Evan Woodbery

Tigers beat writer


Evan Woodbery

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


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.

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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GVX By The Numbers: Vols must build on first down progress this week vs. Georgia

Part of a weekly series of graphic-rich stories written during the football season. I used a proprietary snap-by-snap database to extract interesting storylines that might otherwise have been missed. GVX By the Numbers was premium content developed as part of our company-wide Four Platforms initiative.
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A road map for getting back: Study shows Vols' fall from glory years

The introductory story in a huge online and Sunday print recruiting package: The News Sentinel created a database of every player signed by the Vols since 1994 — 434 players from 28 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. We looked at the 19 signing classes that span the coaching tenures of Fulmer, Lane Kiffin and, most recently, Derek Dooley. We wanted to determine what had changed and what could be fixed, particularly with a new coaching staff starting from a clean slate.
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How to build Tennessee's recuiting

Sidebar companion piece to our main story in the recruiting package. Focuses on tangible conclusions to be drawn from our research.
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Derek Dooley and fired assistants will cost UT an estimated $7.5 million

Even though virtually all of Dooley’s staff members found new jobs — often, quite good jobs — UT will still owe the ex-coaches $7.5 million over the next three years, according to an analysis of contracts by the News Sentinel.
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Buying out Derek Dooley and staff could cost as much as $9.3 million over four years

If Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart decides to change directions in the football program after this season, the move won't be cheap.
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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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