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Could this former All-Star return to the Detroit Tigers?

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The 2018 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are officially underway, which means the rumors will be flying around for the next few days.

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For the Detroit Tigers, adding a shortstop during the offseason is priority No. 1 but general manager Al Avila has said the team will also be open to adding a second baseman if it makes sense.

As it stands, Dawel Lugo is probably the odds-on favorite to land the starting second baseman job out of Spring Training, but at just 23 years of age, he could probably use a bit of seasoning.

So, which second baseman could the Tigers bring in, not only to bridge the gap but to potentially deal at the 2019 Major League Baseball trade deadline?

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According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, the right man for the job could be former Tigers All-Star and Gold Glove winner, Ian Kinsler.

From Detroit Free Press:

Kinsler, 36, has been a winning player for the past decade, and now he finally has a World Series championship ring to show for it. Said one Red Sox executive about Kinsler’s contributions down the stretch last season, “He was really good for us.”

How did the Red Sox land Kinsler? In a July 30 trade with the Angels for a pair of pitching prospects.

Kinsler is a veteran player who should be very tradeable, especially if his offensive improvement from the second half carries over this season. He struggled in the first half with Los Angeles, but after finding his stride near midseason, he hit .282 in the second half with his customary quality defense at second base. Last season, Kinsler won the American League Gold Glove Award at second base, the second of his career.

Kinsler is almost certainly being considered by contending teams who need a second baseman. He could still be riding high on a World Series win in Boston and not particularly interested in re-joining the Tigers’ rebuilding efforts after he was given a reprieve at these Winter Meetings last year.

Fenech noted that though Kinsler’s best days are clearly behind him, he is still a solid player who can still handle himself in the field.

Kinsler’s best playing days are behind him, sure, but he’s still a very good baseball player. And if the Tigers are looking for a glove-first shortstop, then at worst, Kinsler is a glove-first second baseman with much more of an offensive track record than any of the shortstops under consideration.

His addition would unquestionably make the Tigers better next season and would make life much easier for manager Ron Gardenhire, who could put him at the top of the batting order, in the lineup every day without thinking, and give him an important veteran presence. Gardenhire would absolutely love Kinsler.
What do you think, Nation? Would you like to see Ian Kinsler wearing the Old English ‘D’ one more time?

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BREAKING: Detroit Tigers announce SP for Easter Sunday

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According to the Detroit Tigers, lefty Daniel Norris will get the start on Easter Sunday. It will be his first start of the 2019 campaign.

In three appearances this season, Norris has posted a 4.32 ERA with four strikeouts in 8.1 innings of work.

NOTE: Saturday’s game has been postponed due to inclement weather.

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REPORT: Detroit Tigers seem to have something special planned for Steve Yzerman

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Steve Yzerman has officially been announced as the next Executive VP and General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

That took place earlier at Little Caesars Arena which means Yzerman probably is looking for something to do for the remainder of the evening, right?

Well, it sounds like the Detroit Tigers have him covered.

According to Tony Paul of the Detroit News, it “looks like” Yzerman will be throwing out the first pitch before tonight’s game between the Tigers and the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park.

The Tigers even have a uniform ready for The Captain.

Nothing has been officially announced but it looks like Yzerman will indeed be throwing out the first pitch before tonight’s game.

LOOK: Detroit Tigers honor Red Wings’ Steve Yzerman on scoreboard

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LOOK: Detroit Tigers honor Red Wings’ Steve Yzerman on scoreboard

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On Friday, the Detroit Red Wings held a 3 p.m. press conference, officially announcing Steve Yzerman as their next Executive VP and General Manager.

Earlier this morning, news broke that Yzerman was coming home and that has certainly been the talk of the town.

As you can see in the photo below, the Detroit Tigers are welcoming Yzerman back to the Motor City via a picture on their scoreboard.

This is real, folks! Our Captain has returned home!

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