Analysis

Here's our take on the day's news

Mailbag: Max Scherzer or bust

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Why not sign James Shields? Was the Alfredo Simon trade necessary? What should we expect from Jose Iglesias? These questions and more in this week's mailbag!

Should Justin Verlander become a reliever?

38

No matter what his role is, the Tigers need more out of Verlander in 2015.

Alfredo Simon strands a lot of baserunners

5

Fangraphs found another reason for Tigers fans to be positive about Alfredo Simon in 2015.

Was Alfredo Simon just lucky in 2014?

22

Simon made the 2014 NL All-Star team after a stellar first half, but fell off down the stretch. Which guy will the Tigers get in 2015?

Ask not what your pitchers can do for you

...ask what your team's defense can do for your pitchers! The abilities of the fielders behind a pitcher can have a large effect on his success. Here's an analysis of the new Tigers' pitchers and...

PitchFX breakdown: Alfredo Simon

22

Simon's secondary pitches are decent, but he doesn't have a plus offering to put hitters away in key moments.

What will the Tigers' lineup look like in 2015?

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Someone has to bat second.

Alfredo Simon's fastball is the key to his success

5

Simon has a full arsenal of pitches, but everything works off of his fastball. If it isn't working, he will really struggle.

Mailbag: Who is the Tigers' biggest threat?

47

Who should the Tigers look out for in the AL Central this year? What will the batting order look like? Do we have any prospects left? These questions and more in this week's mailbag!

How much better will Tigers' defense be in 2015?

59

The Tigers should prevent a lot more runs from scoring in 2015.

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5 reasons why Tigers can still sign Max Scherzer

49

Max Scherzer remains the top free agent player on the market and is seeking a $200 million contract.

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The curious case of Justin Verlander

One of the keys to the 2015 season will be the Tigers' ace and whether he can return to dominance. An analysis of his struggles in 2014 reveal that a major cause is how he fared after falling...

Brad Ausmus recognizes the value of pitch framing

11

With Alex Avila becoming a free agent after 2015, could Brad Ausmus be the reason the Tigers make James McCann the starter in 2016?

Projecting Gose and Davis in center field

34

A platoon of Anthony Gose and Rajai Davis in center field will deliver above-average performance at a below-market cost

Trades increase Tigers' 2015 payroll over $170M

39

Here is an updated look at the Detroit Tigers' 2015 payroll following the trades made at the 2014 Winter Meetings.

Media reacts to Cespedes, Simon trades

6

A pair of trades this big are likely to draw a wide response from all parties.

Who has the best rotation in the AL Central?

36

The Winter Meetings drastically changed the outlook in a once-lopsided division.

Who are Alex Wilson and Gabe Speier?

11

Here is a closer look at Alex Wilson and Gabe Speier, acquired by the Tigers from the Boston Red Sox today.

Tigers better today than before Winter Meetings

173

The initial reaction was harsh, but the Tigers are now a more balanced team than they were 24 hours ago.

Porcello trade a downgrade for Tigers rotation

40

The Tigers made a pair of trades that helped bolster their outfield, but the rotation took a big hit.

POLL: What do you think of the Simon trade?

49

The Tigers were busy today, announcing a pair of trades. One of which was to acquire right-handed pitcher Alfredo Simon.

POLL: What do you think of the Cespedes trade?

29

Did the Tigers get enough in return for Rick Porcello?

Why the Tigers should trade Ian Kinsler

68

The Tigers desperately need help in the outfield and the bullpen, but lack the financial flexibility to address those issues. A trade is needed, and Ian Kinsler could be the one to go.

Mailbag: Do the Tigers want Matt Kemp?

7

Should the Tigers pursue Matt Kemp? How long is their "window" open? And what about Steven Moya? These questions and more in this week's mailbag!

What have the Royals done so far this offseason?

9

Max Rieper of Royals Review answered some questions about the Royals' offseason plans.

Tigers need outfield, bullpen help

2

The Tigers head to the Winter Meetings in need of serious help in the outfield and the bullpen. The numbers paint a grim picture of how bad things are in those areas.

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