Evan Woodbery

Tigers beat writer


Evan Woodbery

I cover the Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball for MLive Media Group.


Two stunning Tigers' trades in last 12 hours mean this rebuilding is for real

There have a been a few changes while you were sleeping. The Detroit Tigers look very different than they did, oh, about 12 hours ago. Future Hall-of-Famer Justin Verlander, synonymous with the Tigers for the last decade, is gone. So is slugger Justin Upton, the team's most reliable -- and sometimes only reliable -- power threat in 2017.

After another meltdown, time has come for Tigers, K-Rod to part ways

Ten days after he blasted his manager for relegating him to mop-up duty, Francisco Rodriguez was given yet another chance to perform in a close game.

How rapidly shrinking Detroit Tigers payroll could speed rebuild

The crowds have been smaller than usual during a miserable September for the Detroit Tigers, the first painful glimpse of the bad baseball still to come as the team embarks on a complete rebuilding. Outgoing manager Brad Ausmus said he knows fans will be tested in 2018 after more than a decade of winning baseball.

Miguel Cabrera speaks out on death threats, bribes paid to protect his mom from kidnapping

Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera is speaking out more forcefully than ever before about the ongoing crisis in his native Venezuela, breaking what he said was his long-standing rule against meddling in politics. In a series of free-wheeling videos posted on Monday to the "stories" section of his Instagram account, Cabrera blasted the corruption of Venezuela's government, voiced his support for protesters and spoke of threats against his family that required him to pay vacunas, or protection money.

With trade out of question, Miguel Cabrera at career crossroads in 2018

Last November, an report suggested the Houston Astros might target Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. It didn't happen, of course. Instead, the Astros pulled off what might go down as the most important August trade in baseball history when they nabbed Tigers ace Justin Verlander at the last minute.

This great debate in baseball is long over, and Ron Gardenhire is proof

Not long ago, there was a great divide in baseball between the traditionalists and the stat geeks over how to build and run a baseball team.

Brad Ausmus fumes at 'petty' umpire protest; Ian Kinsler refuses to back down

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus didn't notice the white armbands worn by two umpires on Saturday, nor did he know there was a league-wide union protest prompted by comments from Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler. But when he found out after the game, he was furious, summoning reporters back into his office to call out the Major League umpires for what he called a "petty" display.

Tigers furious at claim they intentionally hit umpire after ejections

As Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus sat in his office, listening to the Cleveland Indians broadcast in the background, he started to fume. The announcers, according to Ausmus, implied that the Tigers had intentionally hit home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott shortly after he ejected Ausmus and catcher James McCann in the third inning.

How did the New Orleans Saints defense get here? Tracking highs and lows from 2012 to now

The worst defense in the NFL in 2012 morphed into one of the best in 2013. By now you probably know that the team in question is the New Orleans Saints. That awful defense got even worse in 2015, prompting head coach Sean Payton to fire defensive coordinator Rob Ryan this week and assign his duties to Dennis Allen.
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As Junior Galette's giant bonus looms, New Orleans Saints face tough decisions

Converting Junior Galette's $12.5 million roster bonus into a signing bonus was supposed to be the easiest decision of an offseason filled with much tougher choices for the New Orleans Saints. But Galette's recent legal trouble -- and uncertainty about how the NFL will respond -- has complicated discussions of his future.
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Thursday night NFL games are grind for players, cash cow for league

When New Orleans Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton left the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last Sunday, he went searching for a restaurant or a drive-through open at that late hour. It was almost midnight, but Lofton was hungry. And the clock was ticking. In eight hours, he would wake up on Monday morning and start to heal the wounds from the previous day.
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New Orleans Saints spending by position: More dollars invested in secondary in 2015

The New Orleans Saints will allocate a greater percentage of their salary cap to quarterbacks than any other team in the NFL. They'll also have more so-called "dead money" counting against the cap than any of the other 31 teams. Drew Brees' salary cap burden of $26.4 million is pricey, but most teams in the league would gladly spend as much on an elite-level quarterback.
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Evan Woodbery

I'm an experienced reporter who has spent more than a decade on high-profile sports beats.

I have previously worked for NOLA Media Group ( | The Times-Picayune), the Knoxville News Sentinel, (Birmingham News, Press-Register, Huntsville Times), The State newspaper (Columbia, S.C.) and the Anniston (Ala.) Star.



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