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64-98, 5th in AL Cent
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Baseball's best bets to break out in 2018

Wherever Christian Yelich plays this season, he's on a short list of players close to stardom. Who's ready to take a big step up in performance?

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Tigers, Castellanos agree to 1-year, $6.05M deal

The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $6.05 million contract with Nicholas Castellanos, avoiding arbitration. The Tigers also reached one-year deals with right-handers Alex Wilson ($1,925,000) and Shane Greene ($1.95 million).

William Weinbaum ESPN 

The legendary Dick Enberg, who died Thu. at 82, said in our 2015 interview on the eve of receiving the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford Frick Award, that calling a no-hitter is a broadcaster's greatest thrill. He announced 9 & said his favorite was Nolan Ryan's 2nd of 1973, 7/15 @ Detroit, when he struck out 17 & prankster Norm Cash came to the plate with a piano (or table) leg, with 2 outs in the 9th.

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Yanks lose four minor leaguers in Rule 5 draft

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.

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.

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.

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Bob Costas wins Frick Award for broadcasting

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."

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Morris, Trammell reunited as Hall of Famers

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.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25812th
On Base Percentage.32416th
Slugging Percentage.42418th
Earned Run Average5.3630th
Quality Starts7213th