Detroit Red Wings Salary Cap Update: Tomas Tatar Re-Signing Erases Any Wiggle Room

The Detroit Red Wings re-signed restricted free agent Tomas Tatar to a three-year deal worth a reported $2.75 million average. That number makes Tatar the fifth highest-paid forward on the current roster, behind only Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss and Johan Franzen.

It also all but eliminates any extra spending money the Wings may have wanted to maintain moving forward. With Danny DeKeyser still unsigned and Daniel Alfredsson mulling his future, Detroit is down to little more than $5.2 million free, per CapGeek’s calculations.
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Detroit Tigers Rumors: Jose Iglesias Trade Possible?

Detroit TigersThe Detroit Tigers are rumored to be thinking about dealing shortstop Jose Iglesias due to their excitement regarding Eugenio Suarez’s play, according to Nick Carafrdo of the Boston Globe.

Out for the rest of the season with bi-lateral stress fractures in his legs, Iglesias was once viewed as the Tigers’ shortstop of the future. A defensive wizard, Iglesias was never a player to swing a big stick. Suarez has shown a little bit more offensive life than Iglesias did after the Tigers had acquired him and has shown well in the field. Suarez is currently slashing .254/.343/.389.  Continue reading

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VIDEO: Austin Jackson Robs Kole Calhoun of Extra Bases With Great Leaping Grab

Austin Jackson has been the Detroit Tigers’ spark plug on offense since moving to the leadoff spot. In Thursday night’s series opener against the Angels, Jackson got it done with the glove too.

Detroit led 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh when Kole Calhoun lifted a drive to deep center. Jackson raced back to the track, then leaped at the wall to nab Calhoun’s blast, taking away at least a double.

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Joakim Soria Trade Reinforces That the Detroit Are All In … So Dave Dombrowski Must Go All Out

It may be stretching reality a bit to say that the Detroit Tigers should have won the World Series last season. But the truth is that had it not been for an ill-fated pitch to David Ortiz, Detroit would have been in prime position to knock off the eventual champs.

The bullpen proved too problematic for Detroit to overcome last season, and it loomed as the heartbreaking Achilles heel again in 2014. So general manager Dave Dombrowski did something to fix the issue Wednesday, trading away promising reliever Corey Knebel and top starting pitching prospect Jake Thompson for Texas closer Joakim Soria.

Without question, that price tag is a high one. Dombrowski also had no choice but to pay it, given how badly everyone not named Joba Chamberlain has struggled out of the ‘pen this season.

The Tigers had to sacrifice a couple potential pieces of their future to land Soria. And if they want to win the World Series, Dombrowski should keep right on mortgaging tomorrow for today.
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VIDEO: Miguel Cabrera Breaks Homer Drought With Three-Run Shot Off the Foul Pole

For the first time this month (not counting his All-Star Game shot off Adam Wainwright), Miguel Cabrera left the yard, breaking a 17-game home run drought. Cabrera’s big fly came in the eighth inning of Detroit’s 11-5 win over Arizona on Wednesday, providing the Tigers with a critical three runs to help snuff out a Diamondbacks rally.

The home run was a laser down the line and banged off the LF foul pole.

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Joakim Soria Traded to the Detroit Tigers for Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson

Trade deadline grain of salt warning and what not, but the Detroit Tigers are “set to acquire” Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers in exchange for reliever Corey Knebel and highly regarded pitching prospect Jake Thompson, according to a report from Kyle Bogenschutz of and 97.1 The Ticket.

In case you’re thinking that may be a random source for such trade news, well … you’re right. Does that mean it’s inaccurate? No, as this would not be the first time that someone has scooped the Jon Morosis and Ken Rosenthals of the world. But for now, confirmation of that deal has yet to come.
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With Joel Hanrahan Shutdown, Detroit Tigers’ Dave Dombrowski Needs Another Miracle

Dave Dombrowski's move to sign Prince Fielder---and then promptly trade him shows again why he's the best businessman in the business. (hueytaxi, Flickr)

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The Detroit Tigers’ dream of having Joel Hanrahan help closeout a game in the postseason is turning into a nightmare as he has been shutdown by the team and Dave Dombrowski needs to pull another rabbit out of a hat.

Coming just hours before the Tigers’ bullpen would eventually blow a one run lead against the Arizona Diamondbacks, word came that Hanrahan had another complication and has been shutdown. It is a big blow for a bullpen and fanbase that had been viewing him as a beacon in the night and potential answer to their reliever problem. With Hanrahan most likely out of the picture for the rest of the season though, Dombrowski must acquire multiple relievers instead of the bare-minimum one he probably thought he needed. Continue reading

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Detroit Red Wings Will Get Flashy New Arena, But Will Venue Enjoy Bold Commitment To Winning?

detroit_red_wings_logoWhenever a move happens, usually, the important things get packed up and carried to the next location. Regardless of how different the new surroundings might be, having these important heirlooms allow those inside to feel a true sense of home and a good chance at having success.

Sunday, the Detroit Red Wings finally unveiled plans for their new arena. The announcement came with grand promises for shopping, neighborhood districts, and a new state-of-the-art facility unlike any other in the NHL with plenty of bells and whistles. It featured Chris Ilitch confidently unveiling the details, speaking both proud and sure. Continue reading

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