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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Detroit Tigers offseason activity tracker

It's easy to have a transaction or two fly under your radar, elude your notice during what is usually a busy offseason.

This file will contain a list of all the moves — minor and major — that the Detroit Tigers make in the 2012-13 offseason. Bookmark it, and return often to see if anything's changed. Click on the red highlighted text for a link to more on that move.

Team president, CEO and general manager Dave Dombrowski laid out the framework for what was likely to happen this offseason in his after-season news conference on Oct. 30.

Here are the moves so far:

Brought back manager Jim Leyland and his staff.
• Reinstated Ryan Raburn from the 15-day disabled list, Victor Martinez and Daniel Schlereth from the 60-day disabled list.
• Exercised the $6 million option on the contract of shortstop Jhonny Peralta.
• Exercised the $3.5 million option on the contract of reliever Octavio Dotel.
Removed utility man Don Kelly from the roster. He cleared waivers, and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, but elected free agency instead.
Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon interviews for the Miami Marlins' vacant managerial position. [UPDATE: The Marlins hired Mike Redmond instead.]
• Former player, coach and minor league manager Bruce Fields returns to the Tigers system as minor league hitting coordinator.
Outgoing free agent Delmon Young sentenced for April incident in New York.
• Sign former Blue Jays RHP Shawn Hill to a minor league contract as organizational depth.
Sign outfielder Torii Hunter to a reported two-year, $26 million deal.
• Back-up catcher Gerald Laird signs a two-year deal with the Braves, leaving the Tigers without an established second-line catcher.
Ryan Raburn released, clearing room on 40-man roster for guys like Bruce Rondon.
Sign 19 players to minor-league contracts.
Tigers tender contract to seven arbitration-eligible players — Alex Avila, Brennan Boesch, Phil Coke, Doug Fister, Austin Jackson, Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer.
Tigers non-tender LHP Daniel Schlereth, who was not yet arbitration eligible.
Shuffle coaching staff duties, making Gene Lamont bench coach and putting Tom Brookens at third.
Trade LHP Andy Oliver to the Pirates for minor-league catcher Ramon Cabrera.
Acquire 2B/UT Jeff Kobernus, LHP Kyle Lobstein in Rule 5 draft swaps.
Sign switch-hitting FA catcher Brayan Pena to back up Alex Avila.
Don Kelly among 17 non-roster invitees to spring training
• Avoid arbitration with six of seven eligible players
Avoid arbitration with Max Scherzer, signing him to a one-year, $6.725M deal
Come to terms on 2013 contracts with seven pre-arbitration-eligible players, including Bruce Rondon


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