The Tigers are the last known major league team affected by the coronavirus. Speaking with Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free-Press and other reporters on Wednesday, CEO Al Avila revealed that two people at the organization, a player and a staff member, tested positive for the disease. Neither individual has recovered yet, but the player was not working at the team’s spring facility in Lakeland, Florida when he hired him. Meanwhile, as a prostate cancer survivor, manager Ron Gardenhire is at greater risk than most of contracting COVID-19. Gardenhire admitted that it is “hard” about a season during a pandemic, but he is confident MLB will do everything possible to keep everyone safe, according to Fenech.
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- The Tigers have signed a supplemental second-round pick Daniel Cabrera for $ 1.2MM, above his slot value of $ 1,102,700, Jim Callis from MLB.com tweets. The former Louisiana outfielder was the 62nd overall choice. His treatment leaves the slugger Spencer Torkelson, the first overall team, as the only Detroit team that has not yet signed. The Tigers can pay Torkelson $ 7,775,700 without exceeding your $ 13,325,700 bonus and $ 8,441,985 without losing future elections, Callis points out. The value of the slot for pick No. 1 is $ 8,415,300.
- Right handed Michael Fulmer He’s made enough progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery in March 2019 that he’s ready to return to the mound when spring training resumes, according to Ávila (via Evan Woodbery of MLive.com). However, the Tigers aren’t going to get Fulmer, 27, back in-game action. “Once we get there and see him and see him and he starts training, we will just discover what we can do and how we can do it.” Gardenhire said. “Game situations are very different from practice.” The former American League Rookie of the Year (2016) was once among the game’s most cherished young pitchers, but along with injuries, a decline in performance has damaged his stock in the past two years. In 2018, the last time he pitched, Fulmer had his worst career ERA of 4.69 / 4.52 FIP in 132 1/3 innings.
- Gardenhire confirmed that featured Tigers cast prospects Casey Mize, Matt Manning, Tarik Skubal and Alex Faedo He will be in his 60-man taxi squad, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News Relay. “They will be part of this” Gardenhire said, but that doesn’t mean neither will make their major league debut this year, as Avila acknowledged that “It might be harder to get that experience for them.” during such a short season Anyway, being on the 60-man roster will at least give those who aren’t ready for the majors to play games within the squad and continue to thrive in a year that probably won’t have a season of minor leagues.