Victor Martinez And Max Scherzer Decline Qualifying Offers, Detroit Tigers Staff Changes and more..


The Hot Stove league is starting to heat up as the free agent market is becoming more defined after players decline qualifying offers.  Victor Martinez and Max Scherzer were two of those players after they declined their $15.3 million one-year qualifying offers.  The move was expected and General Managers from around baseball were just waiting for the deadline to pass so they could start contacting agents.

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Other than monitoring the free agent market, the Detroit Tigers were busy rounding out their 2015 coaching and minor league staffs.  Those hired range from familiar names like Mike Henneman and Mike Maroth to unfamiliar names like David Newhan.

Meanwhile in the fantasy world Justin Verlander lives in, Kate Upton is mocking him for his cooking skills (We should all be so lucky)

All of these links and more in the Detroit Tigers Tuesday Edition of the Detroit Jock City Morning Drive.

From Ann Arbor News: Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez Offically Free Agents

"As expected, the Detroit Tigers made qualifying offers to Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez. As expected, both players rejected them. The deadline of 5 p.m. today passed without either Scherzer or Martinez accepting their qualifying offer from the Tigers. The Tigers can still sign either or both of the free agents, but since they made qualifying offers that were rejected they will receive a draft pick or draft picks as compensation if either or both sign elsewhere."

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  • From the Freep: Detroit Tigers Put Trust In Mike Henneman and Mike Maroth

    "The Detroit Tigers believe they have several talented young pitchers developing in the farm system that will continue to improve by working with recently promoted pitching coaches Mike Maroth and Mike Henneman. Maroth, a lefty who pitched for the Tigers from 2002-07, was promoted to Triple-A Toledo from High-A Lakeland. Henneman, who saved 154 games for the Tigers from 1987-1995, moves up to Double-A Erie from Low-A West Michigan."

    From MLive: Detroit Tigers Hire David Newhan To Repalce Darnell Coles

    "The Detroit Tigers on Monday announced that they have hired David Newhan as their assistant hitting coach to replace Darnell Coles, who recently left the organization to become the hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers. Newhan managed Single-A Vermont as part of the Oakland Athletics organization in 2014 after spending the previous three seasons in the San Diego Padres organization as the hitting coach for their Single-A team."

    From Bless You Boys: Detroit Tigers Offseason Target Nori Aoki

    "Aoki finished fifth in the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year voting after hitting .288/.355/.433 in 520 plate appearances for the Brewers. It is still his best offensive season since coming to America, but Aoki has still hit .287 with a .353 on-base percentage in over 1800 plate appearances."

    From SI: Kate Upton Mock Justin Verlanders Cooking Skills

    "Detroit Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander was trying to make a delicious pizza for himself and girlfriend Kate Upton when something terrible happened: he dropped the food while pulling it out of the oven, sending the cheese and sauce flying all over the kitchen floor. Upton decided to share the Cy Young Award winner’s cooking troubles with the world through the magic of Twitter."