BREAKING: Detroit Tigers sign former All-Star pitcher to 1-year deal

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila recently said he was not necessarily finished with building his roster for the 2018 campaign and that has proven to come true.

According to reports, the Tigers have signed former All-Star pitcher Francisco Liriano to a 1-year, $4 million deal.

Liriano, who is 34-years-old, has spent 12 seasons in Major League Baseball, including the 2017 season split between the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros where he posted a 5.66 ERA in 38 total appearances (18 starts with Toronto and 20 bullpen appearances with Houston.

There is no word yet on how Liriano will be used in Detroit but you can expect for him to be given a shot to earn a spot in the rotation.


Section 313, Seat No. 19: Victor Martinez would do best to keep his mouth shut

Communication is a two-way street. One cannot deny this. It is especially important for a new Major League manager to make as many connections to his veteran players as soon as possible once hired. By all accounts, Ron Gardenhire has done a very good job of taking on his new role as the Detroit Tigers manager. However, perennial pain-in-the-ass Victor Martinez didn’t mince words when he was asked about his first contact with the team’s new skipper — contact that as of the first day of Spring Training, still hadn’t been made.

According to Evan Woodbury, Gardenhire did try to reach out to the team’s DH this winter but didn’t leave a voicemail because the inbox was full. This is part one of that two-way street. As far as effort goes, Gardenhire did his job. However, Victor’s comment that, “he should have sent…a text,” just screams of an entitled, overpaid athlete.

This is not Victor’s first instance of problem-causing for the club. Last season, he complained about the dimensions of Comerica Park, a park that is large but isn’t a death trap for hitters, according to Mike Petriello of

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