Detroit Tigers Player News: Last 7 days, All Positions

News: Reyes was selected by the Tigers with the first pick in the Rule 5 draft Thursday.
Impact: A singles hitter extraordinaire, Reyes has excellent bat-to-ball skills and some speed, but he has never been able to tap into enough power to profile in an outfield corner. The 23-year-old hit .292/.332/.399 with four home runs and 18 steals (on 27 attempts) in 516 plate appearances at Double-A in 2017. The Tigers likely valued his experience in the upper levels of the minors over some other players with more upside and more question marks. He will have to be kept on the active roster all season, otherwise he will be subjected to waivers and offered back to the Diamondbacks.
News: Hernandez was traded to the Tigers along with Troy Montgomery in exchange for Ian Kinsler on Wednesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Hernandez spent all of 2017 in rookie ball, compiling a 2.64 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 44:22 K:BB across 44.1 innings over work. The right-hander still has a ways to go before he's major-league ready, but he's just 18 years old with a projectable 6-foot-3 frame. He could start to climb up the minor-league ranks quickly once he fills out his frame and cleans up his control issues.
News: Montgomery was traded to the Tigers along with Wilkel Hernandez in exchange for Ian Kinsler on Wednesday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Impact: Montgomery worked his way up to Double-A Mobile last season after starting the season with Low-A Burlington, and he wound up slashing .271/.358/.413 with eight homers and 15 stolen bases across all three levels. The 23-year-old is a well-regarded defender who can play all three outfield positions. He's relatively fast and has above-average on-base skills, though his overall hit tool isn't anything overly impressive. He'll likely open the 2018 campaign at Double-A.
News: Contrary to a previous report, a deal to send Kinsler to the Angels has not yet been completed, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
Impact: It's unclear what's holding the deal up at this point, but Jon Heyman of reports there's still a good amount of optimism that Kinsler will eventually be dealt to the Angels.
News: The Tigers have agreed to a major league deal with Fiers.
Impact: Fiers made 28 starts and one relief appearance for the Astros this year, going 8-10 with a 5.22 ERA. He struck out 146 in 153 1/3 innings. Fiers was not included on any of Houston's postseason rosters, and the Astros did not offer him a contract for 2018. In September, Fiers was suspended five games after throwing a fastball over the head of Angels infielder Luis Valbuena.