2016 Detroit Tigers season
|2016 Detroit Tigers|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Al Avila|
|Local television||Fox Sports Detroit
(Mario Impemba, Rod Allen, Kirk Gibson, Jack Morris) 
|Local radio||Detroit Tigers Radio Network
(Dan Dickerson, Jim Price)
|< Previous season|
The 2016 Detroit Tigers season is the team's 116th season. The Tigers opened the season on the road against the Miami Marlins on April 5, and their home opener was on April 8 against the New York Yankees.
- 1 Roster moves
- 2 Standings
- 3 Season highlights
- 4 Game Log
- 5 Current roster
- 6 References
- 7 External links
- On October 19, Jeff Jones announced his retirement, after spending the last five seasons as the Tigers pitching coach, and nine seasons on the Tigers' coaching staff. On October 29, Rich Dubee was hired as his successor.
- On November 30, the Tigers signed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year, $110 million contract.
- On December 6, the Tigers signed pitcher Mike Pelfrey to a two-year, $16 million contract.
- Also on December 6, the Tigers signed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a one-year contract for the major league minimum salary. (The Miami Marlins are paying the bulk of Saltalamacchia's existing contract through the end of 2016.)
- On December 8, the Tigers signed pitcher Mark Lowe to a two-year, $11 million contract.
- On December 18, the Tigers signed utility player Mike Avilés to a one-year, $2 million contract.
- On January 13, the Tigers avoided arbitration with newly-acquired pitcher Justin Wilson, agreeing on a one-year, $1.525 million contract.
- On January 14, the Tigers avoided arbitration with infielder Andrew Romine, agreeing on a one-year, $900,000 contract.
- On January 15, the Tigers avoided arbitration with shortstop José Iglesias, agreeing on a one-year, $2.1 million contract.
- On January 20, the Tigers signed outfielder Justin Upton to a six-year, $132.75 million contract.
- On February 8, the Tigers avoided arbitration with outfielder J. D. Martinez, agreeing on a two-year, $18.5 million contract extension.
- On November 9, relief pitcher Guido Knudson was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- On November 25, free agent catcher Alex Avila left the Tigers and signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.
- On December 2, the Tigers announced they would not tender contracts to relief pitchers Al Alburquerque and Neftalí Feliz, making them free agents. On January 6, Feliz signed a one-year, $3.9 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. On January 19, Alburquerque signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
- On December 17, free agent outfielder Rajai Davis left the Tigers and signed a one-year, $5.25 million contract with the Cleveland Indians.
- On March 17, free agent pitcher Alfredo Simón left the Tigers and signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds.
- On November 18, the Tigers acquired closer Francisco Rodríguez from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for infielder Javier Betancourt and a player to be named later.
- On November 20, the Tigers traded relief pitchers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for outfielder Cameron Maybin.
- On December 9, the Tigers traded pitchers Chad Green and Luis Cessa to the New York Yankees in exchange for pitcher Justin Wilson.
- On December 21, the Tigers traded pitcher Kyle Lobstein to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.
- On January 27, the Tigers traded infielder Jefry Marté to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for infielder Kody Eaves.
- On March 29, the Tigers traded catcher Bryan Holaday to the Texas Rangers in exchange for catcher Bobby Wilson and pitcher Myles Jaye.
- On May 3, the Tigers traded catcher Bobby Wilson to the Texas Rangers in exchange for pitcher Chad Bell.
American League Central
|American League Central||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|Kansas City Royals||81||81||0.500||13½||47–34||34–47|
|Chicago White Sox||78||84||0.481||16½||45–36||33–48|
Record vs. opponents
2016 American League Records
Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
- On April 5, Justin Verlander became the first Tigers pitcher to record a hit on Opening Day since Mickey Lolich in 1971, and the first American League pitcher to do since Milwaukee's Bill Parsons and Oakland's Ken Holtzman both singled on April 15, 1972.
- On April 6, Víctor Martínez became the first player in modern Major League history to hit a pinch-hit home run in his team's first two regular-season games of the season, and the first player to do so since at least 1914.
- On April 13, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his 100th career home run, with a grand slam off Arquimedes Caminero of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- On April 20, Víctor Martínez recorded his 1,000th career RBI, becoming just the fifth Venezuelan-born player in MLB history to reach the milestone.
- On April 20, Jordan Zimmermann became the first pitcher in Tigers history to begin a season with three consecutive outings of six or more scoreless innings. His 19 1⁄3 consecutive shutout innings mark the longest streak to begin a Tigers tenure since Doug Bair threw 19 1⁄3 consecutive scoreless innings after a midseason trade from St. Louis in 1983.
- Jordan Zimmermann became the sixth pitcher to finish April with five-plus wins, zero losses and a sub-1.00 ERA. He joins Fernando Valenzuela (1981), Randy Johnson (2000), Cliff Lee (2008), Zack Greinke (2009), and Ubaldo Jiménez (2010). Zimmermann's 0.55 ERA is the third-best mark for April in Tigers history. He has allowed just two earned runs in 33 innings pitched. The only two Detroit pitchers with better ERAs in April were Bernie Boland with a 0.30 ERA in 1915 and John Hiller with a 0.36 ERA in 1974. Zimmermann became the first Detroit pitcher to win each of his first five starts to a season since Frank Tanana in 1988. Zimmermann was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for April.
- On May 8, Justin Verlander recorded his 1,981st strikeout, surpassing Jack Morris for the second-most strikeouts among Tigers pitchers. Verlander only trails Mickey Lolich who had 2,679 from 1963–1979.
- On May 18, Justin Verlander recorded his 2,000th career strikeout, becoming just the second Tigers pitcher to reach the milestone, following Mickey Lolich.
- On May 24, Francisco Rodríguez recorded his 400th career save, becoming just the sixth pitcher in MLB history to reach the milestone.
- With a game time temperature of 31 °F (−1 °C), the April 9 game in Detroit against the Yankees was the coldest ever at Comerica Park.
|Tigers win||Tigers loss||Game postponed|
|2016 Game Log (24–27)|
Detroit Tigers roster
|Active roster||Inactive roster||Coaches/Other|
25 active, 15 inactive
10px 7- or 15-day disabled list
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- Beck, Jason (October 20, 2015). "After distinguished career, pitching coach Jones retires". MLB.com. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
- Beck, Jason (October 29, 2015). "Tigers name Dubee pitching coach". MLB.com. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
- Beck, Jason (November 30, 2015). "Tigers ink Zimmermann to five-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
- Beck, Jason (December 8, 2015). "Pelfrey signs 2-year, $16M deal with Tigers". MLB.com. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
- Brown, David (December 6, 2015). "Tigers announce Mike Pelfrey and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signings". CBSsports.com. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
- Beck, Jason (December 6, 2015). "Tigers ink catcher Saltalamacchia to 1-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
- Beck, Jason (December 8, 2015). "Tigers strike 2-year deal with reliever Lowe". MLB.com. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
- Roberts, Quinn (December 18, 2015). "Tigers reach deal with veteran infielder Aviles". MLB.com. Retrieved December 18, 2015.
- Beck, Jason (January 13, 2016). "Tigers avoid arbitration with Wilson". MLB.com. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
- Beck, Jason (January 14, 2016). "Detroit avoids arbitration with Romine". MLB.com. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
- Beck, Jason (January 15, 2016). "Tigers, J.D. exchange figures; Iglesias agrees". MLB.com. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
- Beck, Jason (January 19, 2016). "Upton's 6-year deal has short-term flexibility". MLB.com. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
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- Beck, Jason (February 8, 2016). "Tigers, J.D. come to 2-year agreement". MLB.com. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
- Berry, Adam (November 9, 2015). "Bucs claim righty reliever Knudson from Tigers". MLB.com. Retrieved November 9, 2015.
- Merkin, Scott (November 25, 2015). "White Sox sign catcher Avila to one-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
- Beck, Jason (December 2, 2015). "Tigers non-tender Feliz, Alburquerque". MLB.com. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
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- Gonzalez, Alden (January 19, 2016). "Angels officially ink reliever Alburquerque". MLB.com. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
- Fordin, Spencer; Kruth, Cash (December 17, 2015). "Tribe signs Davis; Napoli reportedly near deal". MLB.com. Retrieved December 17, 2015.
- Sheldon, Mark (March 17, 2016). "Simon returns to Reds on 1-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved March 17, 2016.
- Beck, Jason (November 18, 2015). "Tigers get K-Rod from Brewers to be closer". MLB.com. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
- Laymance, Austin (November 20, 2015). "Tigers acquire Maybin in trade with Braves". MLB.com. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
- Hoch, Bryan (December 9, 2015). "Yankees land pair of pitching prospects for Wilson". MLB.com. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
- Beck, Jason (December 21, 2015). "Tigers trade Lobstein to Pirates for cash". MLB.com. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
- Beck, Jason (January 27, 2016). "Tigers add prospect Eaves, deal Marte to Angels". MLB.com. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
- Beck, Jason (March 29, 2016). "Tigers land catcher Wilson, righty for Holaday". MLB.com. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
- Beck, Jason (May 3, 2016). "Tigers activate McCann off DL, trade B. Wilson". MLB.com. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
- Beck, Jason; Frisaro, Joe (April 5, 2016). "Kinsler's 4th RBI saves Tigers in 11 after Fish rally". MLB.com. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
- Beck, Jason (April 6, 2016). "V-Mart sets mark with 2 pinch-hit HRs in first 2 games". MLB.com. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
- Beck, Jason (April 13, 2016). "100 grand: Salty's milestone HR memorable". MLB.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
- Sipple, George (April 21, 2016). "'It means a lot': Tigers' Victor Martinez records 1000th career RBI". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
- Beck, Jason; Flanagan, Jeffrey (April 20, 2016). "More zeros for Zimmermann as Tigers top KC". MLB.com. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
- Bollinger, Rhett; Hall, Biran (April 30, 2016). "J-Up's homer keeps Zimmermann undefeated". MLB.com. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
- Beck, Jason (May 2, 2016). "Zimmermann claims AL pitcher prize for April". MLB.com. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
- Vannini, Chris (May 8, 2016). "Verlander moves into 2nd on Tigers' all-time K's list". MLB.com. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
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- Beck, Jason (May 24, 2016). "K-Rod: 'Never expected' 400 saves as kid". MLB.com. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
- Beck, Jason (April 9, 2016). "Tigers, Yanks play coldest game at Comerica". MLB.com. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
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