Relaxed Castellanos embracing leadership role

Castellanos on his role in 2018 DETROIT — Four years have passed since Nicholas Castellanos broke into the big leagues with the Tigers, as a highly-touted prospect with Detroit roots. As he talked with reporters at TigerFest on Saturday at Comerica Park, it might be the most comfortable the 25-year-old has seemed in his role here. At a time when Castellanos’ future in Detroit isn’t entirely clear, two years away from free agency on a team in the early stages of a rebuilding project, the Tigers’ starting right fielder sounds not only relaxed and comfortable, but prepared to take […]

Phillies sign 6-time All-Star to minor-league deal

The Phillies on Saturday night signed veteran relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez to a minor-league contract with an invite to big-league camp. The Phillies on Saturday night signed veteran relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez to a minor-league contract with an invite to big-league camp, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. Rodriguez will make $2.5 million if he makes the Phillies’ opening day roster The 36-year-old Rodriguez will compete for a job in the Phillies’ deep bullpen. The Phillies bolstered their bullpen this winter, signing relievers Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter to join closer Hector Neris and Luis Garcia. In 28 […]

4 Tigers arms land on Top 100 Prospects list

Top Prospects: Perez, DET DETROIT — As the Tigers embark on a rebuilding project built around pitching, they got a reminder just how much potential they have. Four right-handed Tigers starting pitching prospects landed on MLB Pipeline’s latest rankings of the Top 100 prospects across baseball. Franklin Perez , the top prospect from last summer’s Justin Verlander trade with Houston, joins former first-round Draft picks Matt Manning, Alex Faedo and Beau Burrows. Perez leads the group at 39th on the list. Manning lands at 55th, Faedo 59th and Burrows 77th. • MLB Pipeline’s 2018 Top 100 Prospects list Only […]

Castellanos ready for leadership role with rebuilding Tigers

FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers’ Nicholas Castellanos flips his bat after striking out against the Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. With 580 big league games under his belt, Nicholas Castellanos certainly qualifies as a veteran on the rebuilding Detroit Tigers. (AP Photo/John Autey, File) DETROIT (AP) — With 580 big league games under his belt, Nicholas Castellanos qualifies as a veteran on the rebuilding Detroit Tigers . He’s still only 25. As Castellanos takes on a bigger leadership role this year, he made it clear he’ll […]

Tigers serve as bank tellers on Winter Caravan

2018 Tigers Caravan: Day 1 ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. — Friday was one day not to go through the drive-thru window or the automated teller machine at the Comerica Bank in this Detroit suburb. If you did want to make a transaction, Nicholas Castellanos and Daniel Norris weren’t going to be of much help. "I can’t actually do anything procedural, if you actually want to make a transaction," Castellanos politely explained to a customer, noting he wasn’t supposed to handle any money during this stop on the Tigers’ Winter Caravan. Castellanos, could, however, offer a piggy bank, which he autographed. […]

Tigers slightly change their uniforms and some fans absolutely hate it

The Detroit Tigers have one of baseball’s most iconic uniforms. Any changes they’d make — aside from MLB’s holiday uniforms — would be minimal at most. But as we learned Thursday, even slight changes are too much for some Tigers fans. The Tigers announced a tweak to their uniforms for 2018: They’re making the Olde English D on their uniforms and cap match, because they hadn’t in the past. They’re taking inspiration from the team’s 1904 and 1905 uniforms for the new D. Have a look at these before and afters: Not a *HUGE* difference, right? The D on […]

Tigers honor history with unified Olde English D

Uniformity in the ‘D’ DETROIT — The Tigers’ iconic Olde English D is getting a "new" look — and finally, a consistent look. It’s not technically new, because it’s the same D the team has used on its caps for 50 years. But by using that same style D on the home jerseys, and making the D slightly larger on the caps, the Tigers will have a different look for 2018. It’s a big change for a franchise ever mindful of the place its traditional logo holds in the history of Detroit and the hearts of many from here. […]

Tigers GM Avila says Fulmer, Martinez having no setbacks

FILE – In this Aug. 14, 2017, file photo, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Tigers general manager Al Avila says right-hander Michael Fulmer and designated hitter Victor Martinez are expected to be at full strength at spring training. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File) DETROIT (AP) — Michael Fulmer and Victor Martinez are expected to be at full strength at spring training for the Detroit Tigers . General manager Al Avila gave an update on their status Wednesday following a luncheon with Detroit Sports […]

Avila: Tigers will take long view for any additions

Avila on slow free-agent market DETROIT — The Tigers bolstered their revival from 119 losses to American League champions a decade ago by picking up star players who lingered on the free-agent market. As this year’s market stagnates, they’re still looking for another deal or two beyond Wednesday’s Minor League deals with infielder Alexi Amarista , right-hander Matt West and left-handers James Russell and Caleb Thielbar . "We still have a possibility of picking up a couple of guys, maybe another starting pitcher, maybe another reliever, maybe another position player," general manager Al Avila said Wednesday during his annual […]

McCann, Tigers reach deal to avoid arbitration

SECURITY WARNING: Please treat the URL above as you would your password and do not share it with anyone. See the Facebook Help Center for more information. DETROIT — The Tigers began their annual task of settling arbitration cases Thursday by signing catcher James McCann to a one-year, $2.375 million contract. The deal avoids arbitration with the first-time eligible catcher just before players and teams are scheduled to exchange numbers Friday. Detroit has five more eligible players with whom to try to negotiate: Shortstop Jose Iglesias , outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and relievers Shane Greene , Blaine Hardy and Alex […]