It's been a busy offseason for new Tigers general manager Al Avila. In fact, the majority of moves are all but done. They added two starting pitchers (Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Pelfrey), three relievers (Francisco Rodriguez, Mark Lowe and Justin Wilson), an outfielder (Cameron Maybin) and a catcher (Jarrod Saltalamacchia). They still might add an infielder/outfielder type and maybe another reliever, but the core players seem to be set and it's not even Christmas yet.
George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press got this quote from Avila: "I didn't know if we were going to do the whole thing, but it was a methodically laid-out plan. You don't know if you're going to be able to do it. You don't know if you're going to have some bumps along the way." Avila is just making it look easy.
Yesterday marked the end of the Winter Meetings and because the Tigers did so much of their revamp before the Meetings, they were only on one list of winners, from Jason Stark of ESPN. The only deals they made this week were the Mark Lowe free agent signing and the trade of Justin Wilson. Other winners from Stark included the Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs. Arizona was also included as a loser with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and the Colorado Rockies.
Cliff Corcoran of Sports Illustrated also listed the Houston Astros and both New York teams in with the winners while naming Johnny Cueto as a unique loser. Cueto rejected a $120 million offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks (before they landed Grienke) and hasn't generated any interest since.
Matt Snyder of CBS Sports gives a similar list of winners with a different look of losers; the Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. He also singles out Aroldis Chapman among the group of losers.
Tigers grab two minor-league RHPs in Rule 5 draft - The Detroit News, Lynn Henning
Tigers added Kurt Spomer and Santiago Garrido for minor league pitching depth.
Agent Scott Boras praises Tigers' owner, off-season moves - Detroit Free Press, Anthony Fenech
The Tigers get the Scott Boras stamp of approval for their off-season moves.
Moya looks solid in Dominican Winter League - Detroit Free Press, George Sipple
Stephen Moya, once promising prospect, is batting .281 in 26 games for Toros del Este with seven doubles, one triple and three home runs.
Who's in, who's out? Analyzing bullpen roles for the Detroit Tigers in 2016 - MLive.com, James Schmehl
Schmehl makes a guess that Francisco Rodriguez, Mark Lowe, Justin Wilson, Alex Wilson, Blaine Hardy, Drew VerHagen and Kyle Ryan will make the 2016 opening day bullpen.
Tickets for annual TigerFest event in January go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday - MLive.com, Chris Iott
TigerFest is scheduled for January 23.
On the Magnitude of Transaction Mistakes - FanGraphs Baseball, Dave Cameron
Sometimes transactions can look much differently then they are first perceived.
Mystery solved: Nationals surprise entrant in Jason Heyward derby - CBSSports.com, Jon Heyman
Washington joins at least the Cubs and Cards in the Jason Heyward sweepstakes.
Baltimore Orioles pull back 7-year offer to Chris Davis - ESPN
The offer was for approximately $150 million. It is believed that Davis is looking for a $200 million deal.
White Sox offseason now underway after Brett Lawrie trade - South Side Sox, Jim Margalus
While the Tigers are just about done, the White Sox have just started.
Analyzing the Phillies' haul in the Ken Giles trade - The Good Phight, John Stolnis
The Phillies trade their closer for four players that will contribute down the road.
Neil Walker trade: Why Jon Niese isn't a good enough return for the Pirates - Bucs Dugout, Charlie Wilmoth
Over the past three seasons, Walker has been the more valuable player than Niese, at least according to WAR.