO employees, volunteers and residents.

DTE 1:00-1:40 p.m.
1 Energy Plaza, Detroit
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will participate in an employee rally.

DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan 1:55-3:00 p.m.
3901 Beaubien Street, Detroit
· Tigers players will visit select patient rooms and present each child with a gift.
· Tigers mascot PAWS will be in attendance.

United States Customs and Border Protection Agency 1:55-2:55 p.m.
2810 W. Fort Street, Detroit
· Tigers players will learn about the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency and the Canadian Border Services Agency, and participate in a rally with agency officers.

North American International Auto Show 3:15-4:15 p.m.
One Washington Boulevard, Detroit
· Players will participate in the “Cars On Parade” along the auto show floor and will take part in a question and answer session in the Chevrolet display area.
· Tigers players will host a special guest from the Tigers Dreams Come True program. The teenager will ride along with Tigers representatives during the parade and later have a private meet-and-greet with Tigers representatives.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
1211 Trumbull, Detroit
· A Tigers player and coach will tour the facility and participate in a special ribbon cutting ceremony for Southwest Detroit’s FIRST Robotics build site, the Robotics and Engineering Center of Detroit.

NORTH BUS

Thursday, January 22
Lake City Fire Department 12:00-12:45 p.m.
115 John Street, Lake City
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will present the fire department with a jersey in recognition of 100 years of service.

Traverse City Chamber of Commerce 3:15 – 3:45 p.m.
202 E Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will present a jersey to the Chamber of Commerce in recognition of its 100th anniversary.

Camp Grayling Joint Maneuver Training Center 4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Camp Grayling, Grayling
· Tigers players, coaches and executives will tour the Training Center and participate in interactive simulations.
· Following the tour, the players, coaches and executives will participate in a question and answer, and photo session with military personnel and their families.

Friday, January 23
Northern Michigan Rotary Club Alliance Business Breakfast 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
100 Grand Traverse Resort Village Blvd., Williamsburg
· Tigers players, coaches and executives participate in a rally with Rotary Club members and guests.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC / Ticketed Event

Zehnder’s Snowfest 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
730 South Main Street, Frankenmuth
· Tigers players will participate in the annual Snowfest event.
· Guests are encouraged to donate items for care packages to be sent to troops overseas.
· OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

TIGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH TOM GORZELANNY

brewers2The Detroit Tigers announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with lefthanded pitcher Tom Gorzelanny.

“We are pleased to add a veteran pitcher like Tom to our ballclub,” said Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski. “Tom is an established reliever who can help solidify the bullpen on the left side and will be a nice addition to our roster.”

Gorzelanny, 32, compiled a 0-0 record, a 0.86 ERA (21.0IP/2ER) and 23 strikeouts in 23 relief appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2014 season. He began the season late recovering from offseason left shoulder surgery and ended up not allowing a run in 20 of his 23 appearances in 2014.

Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2nd round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Gorzelanny has played parts of 10 seasons at the major league level with the Pirates (2005-09), Chicago Cubs (2009-10), Washington Nationals (2011-12) and Brewers (2013-14). During his career, the 6-3, 210 lbs. lefthanded pitcher has posted a 47-51 record, 4.27 ERA (841.1IP/399ER) and 674 strikeouts in 259 career appearances (121 games started).

To create a spot on the 40-man roster, the Tigers have designated righthanded pitcher Luke Putkonen for assignment.

TIGERS ACQUIRE YOENIS CESPEDES, ALEX WILSON, AND GABE SPEIER FROM RED SOX IN EXCHANGE FOR RICK PORCELLO

YC3The 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.

TIGERS ACQUIRE ALFREDO SIMON FROM REDS IN EXCHANGE FOR EUGENIO SUAREZ AND JONATHON CRAWFORD

485499235The 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.

Steven Moya Named to 2014 Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team

Detroit Tigers vs San Francisco Giants 9-5-2014.  Photo by Mark Cunningham.

 

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

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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.

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