Analysis

Here's our take on the day's news

Will MLB ban defensive shifts?

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Defensive shifts have been used more frequently by forward-thinking baseball managers. Now, commissioner Rob Manfred suggests they might be banned from the game.

Justin Verlander's decline in one at bat

Last year Justin Verlander had not accepted his limitations. Adjusting will help him regain his dominance.

Free-for-all AL Central may give Tigers advantage

2

A tougher division in 2015 may prove to be a positive for the Detroit Tigers.

"Perfect" game mars Selig's tenure as commissioner

32

Bug Selig accomplished a lot as MLB's commissioner, but one non-decision still irks many Tigers fans.

Mailbag: Should the Tigers sign James Shields?

24

Do the Tigers need another starting pitcher? Who is important for their 2015 success? Which player will have a breakout season? These questions and more in this week's mailbag.

Will the Tigers sign a free agent starter in 2016?

13

The Tigers seem to be positioning themselves to sign a big-name free agent next offseason.

Do the Tigers need another starting pitcher?

78

Rob, Cameron, and Fielder's Choice discussed the Tigers' starting five and what the rotation will look like in the future.

Performance bonuses could boost Tigers' salaries

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Performance bonuses could boost salaries for several Tigers’ players during the 2015 season

Tigers likely to pay luxury tax in 2015 and 2016

46

Recent signings and settlements have pushed the Tigers’ payroll into the luxury tax bracket. The club is likely to pay a tax for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Is Victor Martinez more valuable than Scherzer?

37

Victor is definitely cheaper than Max now, but does that mean he will be more valuable?

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Have the Tigers lost the edge in their division?

49

The Tigers have lost several key players while their division rivals continue to get stronger. Has the Tigers’ edge in their division disappeared?

Scherzer's contract worth less than face value

8

Due to deferrals, Max Scherzer's contract isn't worth quite as much as you might think.

Don Kelly's legacy lives on with Tigers fans

45

Don Kelly has moved on from the Tigers, but his legacy will live on through fans forever.

Scherzer leaves Tigers and that's OK

57

Tigers fans might weep now but letting Scherzer go is the smart long-term decision.

With Scherzer gone, should Tigers sign Shields?

22

Max Scherzer is now out of the picture, but the Tigers still have rotation questions. Is James Shields the answer?

Mailbag: Max Scherzer is still a free agent

11

When will Max Scherzer sign? What happens to Bryan Holaday this season? Do we need more relievers? These questions and more in this week's mailbag!

Does baseball need a pitch clock?

43

The pace of baseball is one of the hottest topics of the offseason, but is a pitch clock the right solution?

The Tigers will make changes to the rotation

3

Surely the Tigers are not expecting Alfredo Simon to hold the fifth spot all season, are they?

Is Omar Duran the next Al Alburquerque?

58

Despite being left-handed, minor league reliever Omar Duran shares many similarities with current Tigers' reliever Al Alburquerque.

What is Gorzelanny's role with the Tigers?

6

Tom Gorzelanny joins the Tigers' pitching staff and is expected to work out of the bullpen in 2015.

Do the Tigers need more relievers?

64

The market for free agent relief pitchers has been slow to develop, with many good pitchers still unsigned.

Should the Tigers 'platoon' Alfredo Simon?

58

Simon could pair with Tom Gorzelanny or Kyle Lobstein to minimize their deficiencies and exploit matchup problems.

How much would it take to keep David Price?

30

David Price is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2015 season. Here is a look at what it might take to sign him to a long term extension.

Mailbag: who needs Max Scherzer the most?

45

Do the Tigers need Max Scherzer to win the World Series? What will J.D. Martinez do in 2015? Should we trust James McCann? These questions and more in this week's mailbag!

Alfredo Simon cashes in as a starting pitcher

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Alfredo Simon is expected to receive a salary of $ 5.1 million as a starter. He received $1.5 million as a relief pitcher in 2014.

Tigers 2015 ZiPS pitcher projections

7

ZiPS thinks Verlander will improve, while Shane Greene steps back

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