According to wikipedia:
It sounds like it will almost be like the franchise tag in football. If you have a potential free agent on your team, you have to offer him a one-year deal north of $12 million. I assume then that if another team comes in with a bigger offer, you get compensated. I don't see the Tigers trading Elmon unless the season falls apart and they're 12 games back at the deadline. I also don't see them making him a big offer after the season, so this is probably his farewell tour in Detroit. You never know, though -- if he has a monster year the Tigers might be willing to shell out some money.After the 2012 draft, free agents will no longer be classified by "type". Instead, a team will only be able to receive compensation if it makes its former player an offer at least equal to the average of the 125 richest contracts. However, if a player is traded during the final season of his contract, his new team will be ineligible to receive any compensation.
Hoffman and Ortega sent down:
http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ss..._reliever.htmlThe Detroit Tigers are slowly inching their way to a 25-man roster.
Left-handed reliever Matt Hoffman and right-hander Jose Ortega were optioned to Triple-A Toledo, the team announced early Monday.
Competing for a middle-relief job, Hoffman allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings, with two walks and six strikeouts.
He returns to Triple-A Toledo for the third straight year where he went 2-5 with an impressive 3.18 ERA in 62 1/3 innings pitched last year.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland mentioned Ortega on Friday as one of three right-handers that could fill the final spot in the team's bullpen. Brayan Villarreal and Luis Marte are the other two.
Right-handed reliever Chris Bootcheck also remains in camp, but is a long shot to make the Opening Day roster.
Ortega, who spent last season in Triple-A Toledo, gave up a run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings with four walks and four strikeouts this spring. He struggled with the Mud Hens last season, going 1-3 with a 6.30 ERA in 33 appearances.
The Tigers now have 49 players remaining in camp, including 18 pitchers -- although right-hander Al Alburquerque is expected to open the season on the disabled list.
JV's been out in the sun for sure.
http://www.freep.com/article/2012032...53/1048/sportsIt’s hard to say exactly what it means, but Detroit Tigers rotation candidate Drew Smyly didn’t allow a run in the four innings he pitched in a minor league game against Atlanta Braves farmhands today.
The left-hander allowed two hits, both on broken bats. He walked one and struck out seven.
Smyly clearly did nothing to hurt his chances of winning the four-man competition for the open spot in the rotation. His three opponents are fellow left-handers Andy Oliver, Duane Below and Adam Wilk.
Smyly next will start against Houston on Tuesday, pitching coach Jeff Jones said. In eight innings of exhibition play, Smyly has a 1.13 ERA -- the best among the four rotation candidates.
In his final inning today, Smyly struck out the side on 12 pitches.
“Jim (Leyland) told him before that inning he had 15 pitches left,” Jones said.
Smyly’s response: “Don’t worry, I’ll get it done.”
Smyly, 22, said he likes a challenge. As he finished his work early this afternoon, it was exactly two weeks before the Tigers would be standing on the third-base foul line at Comerica Park, to be introduced on Opening Day, April 5.
Will Smyly be among the Tigers standing there that day?
btw, how many pitches did Smyly throw?
Wilk sent to AAA:
http://beck.mlblogs.com/2012/03/24/w...ned-to-toledo/Wilk optioned to Toledo
The competition for the two open spots on the Tigers pitching staff is down one. Detroit optioned lefty Adam Wilk to Triple-A Toledo this morning.
Wilk was seen as a candidate for the rotation and the bullpen, having pitched in Detroit down the stretch last year, but he did not have a particularly strong spring, allowing 10 runs on 19 hits in 12 innings over five appearances. Much of that damage came in his last two outings, yielding seven earned runs on 12 hits over just 5 1/3 innings against the Cardinals and Twins.
The move drops Detroit’s pitching ranks in camp to 16, not counting injured Al Alburquerque. Manager Jim Leyland said Friday that the decisions on the fifth starter and seventh reliever will go “real late” in camp.
If, as Leyland has said, Turner is all but out of the rotation running after being shut down with shoulder tendinitis, then the rotation spot is a three-man race between Duane Below, Andy Oliver and Drew Smyly. Below could also be part of the bullpen mix if he doesn’t win a starting job, but with three lefties competing to start, right-handers Brayan Villarreal and Luis Marte would seemingly have an edge there, with Chris Bootcheck still around to make things interesting.
A lot of talk on Twitter that Quintin Berry has a real shot at making the team..Who would he get a spot over? Dirks? Clete? Inge?
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inge hitting 171 in spring.. there is no reason he makes this team other than his contract
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