The Yankees had four players taken in the Rule 5 draft Wednesday, while the O's picked three. The Tigers picked D-Backs outfielder Victor Reyes No. 1; LHP/OF Anthony Gose was picked by the Astros, from the Rangers system; and the Royals made two trades.
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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
Angels GM Billy Eppler was already having a strong winter with Justin Upton's contract extension and the Shohei Ohtani acquisition. Now he's filled a major hole by acquiring second baseman Ian Kinsler from Detroit for two fringe prospects. Kinsler, 35, is still a very good defender and a threat to steal 15-20 bases. He also plays the game with a competitive edge that should make him a nice fit in a relatively serene Angels' clubhouse. The Angels are reportedly working on a trade to acquire a third baseman — possibly San Diego's Chase Headley — so Eppler might not be done yet.
- Yanks lose four minor leaguers in Rule 5 draft
- Angels get Kinsler for prospects in Tigers trade
- Bob Costas wins Frick Award for broadcasting
- Morris, Trammell reunited as Hall of Famers
Ian Kinsler is headed to Los Angeles, as the veteran second baseman has been dealt by the Tigers to the Angels.
Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
Angels GM Billy Eppler is still looking for a second baseman to round out his batting order, and there's a growing sense that Detroit's Ian Kinsler is at the top of his list. The two teams continue to talk, but no deal was imminent as of Wednesday afternoon. The Mets, Giants and Brewers also have checked in on Kinsler, who is signed for an affordable $10 million in 2018. The Angels are among the teams on Kinsler's no trade list, but he would most likely waive it and go to Anaheim for a contract extension.
As a boy, Bob Costas took a cross-country drive with his dad, delighting in spinning the radio dial and listening "through the crackle and static" to broadcasts from far-flung ballparks.
Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer
Tigers Manager Ron Gardenhire on his rebuilding club: "I have had a lot of good conversations with Al (Avila) about what we are trying to do. I understand it and I am all in with them."
After being dumped by the Astros, he remade his swing and is now set to make nine figures on this winter's free-agent market.
Fittingly, Jack Morris reached the Hall of Fame in extra innings. Morris was elected to the Hall by its Modern Era Committee along with former Tigers teammate Alan Trammell, completing a joint journey from Motown to Cooperstown.
Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer
New Hall of Famer Jack Morris, addressing writers who did not vote him during his original 15-year window, "I want you to know, I'm not mad at any of you." A little later, he joked, "Now that I'm in, I don't have to worry about any of it."
Former Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era Committee after previously falling short of induction to Cooperstown.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The debate over Jack Morris was one of the most contentious in Hall of Fame history, and while the writers ultimately rejected Morris, he's now going to Cooperstown -- and he'll be joined by Alan Trammell, his longtime Tigers teammate. Morris and Trammell were elected by the 16-person Modern Era Ballot committee. Trammell should have been elected long ago, a player who ranked eighth all time among shortstops in WAR. Morris doesn't have much of an analytic case with a 3.90 career ERA, but he does have Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. This time, that was enough to get him the support he needed.
Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer
You have to wonder if the heavy lean towards AL contemporaries among the former players voting on the Modern Era Committee didn't help Alan Trammell and Jack Morris finally get into the Hall of Fame in this latest iteration of the Veterans Committee. Trammell was deserving but let down by the BBWAA ballot, while Morris is sure to be one of the most controversial selections of the last 30-plus years.
Tigers great Alan Trammell is among the nine players -- plus former union chief Marvin Miller -- getting another shot at Cooperstown. Who are the best bets to get elected on Sunday?
Right-hander Mike Fiers, who led the Astros in innings pitched last season, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $6 million with the Tigers.
Leonys Martin, who hit .172 last season with the Mariners and the Cubs, agreed with the Tigers on a one-year, $1.75 million contract.
Atlanta first baseman Matt Adams was among 26 players who gained free agency on Friday night when their former teams failed to offer them 2018 contracts. The list also includes Cubs closer Hector Rondon.
A Massachusetts appeals court has dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the widow of former Major League pitcher Mark Fidrych.
After 10 years in Detroit, maybe Miggy is perfectly content to finish out his career in the same place even though the Tigers are just getting started on a rebuild. Still, you'd like to see such an all-time great get a shot at a few more high-stakes games.
The Detroit Tigers and left-hander Blaine Hardy avoided arbitration with a one-year deal announced Saturday.
Yes, Miguel Cabrera's trade value is low, but the Tigers might want to consider eating the majority of his contract to get back some type of return.
Tigers add seven to 40-man, sign LHP Carpenter
Detroit added RHPs Spencer Turnbull, Gerson Moreno and Eduardo Jimenez, LHP Gregory Soto, C Grayson Greiner, OF Mike Gerber and SS Sergio Alcantara to its 40-man roster on Monday. The Tigers also signed free-agent LHP Ryan Carpenter to a one-year deal.
New York and Detroit have reportedly had preliminary talks regarding a deal that would send Ian Kinsler to Queens.
Five minor leaguers, including former Tigers pitcher Angel Nesbitt, have been suspended for violating the drug program. The commissioner's office announced the suspensions Friday.
Eaves homers in AFL
Tigers infield prospect Kody Eaves went 2-for-5 with a solo home run for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League's regular-season finale on Thursday. The 24-year-old slashed .337/.389/.554 with three long balls and nine RBIs in 22 games this fall.
The Angels have reportedly had extensive internal discussions regarding a trade for Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler.