7.4, 5.7. 2.0T
Do you think the old Sanchez is back? Last nice was a dominate performance.
FoxSports said:Tigers left fielder Cespedes is telling friends that he wants to re-sign with the club – and that he would maintain that desire even if the Tigers traded him and he became a free agent.
Either way, Cespedes would not be tied to a draft pick. His original contract with the A's stipulated that his team must release him rather than offer him salary arbitration. A team cannot extend a qualifying offer to such a player.
Ive been watching every game, it just gets a little hard to be excited about a mediocre team at this point. Awful starting pitching, and then when JV finally has a good outing we score one run.It's been crickets in here. No comment on the trade deadline buy/sell speculations? Maybe everyone has tuned the Tigers out since they're struggle to play .500 ball.
detnews.com said:Detroit — Dave Dombrowski is out as general manager of the Detroit Tigers.
After a disappointing first half of the season, the Tigers were in sell mode, trading coveted free agents David Price, Yoenis Cespedes and Joakim Soria before the deadline.
On Tuesday, the Tigers lost an even bigger piece of their success over the last decade.
Dombrowski, who had served as general manager and executive vice president of baseball operations for 14 seasons, was released from his contract. Assistant general manager Al Avila assumed the responsibilities of GM and executive vice president, reporting to owner Mike Ilitch.
“I would like to thank Dave Dombrowski for his 14 years of service,” Ilitch said in a news release.
"Together we’ve enjoyed some success, but we’re still in aggressive pursuit of our ultimate goal: to bring a World Series title to Detroit and Michigan.
“I’ve decided to release Dave from his contract in order to afford him the time to pursue other career opportunities. I feel this is the right time for the Tigers to move forward under new leadership.”
Al Avila (Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Detroit News)
Dombrowski did not have a contract for next year and is regarded as one of the best general managers not only in baseball, but in sports.
Avila, 57, has 24 years of baseball experience, including time with the Florida Marlins as the director of Latina American operations.
"I’m very excited for this opportunity, and honored and grateful to Mr. Ilitch for having the faith and trust in me to run the ballclub in our continuing pursuit of a World Series championship,” Avila said. “After 24 years in professional baseball and 14 with the Detroit Tigers, I believe I’m uniquely qualified to be successful in this role in leading this organization. We’re confident we can make a strong push to win this year, and that we have the foundation in place to win next year and for years to come.”
Avila helped bring Cabrera to the Marlins in 1999 and was promoted to assistant general manager in 2001. He joined the Tigers in 2002 as assistant general manager and helped bring Cabrera to the Tigers from the Marlins in 2007.
“Al Avila is a true baseball man,” Ilitch said. “He’s been involved in every facet of the game as a college head coach, scout and executive. His track record in identifying and developing talent is extremely impressive.
“I’m confident that Al will bring his own approach and his own style to the general manager position. He’s worked extremely hard over the course of his career to afford himself this opportunity with the Detroit Tigers.”
DetNews said:Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd arrived this week, making clear why the Tigers wanted those two young left-handed starters in last week's trade for David Price.
But the right-hander, Michael Fulmer, sent to Detroit as part of a package that delivered Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets, was also highly regarded. And his skills were obvious during Tuesday's start for Double A Erie.
Fulmer pitched 6.2 innings for the SeaWolves in a 3-0 victory over Portland, in Fulmer's first outing for the Tigers organization.
Fulmer, 22, allowed two hits and struck out six, while walking two. His fastball cruised between 97 and 91 mph, sitting most regularly at 94. His slider, which is acknowledged as Fulmer's out-pitch, was particularly sharp.
Fulmer was a first-round draft pick (44th overall) by the Mets in 2011 as he departed Deer Creek High in Edmond, Oklahoma.
His combined numbers for 2015, spanning two Single A stops and two Double A teams: 7-2, 1.90 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 99.2 innings, 79 hits, 98 strikeouts, 25 walks.
"I just wanted to go in there and make a good first impression with this great Tigers organization," Fulmer told MLB.com. "I've heard great things about the players and the whole organization."
Fulmer could be headed for Detroit yet this season, perhaps after roster limits open on Sept. 1.