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  1. Soria to get new bullpen role?

    AJ Mass

    If the Detroit Tigers have a ninth-inning lead to protect at any point during their crucial weekend series with the Kansas City Royals, they are more than likely going to rely on veteran Joe Nathan to shake off Tuesday's blown save in the hopes he ca...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  2. Shaky Nathan still closer?

    AJ Mass

    When all was said and done on Saturday, Joe Nathan earned his 25th save of the season. However, he didn't do so without first allowing two hits and a run -- once again raising some potential red flags for manager Brad Ausmus that perhaps the veteran ...

    Blog | August 17, 2014
  3. Changes ahead in Tigers pen?

    AJ Mass

    According to Detroit Tigers beat writer James Schmehl, "The Tigers were prepared to promote newly signed reliever Jim Johnson to Detroit on Wednesday night. In an odd twist, Johnson actually asked to stay in the minors a bit longer." Manager Brad...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  4. Soria's arrival won't affect ninth

    AJ Mass

    The Detroit Tigers made a deal on Wednesday to acquire reliever Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers in exchange for pitching prospects Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson. "I'm going to a new team, and that's going to be my new family and I will do wh...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  5. Will Tigers stick with Coke?

    AJ Mass

    There's been a lot of worry of late about the Detroit Tigers bullpen, much of it specifically focused on the struggles of Joe Nathan and Joba Chamberlain. However, a lot of heat has also been directed at left-handed set-up man Phil Coke. Terry Fos...

    Blog | June 12, 2014
  6. Nathan's closer job in jeopardy?

    Joe Kaiser

    Joe Nathan has already blown more saves (4) this season in Detroit than he did all of last season in Texas (3), and the Tigers have to be worried about the 39-year-old's struggles over the first two months of the season. Worried enough to make a c...

    Blog | May 30, 2014
  7. My best and worst free-agent predictions

    Jim Bowden

    One of my favorite pieces I write every year is my free-agent predictions. For those unfamiliar, at the start of every offseason, I make my best guess at what each free agent's contract will look like and give a prediction of where he will sign. I...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  8. Closer Report: Papelbon's woes

    Eric Karabell

    Honestly, if closers keep pitching the way they have so far this season, we're going to need to devote a daily column to it. On Monday, those fellows were a mess. On Tuesday, it was a bit quieter. On Wednesday, an incredible six closers blew saves, s...

    Blog | April 03, 2014
  9. Position battle: Rangers closer

    AJ Mass

    Last season, Joe Nathan saved 43 games for the Texas Rangers. This season, he won't save any, as the reliever opted for free agency and will now be closing out victories for the Detroit Tigers. That leaves manager Ron Washington with a problem that n...

    Blog | March 12, 2014
  10. Rick Porcello is the top breakout candidate this season - MLB

    Mike Petriello

    Mike Petriello explains why this is finally the year that Rick Porcello becomes a dominant pitcher.

    Story | Conversation | February 20, 2014
  11. Feliz wants Rangers' closer job

    Joe Kaiser

    Neftali Feliz made only six appearances in relief in 2013 after recovering from Tommy John surgery, and with Joe Nathan now in Detroit the opportunity is there for Feliz to return to the role of closer. Competition from other closing candidates like ...

    Blog | January 01, 2014
  12. Biggest missed opportunities for the hot stove - MLB

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski looks at which teams missed the biggest opportunities this winter.

    Story | Conversation | December 17, 2013
  13. Tigers make a mistake in strategy

    Keith Law

    Viewed in a vacuum, the Tigers just misdiagnosed their bullpen problem as an isolated issue with the ninth inning rather than a lack of depth or quality across the board. Signing Joe Nathan to a two-year deal isn't excessive, as he probably has at le...

    Blog | December 03, 2013
  14. One deal for every AL team

    Jim Bowden

    On Monday I offered up one move I'd like to see for every team in the National League, and today we will cover the AL clubs. AL East Baltimore Orioles The Move: Sign Matt Garza to a four-year, $60 million deal. Why: The Orioles have ...

    Blog | November 19, 2013
  15. 2013 MLB free agency relief pitchers buyer's guide

    Keith Law

    Keith Law breaks down the best and worst values on the reliever free-agent market, and also offers up some trade targets.

    Story | Conversation | November 11, 2013
  16. Robinson Cano to the Mets, and more potential 'mystery team' deal...

    Dave Cameron

    Dave Cameron identifies some potential "mystery team" deals -- acquisitions that would be a surprise, but would make sense.

    Story | Conversation | November 10, 2013