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09-13

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Let It Eat: The Last Night of the Tigers Dynasty That Wasn't
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Ben Carsley

09-04

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Transaction Analysis: Justin Time (Part 1)
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Bryan Grosnick and Jarrett Seidler

09-04

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Transaction Analysis: Justin Time (Part 2)
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Bryan Grosnick, Victor Filoromo, Emmett Rosenbaum and Jeffrey Paternostro

09-02

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 27: Justin Time!
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

08-30

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Rubbing Mud: Which Stripes Do You Switch?
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Matthew Trueblood

08-25

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Rubbing Mud: Are You Ready for the Fallout?
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Matthew Trueblood

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Avila Trades Avila (and Wilson)
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Zack Moser, Eric Roseberry and Emmett Rosenbaum

07-26

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The View From Behind The Backstop: If You Prefer A Milder Prospect Writer, Please Ask For One
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Jeffrey Paternostro

07-20

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The GM Trade Game
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Russell A. Carleton and BP Staff

07-19

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 17: Gotta Start Somewhere
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Bryan Grosnick, Ben Diamond and Shawn Brody

07-19

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Transaction Analysis: JD to AZ
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Wilson Karaman, Stacey Gotsulias, Mark Anderson and George Bissell

07-11

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Deep, But Playable: Almost Always Counts (Emotionally)
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Craig Goldstein

05-22

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Detroit's Earthworm Preservation Society
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Rob Mains

05-15

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Flu-Like Symptoms: The Worst Bullpen in Baseball
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Rob Mains

03-29

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Short Relief: Spring Dismissals, Veteran Expletives, and JaCobies Jones
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James Fegan, Nathan Bishop and Patrick Dubuque

03-23

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Short Relief: Playing the Right Way, Baserunning the Wrong Way, and Pitching the Rockies Way
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David Temple, Mo Bjonski and Zack Moser

03-16

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Short Relief: Disputing Crash, Remembering Bonderman, and Forgetting Pham
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Zack Moser, David Temple and James Fegan

03-15

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Detroit Tigers
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Bryan Grosnick

01-26

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Transaction Analysis: Need You To Need Me
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Bryan Grosnick

01-06

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Transaction Analysis: Post-Christmas Shopping
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Matthew Trueblood, Jared Wyllys and Brendan Gawlowski

09-02

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Prospect Profile: Spencer Turnbull
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Jessica Quiroli

08-31

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The Call-Up: JaCoby Jones
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Mark Anderson and Scooter Hotz

08-17

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Transaction Analysis: Tigers Add Iglesias Insurance
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Bryan Grosnick and Christopher Crawford

08-08

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What You Need to Know: We're Not in Asgaard Anymore
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Ashley Varela

08-04

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What You Need to Know: Everybody's Walk-Off Wild Pitching
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Demetrius Bell

07-13

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Two-Strike Approach: The Curse That Keeps Giving
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Cat Garcia

07-06

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Rubbing Mud: The Tigers Should Go For It
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Matthew Trueblood

06-27

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What You Need to Know: Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Hit Seven Homers and Lose
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Ashley Varela

06-23

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Prospectus Feature: The Increasingly Lopsided Everybody-Wins Trade
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Aaron Gleeman

06-13

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What You Need to Know: Nothing Left to Do But Win
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Ashley Varela

06-07

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Prospectus Feature: From a Cesspool, Success
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Aaron Gleeman

06-03

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Transaction Analysis: Just A Guy(s)
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Bryan Grosnick

05-17

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What You Need to Know: Jose Berrios: Not An Instant Ace
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Daniel Rathman

05-02

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What You Need to Know: Zimmermann Dealin'
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Ashley Varela

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Raisel Iglesias' Deus Ex Machina
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Demetrius Bell

03-11

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Life at the Margins: Catching Down
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Rian Watt

03-03

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Winter Is Leaving
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Sam Miller

02-25

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Pitching Backward: The Superest Utility
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Jeff Long

02-01

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Rubbing Mud: Catch a Tiger
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Matthew Trueblood

01-26

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Baseball Therapy: It's Nice to Have Options
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Russell A. Carleton

01-19

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Transaction Analysis: Upton a Luxury the Tigers can Afford
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Matthew Trueblood

12-29

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Rumor Roundup: Yo Back to Motown?
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Daniel Rathman

12-17

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Players Prefer Presentation: Baseball Owners and Their Predictable Needs
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Meg Rowley

12-02

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Jordan Zimmermann
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Doug Thorburn

11-30

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Transaction Analysis: It's All Happening, 'Mann
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

11-18

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2016 Prospects: Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects
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Christopher Crawford and BP Prospect Staff

11-11

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Rubbing Mud: The Great Big Exasperated AL Central Shrug
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Matthew Trueblood

10-12

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Prospectus Feature: DRA and Linear Weights. And Justin Verlander.
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Jonathan Judge

09-30

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Rubbing Mud: Check Norris
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Matthew Trueblood

05-22

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What You Need to Know: Bummed!
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Daniel Rathman

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So many stars, so close, and now so rebuilding.

The Detroit Tigers won 366 games between 2011 and 2014, which is 91.5 wins per season and a .565 winning percentage. They won four consecutive AL Central crowns.

They never won it all, of course. The 2014 Tigers lost in the ALDS, the 2011 and 2013 Tigers lost in the ALCS, and the 2012 Tigers lost the World Series. But they were formidable. They were talented. They were scary. And while it may seem like a distant memory now, they came about as close to a dynasty as any team without a single ring to show for their troubles can get.

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With his opt-out decision looming, the Tigers send Justin Upton to the Wild Card-chasing Angels.

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After a low-key July 31, the Astros make a big splash by acquiring longtime Tigers ace Justin Verlander.

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On the 27th episode of the DFA podcast, Bryan and R.J. discuss the Tigers' flash teardown and their deals of Justin Verlander to the Astros and Justin Upton to the Angels. Plus, the other little moves that made our second deadline so exciting, including Mike Leake to the Mariners, Brandon Phillips to the Angels, and more.

Welcome back to the DFA podcast! Hosts Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus) and R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), plus producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets), are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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Will the Tigers' struggles lead to another regime change? And if so, which type will it be?

It’s a lost season for the Tigers—something they could scarcely afford, but an easy thing to have seen coming, really. When they jettisoned longtime general manager Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers also seem to have thrown out whatever larger sense of direction they might have previously had. The roster Dombrowski left behind was, of course, an expensive, aged, and rigid one, but nothing Al Avila (Dombrowski’s lieutenant-turned-successor) has done over the last two-plus years has amended that, and to whatever extent that roster also held the promise of one or two more honest shots at a postseason berth, Avila has squandered those.

Last offseason, Avila took the half measure of trading Cameron Maybin in order to limit the team’s budgetary strain, but then (perhaps hamstrung by ownership, or perhaps out of a simple inability to find the right deals) went no further down the path of rebuilding. Crucially, he also didn’t load the team up with any significant reinforcements. It was a tough winter of needle-threading, with the health of then-owner Mike Illitch so obviously in decline and the countdown clock on Illitch’s Tigers dynasty dreams ticking down, so perhaps it’s understandable that Avila mostly missed his chances to guide the team out of mediocrity (in either direction), but fail he did.

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August 25, 2017 10:01 am

Rubbing Mud: Are You Ready for the Fallout?

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Matthew Trueblood

Suspensions are coming and the Yankees may be very short-handed in their playoff push.

Many people can name two songs by the band Fastball. I can name somewhere nearer a dozen. Too slow on the uptake to just start loading up on electronic music downloads in high school, I bought a whole bunch of CDs just to get my hands on a couple of songs. I wanted “The Way,” so I bought Fastball’s whole greatest hits album.

Buried somewhere in there is a song called “Are You Ready for the Fallout?”, which I think ended up on the soundtrack to Varsity Blues. It's not a good song, but at this moment, it could be dancing through the heads of Yankees fans (of some very specific age). It's sung to an unnamed friend whom the singer believes is destroying themselves by going through life with way too much bile on their tongue and too many scrapes on their knuckles.

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Tigers general manager Al Avila sends Justin Wilson and his son, Alex Avila, to the suddenly red hot Cubs.

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Not gonna tour with Trent Reznor. Third of three, bottom of the bill. You can’t pay me to make that kind of music. Not gonna swallow that pill.

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There’s a Stewart Lee bit in one of his recent stand-up specials that has always stuck with me. Lee’s an Edinburgh Fringe Festival stalwart, the British version of the comedian’s comedian. His persona is a smug intellectual—only partially a put-on for the stage—at best maintaining a chilly detente with his audience, but usually he descends into haranguing, mocking, or expressing his sincere disappointment in them.

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July 20, 2017 6:00 am

The GM Trade Game

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Russell A. Carleton and BP Staff

Were the offers better in this alternate reality?

It’s that time of year. The time when grown men hug each other to say goodbye after five months together. It’s also the time when refresh buttons are mashed on Twitter trying to catch the news of whatever trade is about to happen. It’s all so exciting. And here at BP, we like to get into the spirit of the season, too. It’s become an annual tradition to play the BP Trade Game, where we put on disguises that make us look like general managers, and pretend to trade for someone.

Today, we present the first entry in that series where we try to trade J.D. Martinez from the Tigers to a team looking for a rental bat. And, as sometimes happens with these, real life scooped us. I guess we shouldn’t feel too bad. On July 28, the Tigers are having a “Game of Thrones” night at Comerica Park, featuring a bobblehead of J.D. Martinez sitting on the throne.

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On the 17th episode of the DFA Podcast, Bryan, special guest Ben Diamond, and Shawn Brody discuss three big deals that are helping shape the 2017 playoff push. The Yankees pick up three pieces, the Nationals grab two, and the Diamondbacks just get one; how did each team do?

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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The Diamondbacks add another big bat to the lineup, snagging J.D. Martinez from the Tigers for a trio of prospects.

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Is bunting to break up a no-hitter only controversial because of how our brains work?

The date is June 21, and Justin Verlander has just struck out Mitch Haniger for the first out of the fifth inning. It was his 10th strikeout of the game, and if it wasn’t vintage Verlander that’s only because he didn’t throw his (once) devastating changeup, instead relying on a curveball with more drop than a Tiesto banger to play off his riding, mid-90s heater.

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