As this odd hot stove season lingers on, we crunched the numbers to see who benefits most the later into the offseason contract negotiations take place.
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The Tigers and shortstop Jose Iglesias have reached agreement on a one-year, $6.3 million deal to avoid arbitration.
Wherever Christian Yelich plays this season, he's on a short list of players close to stardom. Who's ready to take a big step up in performance?
The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $6.05 million contract with Nicholas Castellanos, avoiding arbitration. The Tigers also reached one-year deals with right-handers Alex Wilson ($1,925,000) and Shane Greene ($1.95 million).
Morris had a long career but was never dominant. What does that mean for pitchers like Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling making it to Cooperstown?
Catcher James McCann and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a $2,375,000, one-year contract that avoided arbitration.
This winter's freezeout of top free agents isn't an accident, but what's keeping the best available talents on the market into January?
Where future Hall of Famers used to dominate, a younger group of power hitters has pushed its way into the ranks of baseball's best.
The pace of this offseason has been positively glacial. We examine the reasons so many free agents are still unsigned -- and make predictions for the coming thaw.
Big-ticket moves have been few and far between this offseason, but that hasn't stopped some clubs from helping their playoff chances, while others have fallen behind the pack.
Now that we've laid out the criteria for what makes a baseball season memorable, we put 2017 to the test.
From the very first World Series to the Cubs' first title in more than a century, we look back through the lens of history to list the stories, teams, players and plays that made their mark on MLB forever.
With one more loss, the Cleveland Browns would finish 0-16 and join a dubious group of historically bad teams.
William Weinbaum ESPN
The legendary Dick Enberg, who died Thu. at 82, said in our 2015 interview on the eve of receiving the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford Frick Award, that calling a no-hitter is a broadcaster's greatest thrill. He announced 9 & said his favorite was Nolan Ryan's 2nd of 1973, 7/15 @ Detroit, when he struck out 17 & prankster Norm Cash came to the plate with a piano (or table) leg, with 2 outs in the 9th.
In a slow-moving market powered by clubs slashing payrolls and dodging the luxury tax, many non-superstar veterans are stuck waiting by the phone.
Think the annual end-of-winter-meetings ritual isn't worth your time? Here's why some of this year's picks could turn heads in their new homes.
Former star Detroit Tigers pitcher Frank Lary died at 87 on Wednesday night after being hospitalized in Tuscaloosa with pneumonia
The Yankees had four players taken in the Rule 5 draft Wednesday, while the O's picked three. The Tigers picked D-backs outfielder Victor Reyes No. 1; LHP/OF Anthony Gose was picked by the Astros, from the Rangers system; and the Royals made two trades.
Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
Angels GM Billy Eppler was already having a strong winter with Justin Upton's contract extension and the Shohei Ohtani acquisition. Now he's filled a major hole by acquiring second baseman Ian Kinsler from Detroit for two fringe prospects. Kinsler, 35, is still a very good defender and a threat to steal 15-20 bases. He also plays the game with a competitive edge that should make him a nice fit in a relatively serene Angels' clubhouse. The Angels are reportedly working on a trade to acquire a third baseman — possibly San Diego's Chase Headley — so Eppler might not be done yet.
Ian Kinsler is headed to Los Angeles, as the veteran second baseman has been dealt by the Tigers to the Angels.
Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
Angels GM Billy Eppler is still looking for a second baseman to round out his batting order, and there's a growing sense that Detroit's Ian Kinsler is at the top of his list. The two teams continue to talk, but no deal was imminent as of Wednesday afternoon. The Mets, Giants and Brewers also have checked in on Kinsler, who is signed for an affordable $10 million in 2018. The Angels are among the teams on Kinsler's no trade list, but he would most likely waive it and go to Anaheim for a contract extension.
As a boy, Bob Costas took a cross-country drive with his dad, delighting in spinning the radio dial and listening "through the crackle and static" to broadcasts from far-flung ballparks.
Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer
Tigers Manager Ron Gardenhire on his rebuilding club: "I have had a lot of good conversations with Al (Avila) about what we are trying to do. I understand it and I am all in with them."
After being dumped by the Astros, he remade his swing and is now set to make nine figures on this winter's free-agent market.
Fittingly, Jack Morris reached the Hall of Fame in extra innings. Morris was elected to the Hall by its Modern Era Committee along with former Tigers teammate Alan Trammell, completing a joint journey from Motown to Cooperstown.