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Tigers reportedly make first big free-agent splash with signing of Zimmermann

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Tigers reportedly make first big free-agent splash with signing of Zimmermann

The first free-agent domino has reportedly fallen.

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Tigers have struck a five-year deal with pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. The contract is reportedly worth $110 million. 

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Zimmermann had been linked to a handful of teams this offseason, including the Cubs, but ended up signing quickly with the Tigers. The 29-year old went 13-10 last year with a 3.66 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. 

Detroit now has another right-hander to pair with Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez to head the rotation. Young southpaw Daniel Norris is also expected to crack the rotation after being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the David Price trade at the deadline. 

The Tigers (74-87) finished last in the AL Central in 2015. 

White Sox Talk Podcast: Distant Replay: The Pierzynski dropped third strike game

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Distant Replay: The Pierzynski dropped third strike game

In a new series on the podcast, the whole crew gets together to re-watch and re-live one of our all-time favorite White Sox games. We begin with Game 2 of the 2005 ALCS when A.J. Pierzynski famously reached base on the dropped third strike in the 9th inning, opening the door for a pivotal White Sox victory over the Angels (1:50). You'll hear things we learned watching the broadcast again (10:30), if Twitter existed... (17:20), the White Sox player we miss the most (21:00), all the random stuff that happened in the game and on the broadcast (24:30), the Pierzynski dropped third strike (32:30), Chuck's post-game report unearthed for the pod (38:15), how Hawk Harrelson would have called the game (40:40) and much more.  

Listen here or in the embedded player below.