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The offseason has just begun, but the rumors have already started up. Earlier this month, we learned that the Detroit Tigers had “scouted the Phillies extensively over the final weeks of the season,” according to a report from NBC Sports Philadelphia. Somewhat speculatively, the article went on to connect the Tigers to third baseman Maikel Franco, who appears running out of time in the Phillies organization.

Franco, 27, debuted in 2014 and has been the Phillies everyday third baseman since early in the 2015 season. Through 80 games that year, he batted a tidy .280/.343/.497, which tallied to a 127 wRC+. Regarded as an excellent prospect at the time, those numbers appeared to be confirmation the Phillies had a good future major leaguer on their hands. Unfortunately, he has been less than stellar in the four years since. Although he’s inhabited the hot corner full-time for the club during that timeframe, he has only been worth 1.8 fWAR over the past four seasons.

October marked the end of another disappointing season for Franco, who played below replacement level for the second time in three years. His offensive output graded as 30 percent below league average, according to wRC+. While his 17 home runs would have led the Tigers, it’s still not what you would like to see from a player with double-plus raw power playing a power position like third base.

Due $5.2 million for his services in 2019, Franco is projected to receive a $6.7 million salary in 2020 by Matt Swartz of MLB Trade Rumors. Between his poor performance and multi-million dollar price tag, the Phillies are rumored to have designs on unloading their veteran third baseman, and were reported on Friday to have interest in Josh Donaldson. And while the Tigers already have a few players on the roster capable of playing third base, Franco could be a big upgrade, making the two teams a natural trade partner.

A deal between the two clubs could take a variety of forms. While it’s impossible to predict trades with even a modicum of accuracy, we can get at least a fuzzy picture of a variety of types of deals the two clubs could pursue.

Possibility 1: Salary dump for the Phillies
This is a no-nonsense option; the Tigers would receive Franco and a low-level prospect in exchange for some organizational fodder. It’s the scenario that presents the fewest complications for either team. It’s also pretty consistent with Avila’s previous roster construction strategy from the past couple years of acquiring castoffs and veterans to plug holes in the lineup.

While much of the league has promoted a more heavily fly ball and pull power approach, Franco may be a case of too much of a good thing. The Tigers may be able to help himtap into his once lofty potential by emphasizing a line drive approach that uses the whole field. Swing changes aren’t a cure-all, but in this case, there could be a match. Franco’s batted ball profile shows a balanced spread between ground balls, fly balls, and line drives, but he is very pull-centric and has a tendency to get under a lot of pitches, leading to a 24.1 percent infield fly ball (pop-up) rate in 2019 that helped crater his offensive value despite solid strikeout-to-walk numbers. These might be issues that the Tigers are positioned to improve despite the lack of progress offensively within the organization.

At this point, this type of deal seems like most likely of the potential options. However, it doesn’t have much upside for the Tigers. In a vacuum, having more prospects is better than having fewer. However, instead of tying up payroll with a below-average player already in his 30s, Franco provides at least a little upside, More likely, it just cements a different mediocre player at third while we wait for more prospects to reach the majors. More interesting options are still on the table, though.

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Possibility 2: Tigers make a prospect grab
Another possibility involves the Tigers essentially taking the opportunity to “buy” a decent prospect by taking on Franco’s contract. The idea in this scenario is that instead of simply sending a player the other way as a placeholder, the Tigers could send Philadelphia a piece with moderate value. In exchange, instead of a lottery ticket from Low-A, the Phillies include a prospect with a decent shot at the majors.

For example, the Phillies may decide to address their somewhat shaky bullpen and ask for someone like Buck Farmer. Farmer was already mentioned as a trade chip in July, and finished the 2019 season strong. He also still has three years of club control remaining. As part of the deal, though, the Tigers may ask the Phillies to part with a better prospect than could be obtained in the first situation, adding value to what they would have received just for taking Franco’s contract.

This is probably the situation most compatible with the Tigers’ current direction. As badly as we would like them to be putting together their core for the next World Series winner, the Tigers are still trying to build their foundation — at a much slower pace than most would like. They have all but said they won’t be spending much this winter, at least until Jordan Zimmermann’s contract expires after the 2020 season. If the Tigers can get an MLB-ready player back by parting with a useful but expendable piece and taking on Franco’s money, they absolutely should.

Possibility 3: Phillies pursue most substantial trade talks
Let’s venture after bigger game for the third possibility. In this scenario, Franco becomes a secondary part of a larger deal to not only address payroll concerns, but also improve the Phillies roster. The Tigers front office has stripped the team down to its bones over the last few seasons, but there’s still a little meat left on the carcass.

The Phillies pushed in all their chips last winter by signing Bryce Harper to a staggeringly large contract, but they still failed to make the postseason. One of the culprits was difficulty assembling a complete outfield. They may see this as a low-key opportunity to improve their outfield situation by making an offer on Niko Goodrum or JaCoby Jones, both of whom have 2 WAR upside and could help them make the leap into real contention simply by removing a replacement level player from the starting lineup.

Another possibility is that the Phillies retain interest in Matthew Boyd. They scouted Boyd extensively near the trade deadline, but did not pull the trigger on a deal. The Phillies rotation was a disappointment in 2019, and they seem unlikely to want to invest big money in another veteran starter. Boyd would give them a durable lefthander to slot in the middle of their rotation, one under club control for a few more years. Philadelphia would be betting on Boyd’s substantial gains in strikeout rate over the past two seasons, and hoping to trim some of the home runs from his profile.

Of course, the involvement of Boyd, Jones, or Goodrum — or someone else of interest — would require commensurate return from the Phillies beyond Franco. Undoubtedly, they would have to up the ante to make a trade like this work. While this is the least likely of the three trade scenarios presented here, it isn’t outside the realm of possibility.

In the end, this rumor doesn’t have a lot of traction yet.
The Phillies and Tigers have both done quite a bit of scouting on each other in recent months, so while many of these scenarios require a substantial escalation in talk, there is at least mutual interest involved as the hot stove season gets underway. This could be an opportunity to address holes on the roster and add a little something to the farm system in the process — and just perhaps, this interest could expand into a more substantial deal between the two clubs.

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The 1968 Detroit Tigers finished the regular season with 40 victories in which they were either trailing or tied in the seventh inning or later. Of those wins, 28 featured the Tigers taking the lead in the final inning. Free Press special writer Bill Dow takes a look at those games:

April 11: Gates Brown hits a pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Red Sox, 4-3, in the second game of the season.

April 14: Bill Freehan singles with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to beat the White Sox, 5-4.

April 17: Willie Horton hits a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th to beat the Indians, 4-3.

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Dick McAuliffe, an infielder for the 1968 World Series champion Detroit Tigers, died May 13, 2016. He was 76 years old.
Dick McAuliffe, an infielder for the 1968 World Series champion Detroit Tigers, died May 13, 2016. He was 76 years old. (Photo: File photo)

April 20: Dick McAuliffe’s two-run single, followed by Norm Cash’s forceout to score McAuliffe in the top of the 10th beats the White Sox, 4-1.

April 28: Bill Freehan and Jim Northrup hit solo home runs in the top of the ninth to beat the Yankees, 3-2.

April 29: Don Wert’s single scores Norm Cash in the bottom of the ninth to beat Oakland 2-1.

May 1: Willie Horton’s sacrifice fly scores Dick McAuliffe in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Twins, 3-2.

May 7: Tom Matchick’s pinch-hit, two-run double in the top of the ninth beats the Orioles 2-1.

May 17: Jim Northrup’s grand slam in the bottom of the ninth beats the Senators, 7-3.

May 19: Gates Brown’s pinch-hit single scoring Dick Tracewski in the bottom of the eighth beats the Senators, 5-4.

May 20: An error on a Bill Freehan ground ball scores Al Kaline in the top of the 10th inning to beat the Twins, 4-3.

Mickey Stanley
Mickey Stanley (Photo: Detroit Free Press)

June 7: Mickey Stanley’s two-out, two-run triple in the bottom of the ninth beats the Indians, 5-4.

June 11: Tom Matchick scores on Cesar Tovar’s throwing error in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Twins, 3-2.

June 12: Dick McAuliffe’s home run in the top of the ninth beats the Twins, 2-1.

June 14: Don Wert’s home run in the top of the 14th beats the White Sox, 6-5.

July 7: Willie Horton’s solo homer in the bottom of the ninth beats the Athletics, 5-4.

July 19: Tom Matchick’s pinch-hit, three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth beats the Orioles, 5-4.

Aug. 6: Dick Tracewski single scores Bill Freehan in the bottom of the 17th to beat the Indians, 2-1.

Aug. 10: Norm Cash’s home run in the bottom of the 8th beats the Red Sox, 4-3.

Aug. 11: Gates Brown’s pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the 14th beats the Red Sox, 4-3, in the first game of the doubleheader.

Aug. 11: Gates Brown’s single in the bottom of the ninth beats the Red Sox, 6-5, in the second game of the doubleheader.

Bill Freehan’s homer on Aug. 17, 1968, was a game-winner for the Tigers.
Bill Freehan’s homer on Aug. 17, 1968, was a game-winner for the Tigers. (Photo: Detroit Free Press)

Aug. 17: Bill Freehan’s home run in the top of the ninth beats the Red Sox, 10-9.

Aug. 21: Jim Price’s pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the 10th beats the White Sox, 3-2.

Sept. 2: Bill Freehan’s home run in the top of the ninth beats the A’s, 4-3.

Sept. 3: Jim Northrup’s two-run single in the top of the ninth is the game-winning hit that beats the A’s, 6-3.

Sept. 14: Willie Horton’s single in the bottom of the ninth beats the A’s, 5-4, and gives Denny McLain his 30th victory.

Sept. 17: Don Wert’s single scores Al Kaline in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Yankees, 2-1, as the Tigers win the pennant.

Sept. 25: Gates Brown’s three-run homer in the top of the ninth beats the Orioles, 4-3.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila expects to see a slim, motivated Miguel Cabrera arrive at spring training in three months.

“I’ve talked to Miggy. I’ve talked to his agent. He’s committed to make sure that these last four years go as well as possible,” Avila said Tuesday at the MLB General Manager Meetings.

Four years is the magic number for Cabrera, 36, because it represents the number of seasons left on his monstrous contract, a span in which he’ll make $124 million no matter what happens.

Cabrera’s weight ballooned in 2019, which put pressure on his balky knee.

There is no surgical solution for Cabrera, but Avila is convinced he’s making the appropriate lifestyle changes.

Cabrera has hired a full-time, in-house chef who serves up meals approved by his personal nutritionist.

“Of course there’s a workout routine, strength-and-conditioning, weight loss, the whole bit. It’s full-scale,” Avila said. “If he follows that program, I have no doubt that he’ll come in in really good shape. Obviously he would have to continue that throughout the season to stay strong and healthy.”

Despite his knee problems, Cabrera never missed more than two consecutive games until the final week of the 2019 season. But in a year notable for an explosion of home runs, he hit only 12 in 549 plate appearances. He posted a .744 OPS, just under league average (96 OPS+ and 96 RC+).

“The injuries that he’s suffered are not going away. They’re there to stay,” Avila said. “‘There’s no more surgeries for me.’ That’s what he said. There’s no surgery that’s going to fix what he’s got.”

The first challenge for Cabrera will be the off-season weight loss. Then he’ll have to commit anew to in-season work.

“It’s no different than a pitcher going through a shoulder program,” Avila said. “If a pitcher does it throughout the season religiously, chances are he’s going to stay healthy. If a guy gets lazy and then abandons that program. If he does it off-and-on and he’s not committed to it? Then chances are he’s not going to make it through the season.

“Now, injuries will happen no matter how hard you work, but at the end of the day it’s about doing everything you can stay healthy.”

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Chicago — Tyler Alexander kept waiting for the punch line.

Doug Mientkiewicz, Toledo Mud Hens manager, called him into the office after Monday night’s game and told him he was going to make his next start Wednesday. Which he knew. But it would be in Chicago, with the Tigers, against the White Sox in the second game of a doubleheader.

Which Alexander thought might be some cruel prank.

“I didn’t believe him,” said Alexander, a lefthander who has been grinding in the Tigers system since 2015. “I stood there for a while, like, ‘You serious?’ It was an awesome moment. It’s a dream.”

The dream was nearly deferred. The Tigers and White Sox were rained out on Tuesday night — meaning Matthew Boyd’s start would be pushed back. Had it been pushed to Wednesday, Alexander’s debut would be pushed back or cancelled.

Instead, Boyd will pitch Thursday, pushing Gregory Soto’s next start to Saturday.

The make-up date for Tuesday’s rainout will be Sept. 27, part of a straight double-header beginning at 4:40 p.m. Detroit time.

Alexander, who was twice drafted by the Tigers, once out of high school, then in the second round in 2015 out of Texas Christian, will be added to the roster as the 26th man for Wednesday’s second game.

“At no point did I think I was going to get called here,” he said. “I had no clue. I knew they were down a guy, I knew they had four starters and then they went down to three — but it never crossed my mind.”

Ryan Carpenter and Kyle Funkhouser, two pitchers who might have been higher on the organizational depth chart, have fallen off recently. Alexander has had his ups and downs as well, but his 12-strikeout game against Rochester on June 22 opened some eyes.

“He attacks the zone,” said catcher Bobby Wilson, who caught him in Toledo. “He’s not scared of anything. He’s not scared of one thing. He’s going to attack hitters.”

Alexander, who throws from a deceptive arm slot, features a low-90s fastball, a slider and a change-up. He gave up five runs in three innings in his last start, but he pitched 13 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings in his two starts before that.

“He’s easy to root for, easy to get behind,” Wilson said. “He puts his head down and he gets to the grind of things. You have a lot of respect for people like him who are the underdogs, who don’t complain or make excuses and just keep working and trying to get better.”

Triple-A hitters posted a .350 average against Alexander in the first two months of the season. In June, they hit .234 with 33 strikeouts in 28 innings.

“The first two months were tough,” he said. “I was finding a new arm slot and trying to make adjustments to the new balls (same balls that are being used in the major leagues this season) we’re using. But our pitching coach, Juan Nieves, worked with me a lot.

“We put in a lot of work and things just started to click.”

The first person he called with the news was his father.

“I don’t think my dad believed me either,” he said, laughing.

The Tigers will add Alexander to the 40-man roster before Wednesday’s game. A corresponding move will be necessary.

Mercer is back
It wasn’t like he had to reintroduce himself to his teammates, but it had to feel like opening day all over again for shortstop Jordy Mercer.

He was activated off the injured list and back in the starting lineup for the first time since May 7.

“It means everything,” he said. “I miss the camaraderie. I miss the guys — that’s the biggest thing. Obviously, I miss playing. But you miss the brotherhood, you miss the family. You miss just being back on the field trying to help your team win.”

Mercer, whom the Tigers signed to a one-year, $5 million contract during the offseason, had played just 19 games. He first injured his right quad in April and missed two weeks. He played five games in May and then aggravated it and has been out since May 7.

“It’s something I never had to experience,” he said. “It’s made me a better person. It’s made me a better father. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect and I think it’s going to make me a better player. I know how to deal with this now.

“Sometimes life throws you a curveball. You deal with it and come out the other end a better person.”

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What about Goodrum?
Mercer’s return brings a much-needed veteran presence to the middle of the Tigers defense.

“The stability in the infield is really important,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s a good communicator and a leader out there. With all the shifts and everything we do, he understands it pretty good.

“It’s been a long time without him. We were playing pretty good early when we had him. It’s just nice to have a veteran back in the middle.”

That’s not to discredit the job Niko Goodrum did filling in at shortstop in June. The more he played, the more comfortable he became. But it took a toll on him physically.

“This lets us put Goody in different situations, which was the plan all along,” Gardenhire said. “We need to give guys a break here and there. Goody played a lot of baseball and he got beat up pretty good. … I’d rather be able to give him a day off like everybody else.

“But it’s hard not to put him in the lineup. We’ll just keep moving him around.”

Goodrum got the start at second base Tuesday.

Tigers at White Sox
First pitch: Game 1, 2:10 p.m.; Game 2: 8:10 p.m.; Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago

TV/radio: FS1, FSD, 97.1


Game 1

LHP Daniel Norris (2-7, 4.62), Tigers: He grinded out five solid innings against the Nationals in his last start, despite dealing with a cramp in his groin. He made back-to-back starts against the White Sox in April, going five innings both times. He shut them out in Comerica Park, but allowed four runs and 10 hits in Chicago.

RHP Dylan Cease, White Sox (MLB debut): This will be the major league debut for one of the top White Sox pitching prospects — No. 3 in their system, No. 18 overall. He features an upper-90s fastball and a firm, sinking curveball. He came to the White Sox in the deal for Jose Quintana in 2017.

Game 2

LHP Tyler Alexander, Tigers (MLB debut): Alexander, who has made a steady, under-the-radar climb through the Tigers system, will be added to the roster as the 26th man and make his big-league debut. He features a low-90s fastball, slider and change-up.

LHP Ross Detwiler (1-0, 3.60), White Sox: The 11-year veteran has been signed out of Independent League baseball the last two years and hasn’t spent a full season in the big leagues since 2015. When he beat the Twins on Saturday, it was his first big-league win since 2016.

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Let’s start here. After finishing 47-114 in 2019, the 2020 Tigers can’t get much worse.

Question is, will they be any better? As in, fewer than 100 losses? As in, kind of-sort of respectable?

They’re going to need growth from within, first and foremost. That means improvement among the young players already on the roster, and progression among the prospects knocking on the door. They’re also going to need external help, namely a run-producer in free agency.

And then they’re going to need some good fortune along the way.

“If everything comes together, you would hope that we would have a better season,” general manager Al Avila said at the GM meetings on Wednesday, via MLive. “But (2020) is going to be challenging.”


While the Tigers hope to be competitive again by 2021 — which is beginning to look less and less realistic — their rebuild is still a long way off. The players they were counting on to make progress in Detroit last season mostly flopped. And aside from their three big arms in Double-A — Casey Mize, Matt Manning and Tarik Skubal — development on the farm was patchy at best.

The results in Detroit were especially discouraging.

JaCoby Jones showed signs of progressing offensively, but regressed in center field (according to the metrics) and then wound up on the shelf with a wrist injury. Christin Stewart, who was handed the everyday job in left field, managed just 10 home runs in over 400 plate appearances. Jeimer Candelario started the season at third, ended it at first and spent much of the intervening time in the minors amid his struggles at the plate.

That trio combined for a WAR of 0.3, with both Jones and Stewart in the red. And that won’t cut it in 2020.

“If these guys get better and produce like we think they can, it could make for a better season,” Avila said. “If they don’t, it could be a really trying season.”

It’s not just those three, of course. The Tigers also need more out of the likes of Niko Goodrum, Harold Castro, Dawel Lugo, Ronny Rodriguez, Jake Rogers and Willi Castro in 2020, assuming the latter two (or three, or four, or five) spend most of the season in the bigs. Consider this. 12 players appeared in at least 75 games for the Tigers last season. Just three of them finished with a positive WAR — and that’s without mentioning the pitching staff.

Al Avil and the front office can’t abide that next season, and it starts by plugging holes in free agency. The Tigers want badly for another hitter or two, and they have clear openings at first base, right field and catcher. Shortstop, second base and third base are question marks as well. They’ll be searching for a couple veterans on short-term deals — and hoping it works out better than last year.

Expect Detroit to be connected to names like Eric Thames, Justin Smoak, Kole Calhoun and Corey Dickerson.

(RELATED: 10 Free Agents Who Make Sense For Tigers)

On the trade front, the Tigers will probably be quiet. They are willing to discuss Matthew Boyd again, after they held onto him at the trade deadline last season, but that won’t lead anywhere unless they can get their hands on a high-level hitting prospect. And in terms of trading for veteran help, the Tigers would rather hang onto the prospects they already have.

“We’ve had some trade talks and a lot of teams will try to trade you an older guy or maybe even a guy that they’re going to non-tender. And he might be able to help you this year. But if you’re looking at the big-picture, it’s not going to be a good trade,” Avila said. “You’re going to trade a prospect for a guy that’s going to help you maybe win a few more games (in 2020)? You’ve got to keep the big picture in mind.”

More than two years after this rebuild began, that picture still looks pretty grim. There’s talent on the horizon, and the Tigers will add another blue-chip prospect with the first overall pick in next year’s draft. But the future remains distant from the present, and the present offers little to be excited about on its own.

Detroit should be better in 2020. But in a way that significantly raises the bar for 2021?

That’s no sure thing.

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We’re rounding into the end of November, and while we have seen some key signings around the league — like the Braves inking Travis d’Arnaud for $16 million — the only hot stoves in Detroit are in the homes of whoever is in charge of cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year.

As we reflect on what it is we may be thankful for in the coming days, let’s take a gander at what’s going on for the Detroit Tigers and the rest of the league.

Mr. Fix it
The Tigers’ new hitting coach, Joe Vavra, recently made a trip to the Dominican Republic to check in on Jeimer Candelario, Willi Castro, and Dawel Lugo — three guys that could probably use his help. Vavra has a tough road ahead of him this year in his efforts to turn around what, by all accounts, was a dismal offense. He seems to be focused on individual accountability, stating that getting better is on the player, and that they need to have a plan.

“This is going to be all about you. This is your deal, but you have to know what you’re up against and who you’re up against on a daily basis, and you have to come up with plans. And your plans have to be solid, because you’re going to be called out in front of your teammates every night on your plan. So, if you’re not prepared to have your plan or understand what a plan is, that’s what we’re here for, to get you through that, so you can actually understand what you’re planning. And that’s not an easy task.”

Vavra spoke also about knowing how to change approaches depending on the strike count, and spoke a bit about the incorporation of a modern analytics approach. Vavra should bring improvement in 2020; he has a low bar to clear.

A little bit pitchy
If you think hitting is the only area where changes are being made, you would be wrong. The organization has brought in a Director of Pitching Development and Strategies, as well as a Coordinator of Player Development and Analytics. Both of these are brand new positions. If you would like a clearer picture of who these two people are and what exactly they will be doing, David Laurila of FanGraphs spoke with general manager Al Avila about it and has a bit more detail for you.

Seek and destroy
Well, it seems MLB commissioner Rob Manfred may have gone and stepped in it. The backlash to the initial outlay of the ill-advised minor league overhaul brought forth by Major League Baseball was strong and swift. In response, MLB put out a statement that went something like, “Oh, hey guys my bad. Chill. I just want to make things better for… the players. Yeah, the players. That’s right.”

It didn’t take much time for most of the United States Congress to come out in opposition to the plan, and for New York senator Chuck Schumer to dip his foot into the “maybe baseball should lose it’s anti-trust exemption” pool. MLB responded with a letter laying out how they subsidize the minors. They are also continuing to beat the “we’re in this for the players” drum, identifying the substandard facilities of 40 minor league teams, a number that is almost double of what the league stated just months prior.

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News takes a deep dive on what is really going on here; spoiler alert: it’s basically that MLB is trying to save a few bucks — and it’s a very few — by instituting a plan that appears to be not too well thought out. The ends don’t seem to justify the means, but when has that stopped Major League Baseball?

Labor relations
When asked about negotiations for the next Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), and the characterization of the the statements he reportedly made to the players reps in negotiations over the summer, Manfred stated that those characterizations were inaccurate, and the players reps offered a proposal that would seek to “turn back the Basic Agreement 50 years.”

Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports does an excellent job of dissecting just how disingenuous and dumb that statement was while going on to further interpret Manfred’s statements in a manner that doesn’t look good for future negotiations. In short, it may be that MLB is unwilling to budge in the face of a threatened labor stoppage. That’s a pretty hard line to take at such an early stage. Who’s looking forward to a strike?

She’s a hit
Professional baseball continues to inch slowly forward. In recent news the New York Yankees reported that they have hired Rachel Balkovec as a full-time hitting coach at the minor league level. To piggyback on that good news, the Chicago Cubs also announced that they brought Rachel Folden on board as a hitting lab tech and the fourth coach for their rookie league squad in Mesa. It’s a good day to be a Rachel.

Around the horn
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Rick Leach turns 62 today.

Rick was a first round draft pick for the Tigers, 13th overall, in 1979. He made it to the majors during the strike shortened 1981 season, hitting a big .193/.320/.289 in 83 at bats, mostly pinch-hitting and playing a bit of first and right field. He played 3 seasons, in Detroit. He never hit much and the Tigers released him.

The Blue Jays signed him before the 1984 season. He played 5 seasons for the Jays, playing DH, first, right, left and occasionally center field. He even pitched an inning in 1984. It didn’t go well, he walked 2, and gave up 2 hits, including a home run. He hit reasonably well. In 1986 he had a .308/.335/.435 line then in 1987 he hit .282/.371/.405, not bad, but not he didn’t have the power you’d want from a corner outfield spot nor the speed. But for a 4th outfielder, he was pretty good.

During the 1986 season, Leach tested positive for some ‘nonperformance enhancing drug’ (so come recreational drug) and was suspended for 60 days and ordered to take drug treatment.

In 5 years with the Jays, Rick hit .283/.34/.391 with 8 home runs, 95 RBI in 763 at bats. After the Jays Leach played a season with the Giants and a season with the Rangers before leaving baseball at 33. He seemed like a very likable guy, a fan favorite in the way that 4 outfielders are often fan favorites, but since the Jays had Bell, Barfield and Moesby in the outfield, there was no way he was going to get a full time role. But a useful lefty batter on the bench.

He was a favorite of mine because, back in the day, I played Statis Pro Baseball and Strat-O-Matic Baseball and Rick had good numbers in 1986 and 1987, giving him a valuable card in those games.

Leach had been a pretty good football player too, playing quarterback in College. The Denver Broncos drafted him in the 5th round of the 1979 draft.

Happy birthday Rick. Hope it is a good one.

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PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — What can be said after a 114-loss season that was only a few games from being the worst in modern history?

How about cautious optimism that 2020 won’t be as bad as 2019?

Very cautious.

“If everything comes together, you would hope that we would have a better season,” said Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila during a break in the league’s annual GM meetings on Wednesday. “But (2020) is going to be challenging.”

While that slogan — “Tigers 2020: Probably better than the worst team in recent memory” — is unlikely to sell many tickets, Avila said the Tigers are trying to balance incremental improvement with the “big picture” goals of the rebuilding process.

The first order of business is upgrading their sluggish offense by signing a catcher and adding a run-producing bat — perhaps a first baseman or a corner outfielder.

But Avila pointed out that free-agent signings can be hit or miss. Two years ago, the Tigers did well with outfielder Leonys Martin and starting pitcher Mike Fiers.

“Last year we didn’t do as well in that category,” Avila acknowledged.

He was referring to winter signees Matt Moore, Tyson Ross, Jordy Mercer and Josh Harrison, who collectively contributed little.

The Tigers have also had some trade discussions during the early parts of the hot-stove season, but other teams are primarily seeking low-cost, high-upside players (think Joe Jimenez or even Niko Goodrum) that the Tigers aren’t interested in dealing without a fair return.

While other teams are trying to unload veterans, Avila said he is loathe to part with even a borderline prospect at this stage of the rebuild.

“We’ve had some trade talks and a lot of teams will try to trade you an older guy or maybe even a guy that they’re going to non-tender,” Avila said. “And he might be able to help you this year. But if you’re looking at the big-picture, it’s not going to be a good trade: You’re going to trade a prospect for a guy that’s going to help you maybe win a few more games (in 2020)? You’ve got to keep the big picture in mind.”

On the free-agent market, the Tigers and most rebuilding teams will shop primarily for players willing to work on one-year contracts.

For example, it wouldn’t make sense for the Tigers to sign a starting catcher to a two-year deal if they envision his role only to be a short-term placeholder for Jake Rogers.

But Avila said the Tigers might be open to considering longer deals at positions where they anticipated a need beyond 2020.

Avila didn’t identify those spots, but first base is one position with no high-level prospect in waiting. Additionally, the club has some interesting outfield prospects scattered through the minor-league ranks, but no high-level power bat ready to take over a corner outfield spot in the near future.

So let’s say the Tigers sign a catcher and a first baseman and maybe add a starting pitcher to boot.

Will they be a better club in 2020?


Avila said the production of returning players like Niko Goodrum, Jeimer Candelario, Christin Stewart and JaCoby Jones would also play important role in the Tigers’ success in 2020.

“If these guys get better and produce like we think they can, it could make for a better season. If they don’t, it could be a really trying season,” Avila said.

But regardless of what happens in Detroit, Avila prefers to zoom out to the “big picture.” In 2020, the Tigers will have a large crop of prospects on the brink of the big leagues, with Casey Mize, Matt Manning, Tarik Skubal, Isaac Paredes and several others expected to start the year in Triple-A Toledo.

“The exciting part is that you’ve got more guys moving from Double-A to Triple-A, so you’ve now got the expectation of, ‘Who can be the next guy up?’” Avila said. “That’s another part of the process.”

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Once upon a time, there was a major league catcher whose eventual biography was called The Catcher Was a Spy. But Moe Berg took up his life with the old Office of Strategic Services after his baseball career expired.

Other than possible on-field gamesmanship, Berg wasn’t exactly known for applying advanced surveillance techniques to baseball when he played. The well-educated catcher about whom it was said he mastered a dozen languages but couldn’t hit in any of them waited until World War II to practice intelligence.

After that life ended for him, Berg lived as best he could as a nomadic shadow man who preferred the company of those who’d ask him anything except about himself. And his is the only known baseball card on display at the headquarters of the CIA.

There may be some now who think a few more ought to join Berg’s card there. A few Astros, a couple of Red Sox and Yankees, a Phillie or three, a couple of Braves and Tigers, a Giant or three yonder, and maybe a few more elsewhere.

That, of course, would depend on whether baseball’s government is serious about investigating espionage in the ranks, now that former Astros/current Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers has, shall we say, pulled some of the deep cover away from an apparent high-tech sign-stealing operation by the Astros Intelligence Agency.

An ESPN writer, Buster Olney, advises one and all not to hold their breaths. Partially because the Astros say they’re investigating their own cheating, which some might compare to a police department investigating its own corruption:

“It probably took longer for the Astros to generate the statement about the forthcoming investigation than the actual investigation should require — that is to say, two phone calls, to ask two questions.

“Astros owner Jim Crane can call Jeff Luhnow, Houston’s general manager and head of baseball operations, and ask: what happened?

“And if Luhnow doesn’t know, he can call his video operator and ask: what happened? That’s all it should take.”

As Groucho Marx once said, it’s so simple that a child of five could do it — now, somebody send for a child of five. All things considered, that might not be a half bad idea. But this isn’t 5-year-old children playing Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. These are (it is alleged) grown men playing all’s fair in baseball and war.

Fiers told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Evan Dillich that the 2017 Astros had a camera in center field tied to a large television set stationed adjacent to the steps from the clubhouse to the dugout. Assorted Astros (Fiers didn’t name names) would see the catcher’s signs on the set, decipher them, and relay them to Astro hitters by banging a large plastic or acrylic trash can.

Assorted video has also surfaced from 2017 games in which, with a little audio enhancement, you can hear one or two bangs with an Astro hitter at the plate and an opposing pitcher about to deliver. Usually, it’s been said, the bangs were meant to tip the hitter that a changeup or other offspeed pitch was coming. In one such video, then-White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar caught on, called his catcher to the mound twice, and switched up the signs post haste, for all the good it might do.

Runners on base or coaches on the lines catching, deciphering, and relaying stolen signs merely with their eyes and hands are guilty only of gamesmanship. Aided by technology off the field, it’s grand theft. And before anyone gets the brilliant idea that the Astros invented it, let it be said that they’ve taken it to its technologically logical 2010s extreme, but they weren’t exactly the first to even think about it.

“Every team with a scoreboard in center field has a spy inside at one time or another,” wrote Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby in his memoir — called My War with Baseball. Longtime catcher/coach/manager Birdie Tebbetts once told a Boston newspaper the 1940 Tigers didn’t have a spy in center field but a pitcher in the seats with binoculars–helping those Tigers lead the league in runs and win the pennant by a game.

Actually, it wasn’t binoculars — it was the telescopic sight of pitcher Tommy Bridges’s hunting rifle. He showed infielder Pinky Higgins how it might be used to steal signs from the upper deck in old Briggs (Tiger) Stadium. No less than the Tigers’ Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg revealed the scheme in his eventual memoir, Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life.

Two decades later, the Braves were caught playing The Riddle of the Stands, when two presumed fans in the Wrigley Field bleachers turned out to be pitchers Bob Buhl and Joey Jay, posing as bleacher creatures but relaying signs stolen by binoculars to the Braves dugout. They’d relay the stolen signs to Braves hitters by moving their white scorecards, a la Connie Mack once using his to change his outfielders’ positionings from the dugout.

But the 1951 Giants had a spy in the center field clubhouse of the Polo Grounds. When Leo Durocher discovered a former Cub now a Giant (Hank Schenz) owned a Wollensak spy glass — which he used to steal signs from Wrigley Field’s center field scoreboard — Durocher couldn’t resist, deploying coach Herman Franks to the clubhouse, spyglass in hand.

From there, Franks would catch the opposition catcher’s signs through the spyglass darkly and relay them to the Giants bullpen, from whence quick flashes of tiny but visible light would tell Giant hitters who wanted the purloined signals what was coming up to the plate. Yes, children, the Giants stole the pennant! The Giants stole the pennant!

The 1951 Dodgers suspected Durocher was up to something down that stretch — the Giants came back from 13 games out to force the pennant playoff — but when they thought about catching his surveillance cold with their own pair of binoculars an umpire confiscated the field glasses post haste. As Thomas Boswell snarked in due course, “Why, that would be unfair to the high-tech cheaters!”

In due course, and after the Giants moved to San Francisco, an infielder on the 1951 pennant cheaters (er, winners), Bill Rigney, now managing the team, fashioned a simpler system in 1959 to keep the Braves at bay while two games ahead with ten left in the season: the spy would simply close and open certain scoreboard slats to relay pilfered signs.

Rigney also found a player objecting to that bright idea, relief pitcher Al Worthington. A man of deep Christian beliefs, Worthington persuaded Rigney to knock it off unless he wanted Worthington to walk off the team. Rigney knocked it off. The Braves ended up in a pennant playoff with the eventual winning Dodgers.

“I told Bill that I had been talking to church groups, telling people you don’t have to lie or cheat in this world if you trust Jesus Christ,” Worthington told a magazine writer. “How could I go on saying those things if I was winning games because my team was cheating?”

But when Worthington was traded to the White Sox, after their 1959 American League pennant, he was slightly surprised to discover general manager Hank Greenberg’s crew had a binocular sign-stealing system in full swing. And that he couldn’t discourage Greenberg quite the way he discouraged Rigney.

“Baseball is a game where you try to get away with everything you can,” Greenberg told the stolid relief pitcher. “You cut corners when you run the bases. If you trap a ball in the outfield, you swear you caught it. Everybody tries to cheat a little.” Worthington took a hike. Trying to trade him, the White Sox discovered Worthington now had a reputation as a nutbag.

Let’s see. Greenberg couldn’t quite enunciate the distinction between corner cutting on the bases, ball trapping in the outfield, and spying, buzzing, and binocularity. And Worthington needed psychiatric attention? (In due course, Worthington returned to the Show, first with the Reds, and then with the pennant-winning 1965 Twins.)

Sometimes teams have been caught red Octobered. In 2010, a Phillies bullpen coach, Mick Billmeyer, was caught on camera sitting on the bullpen bench with binoculars up to his eyes. Billmeyer claimed he was only monitoring Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz’s positioning, but the Rockies television broadcast caught Billmeyer training his binoculars on Rockies catcher Miguel Olivo.

Charlie Manuel, then the Phillies’ manager, gave a beauty of an explanation afterward. “We were not trying to steal signs,” he told a reporter. “Would we try to steal somebody’s signs? Yeah, if we can. But we don’t do that. We’re not going to let a guy stand up there in the bullpen with binoculars looking in. We’re smarter than that.” Don’t ask.

Billmeyer may only have acted upon the impulse of franchise history. The 1899 Phillies got caught red handed with high tech for the time sign stealing, in which a buzzer under the third base coaching line would give a tiny shock to third base coach Pearce Chiles standing atop it — while it was hidden under wet grass.

Reds catcher Tommy Corcoran suspected the coach’s leg twitches and dug his spikes until he hit the board under which the shocker was tucked. Thus was spiked the Phillies’ prehistoric electrotheft, which began with third-string catcher Morgan Murphy hiding behind a center field ad using binoculars to get the opposing signs and relay them by buzzer to Chiles. As if that was liable to be the end of it.

The same year Billmeyer got bagged, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina caught on to someone in Petco Park’s center field camera well, in a Padres’ sport shirt, brandishing binoculars and clutching a walkie talkie while he was at it. If you think he was chatting between innings with his kids in the grandstands, I have a cane .45 to sell you cheap.

In this decade, maybe the second most suspected of baseball intelligence operations was the Blue Jays, mostly around their once-infamous Man in White — believed to be sitting behind center field in Rogers Centre relaying signs. There were those who believed he was in business up to and including the 2015 American League Championship Series.

And while last year the Indians (eliminated in the division series) warned the Red Sox (who won the pennant and the World Series) to beware Astro infiltration, the previous year a Red Sox trainer was caught deploying an Apple Watch to steal Yankee signs. Which may have been the pot dressing the kettle black: the Red Sox complained the Empire Emeritus used cameras of their YES broadcast network to spy on the Olde Towne Team in-game.

That provided the only known instance in which current commissioner Rob Manfred has punished anyone for espionage, fining the Red Sox and harrumphing that “all thirty clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks.”

Lest you think baseball’s high-tech black bag jobbers get away with murder entirely, be advised. The 1899 Phillies finished third behind the National League pennant-winning Brooklyn Superbas (the Dodgers to be). The 1940 Tigers lost the World Series in seven to the Reds. The 1951 Giants were flattened by the Yankees in five in that Series. The 1960 Braves finished second and seven back of the pennant and World Series winning Pirates; the 1960 White Sox finished 10 back of the pennant-winning Yankees.

The 2010 Phillies won the National League East but lost the National League Championship Series to the Giants; the 2010 Padres finished second to the Giants in the NL West. The Blue Jays still haven’t been seen anywhere near the World Series since the Clinton Administration. The 2017 Red Sox got pushed to one side by the Astros in the division series.

Don’t even think about going there — yes, the hitter still has to hit the ball. But don’t kid yourself: it’s a lot easier to hit or lay off what you know is coming.

And, if you assume the Astros didn’t quite put the AIA out of business this year, it did them no favors in this year’s World Series. They had the postseason home-field advantage, but the Nats won the Series on the road entirely. And they were prepared — according to relief pitcher Sean Doolittle, every Nats pitcher was given five different sets of signs to switch up to just in case. If the Astros were stealing signs electronically this time around, it qualifies as maybe the single most inept case of spy-ops since the Watergate burglary.

Baseball government’s investigation won’t stop with just the Astros. Their disgraced former assistant general manager, Brandon Taubman, already facing further questions about taunting women reporters with their controversial trade to acquire then-domestic violence suspended Roberto Osuna, may be questioned about Astrogate. So might two former Astros — 2017 bench coach Alex Cora (now the Red Sox manager and with a 2018 World Series ring on his finger) and 2017 designated hitter Carlos Beltran (freshly hired to manage the Mets). And so may a good number of teams, with or without ex-Astros in the ranks.

Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer is known as a drone builder and lover. (He’s also known as a frequent Astro critic.) Before the 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland — and before the Indians traded him to the Reds — Bauer deployed one of his mechanical flying pets to tour the empty park taking footage, demonstrating potential television broadcast advancement. On another occasion, a Bauer drone followed Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin running out a game-winning inside-the-park home run.

How large a jump would it prove to be from Bauer’s hobbying to a team developing enough drone expertise to hover them over the park on behalf of a new kind of in-game intelligence operation? Would baseball’s next great technological development then be not robot umpires, but teams developing strategic defense initiatives? (Will we spend the seventh-inning stretch singing, “Take me out to the spy games?”)

If Mike Fiers has hit the buzzer properly, and if baseball dicks perform the genuine Astrogate investigation the Astros may not prefer to do, Manfred isn’t long before having the chance to do something more than harrumph that he’s going to … be very, very angry at anyone caught playing “Smile! You’re on Candid Camera!” again.

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“If we were looking for a model for a statue of a slugger, we would choose Sam Crawford.” Baseball Magazine, 1916

“Wahoo Sam” Crawford began his baseball career playing semi-pro ball around his birthplace of Wahoo, Nebraska. He rose quickly through the minors, debuting at age 19 with the Cincinnati Reds in September, 1899, batting .307 in 31 games. After moderate success in 1900, he emerged the next season, hitting .330 and leading the league with 16 home runs. The consistent Crawford would hit .333 the following year, and .335 in 1903, when he jumped to the Detroit Tigers. 1903 also marked his second consecutive year leading his league in triples, with 25; the triple was a specialty of Crawford’s, who finished his career with 309 three-baggers legged out in the cavernous ballparks of the dead ball era.

With outfield contributions from Crawford and the young Ty Cobb, the Tigers broke out in 1907 to the first of three consecutive pennants. Crawford led the league in runs in 1907, while hitting .323. The next year he led in Home runs, with 7, batting .311. In the third straight pennant year, 1909, he hit .314, leading the league in doubles, with 35. The Tigers, alas, lost all three World Series, the first two to the Cubs and the 1909 series to Honus Wagner and the Pirates. Though Crawford hit three doubles and a homer in the 1909 series, his career World Series batting average was just .243.

Though there would be no more World Series for the Tigers with Crawford, he certainly continued to pace the club and the league. In 1910, he led the league in triples and runs batted in—the first of three times he would lead the league in that vital category. In 1911, he batted .378, the highest mark of his career. He led the league in triples three consecutive years, beginning in 1913, and in runs batted in in 1914 and 1915.

1917 was the final big league season for Crawford, who led the league in triples 6 times, home runs twice, runs batted in three times, total bases twice, and once each in runs and doubles. For his career, he batted .309 over 19 seasons, while also hitting the identical number—309—in triples. He stole 367 bases, drove in 1,525 runs, scored 1,391 times, hit 458 doubles, and rang up 2,961 hits. He remains the career leader in triples, hitting 14 more than Cobb, a teammate with whom he did not always get along. Never the less, Cobb’s advocacy of Crawford is often cited as a contributing factor in his 1957 election to the Hall of Fame.

Crawford knew what he was doing at the plate: “My idea of batting is a thing that should be done unconsciously…If you get to studying it too much…you will miss it altogether.”