TigsTown Transaction Blog: Kelly to Toledo
Kelly was designated for assignment last week.
Kelly was designated for assignment last week.
Senior Staff Writer
Posted Aug 10, 2012
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Stay current with all the roster movement and personnel decisions with the TigsTown Transaction Blog. Don Kelly accepted his assignment to Toledo, one of many moves by the Hens.

8/10/12

Outrighted Don Kelly (UTL) to Toledo

Transferred Jamie Johnson (OF) from Toledo to Erie

Activated Ben Guez (OF) from Toledo DL

Released Matt Young (OF) from Toledo

Analysis:

In his first season with the Tigers organization, Young was hitting .212 through 96 games in Toledo. His release and Johnson’s transfer to Erie made room for Don Kelly, who accepted his assignment to Toledo, and Ben Guez, who returned from the DL.

Posted by Chris, 8/10/12


8/8/12

Activated Zach Maggard (C) from West Michigan DL (concussion)

Transferred Jordan Guida (C) from West Michigan to GCL Tigers.

Posted by Chris, 8/8/12


8/7/12

Released Fu-Te Ni (LHP) from Toledo

Transferred Bruce Rondon (RHP) from Erie to Toledo

Placed Ryan Robowski (LHP) on Erie DL

Activated Matt Perry (3B) from Lakeland DL

Analysis:

Rondon has been almost unhittable this year, posting a 1.93 ERA in Lakeland and a 0.83 ERA in Erie. He’ll likely move into the closer role, as it is expected that Chris Bootcheck will miss the rest of the season after breaking his left humerous in his non-throwing shoulder while diving for a bunt. Ni hadn’t pitched since May 18 and underwent Tommy John Surgery on his left elbow on June 2. The Tigers signed him to a minor league deal out of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in 2009 and he made had a couple stints with the Tigers.

Posted by Chris, 8/7/12


8/6/12

Transferred Tyler Clark (RHP) from Lakeland to Erie

Transferred Daniel Bennett (RHP) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Activated Nick Avila (RHP) from West Michigan DL (right shoulder inflammation)

Analysis:

Clark has been dominant in Lakeland this season, posting a 0.61 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. He took over the closer role from Bruce Rondon, who will be moving up to Toledo from Erie. Bennett has had a solid year in West Michigan, posting a 2.68 ERA with 11 saves in 39 appearances.

Posted by Chris, 8/6/12


8/5/12

Acquired Jeff Baker (UTL) from Chicago Cubs for two players to be named later

Placed Ryan Raburn on Detroit DL retroactive to 8/1 (right thumb sprain)

Recalled Danny Worth from Toledo

Optioned Danny Worth to Toledo

Analysis:

Baker was hitting.269 with a .753 OPS with the Cubs this season. The 31-year-old is on a one year contract. The two players the Tigers traded will be named on or before Oct. 31. Worth continued to move back and forth, going from and back to Toledo in the same day.

Posted by Chris, 8/5/12


8/3/12

Reinstated Andy Dirks (OF) from Detroit DL (right Achilles)

Designated Don Kelly (UTL) for assignment

Al Alburquerque’s injury rehab assignment transferred from Lakeland to Toledo

Daniel Schlereth assigned to Lakeland for injury rehab assignment

Transferred Jamie Johnson (OF) from Erie to Toledo

Transferred Rob Waite (RHP) from Toledo to Erie

Analysis:

Dirks went on the DL two months ago with the Achilles tendonitis. He spent the past few weeks with Toledo working his way back. He went 8-for-37 with two home runs and two stolen bases with the Mud Hens. Dirks was hitting .328 with Detroit before the injury. With a crowded outfield and Quintin Berry still playing well, Kelly was the odd man out. One would imagine Kelly will accept his assignment to Toledo. Alburquerque appears closer to returning to the Tigers with this move up to Toledo. He allowed five hits and two earned runs over 3 1/3 innings, but nine of those 10 outs came by strikeout. Johnson is hitting .290 with the SeaWolves and will fill in for Dirks in Toledo.

Posted by Chris, 8/3/12


8/2/12

Transferred Daniel Fields (OF) from Lakeland to Erie

Unconditionally released Bryan Pounds (INF) from Erie

Placed Zach Maggard (C) on West Michigan DL (concussion)

Transferred Jordan Guida (C) from GCL Tigers to West Michigan

Analysis:

Pounds was hitting .201 with Erie this season, while Fields is hitting .266 with a .675 OPS for Lakeland. This is the first promotion to Erie for the University of Detroit Jesuit product.

Posted by Chris, 8/2/12


7/30/12

Reinstated Rawley Bishop (INF) from Erie temporary inactive list

Transferred Ramon Garcia (LHP) from Toledo to Erie

Transferred Cesar Carrillo (RHP) from Erie to Lakeland

Transferred Michael Rockett (OF) from Erie to Lakeland

Activated Brennan Smith (RHP) from West Michigan DL

Transferred Ramon Lebron (RHP) from West Michigan to Connecticut

Posted by Chris, 7/31/12


7/29/12

Activated Drew Smyly (LHP) from Detroit DL and optioned to Toledo

Posted by Chris, 7/31/12


7/28/12

Placed Matt Perry (3B) on Lakeland DL

Posted by Chris, 7/31/12


7/27/12

Activated Andrew Oliver (LHP) from Toledo DL

Placed Ben Guez (OF) on Toledo DL

Placed Rawley BIshop (INF) on Erie temporary inactive list

Transferred Corey Jones (INF) from Lakeland to Erie

Placed Brian Stroud (RHP) on Lakeland DL retroactive to 7/26

Posted by Chris, 7/31/12


7/26/12

Transferred Adolfo Reina (C) from Toledo to Lakeland

Acquired Brad Davis (C) via trade and assigned to Toledo

Transferred Corey Jones (INF) from Erie to Lakeland

Activated Kelvin De La Cruz (LHP) from Erie DL

Wes Thigpen (C) retired from Lakeland

Posted by Chris, 7/31/12


7/24/12

Optioned Danny Worth (INF) to Toledo

Transferred Jamie Johnson (OF) from Toledo to Erie

Transferred Adolfo Reina (C) from Lakeland to Toledo

Transferred Wes Thigpen (C) from Connecticut to Lakeland

Assigned Al Alburquerque (RHP) to Lakeland for injury rehab

Analysis:

Worth continues to bounce back and forth. He heads to Toledo to make room on the 25-man roster after the trade for Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez. Catching prospects move up after Brantly was traded from Toledo. Alburquerque had offseason surgery on his right elbow and has been rehabbing ever since.

Posted by Chris, 7/24/12


7/23/12

Traded Jacob Turner (RHP), Rob Brantly (C), Brian Flynn (LHP) and the No. 6 Comp Round B pick to Miami for Omar Infante (2B), Anibal Sanchez (RHP) and the No. 6 Comp Round A pick.

Transferred Bryan Pounds (3B) from Toledo to Erie

Activated Cale Iorg (SS) from Toledo DL (concussion)

Designated Kelvin De La Cruz (LHP) for assignment from Erie

Analysis:

The Tigers went all-in for this season by sacrificing the future to fill the holes at second base and in the rotation. Infante, a former Tiger, is hitting .287 with a .774 OPS, while Sanchez has posted a 4-7 record with a 104 ERA+. The swapping of competitive balance lottery picks is actually the first trading of draft picks in MLB history. De La Cruz was DFAd in order to clear up a spot on the 40-man roster after the trade.

Posted by Chris, 7/23/12


7/21/12

Placed Nick Avila (RHP) on West Michigan DL (right shoulder inflammation)

Transferred Warwick Saupold (RHP) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Transferred Will Clinard (RHP) from Connecticut to West Michigan

Transferred Chad Smith (RHP) from Connecticut to West Michigan

Posted by Chris, 7/21/12


7/20/12

Placed Jeff Holm (OF) on West Michigan DL (right shoulder strain)

Transferred Lance Durham (1B) from Lakeland to West Michigan

Posted by Chris, 7/20/12


7/19/12

Activated Jason King (3B) from West Michigan DL (left hamstring strain)

Activated Dean Green (1B) from West Michigan DL (right elbow inflammation) and transferred to Lakeland

Transferred Edgar Corcino (3B) from West Michigan to Connecticut

Transferred Brian Flynn (LHP) from Lakeland to Erie

Analysis:

Green struggled in a rehab stint with the GCL Tigers, going 3-for-32 in nine games, but appears healthy enough to move over to the Flying Tigers while he’s down in Lakeland. King hasn’t played since June 26.

Posted by Chris, 7/19/12


7/18/12

Placed Kelvin De La Cruz (LHP) placed on Erie DL (retroactive to 7/17)

Posted by Chris, 7/18/12


7/17/12

Recalled Jacob Turner (RHP) from Toledo

Optioned Luis Marte (RHP) from Detroit to Toledo

Assigned Danny Dorn (1B) to Toledo

Transferred Ramon Garcia (LHP) from Erie to Toledo

Transferred Wes Thigpen (C) from Erie to Connecticut

Activated Luis Sanz (C) from Erie DL

Transferred Jared Wesson (LHP) from Lakeland to Erie

Transferred Drew VerHagen (RHP) from GCL Tigers to Lakeland

Analysis:

Turner will start Tuesday in place of the injured Drew Smyly. Turner allowed one earned run over five innings in a start earlier this year. He allowed four hits, but walked five. After releasing Ryan Strieby earlier in the week, the organization signed 1B/OF Dorn. He was a 32nd round pick in 2006 and made his way up the Reds organization. He was hitting .230 with a .321 OBP in Louisville this season. Garcia has posted a 4.32 ERA with the SeaWolves this season, but Toledo will need a starter in place of Turner.

Posted by Chris, 7/17/12


7/16/12

Transferred Jamie Johnson (OF) from Erie to Toledo

Posted by Chris, 7/16/12


7/15/12

Released Ryan Strieby (1B) from Toledo

Placed Cale Iorg (SS) on Toledo DL (concussion)

Analysis:

Strieby had shown power, but he couldn’t do much else at the plate, finishing with a .195 average and .279 on-base percentage this season. Strieby was drafted by the Tigers in the fourth round in 2006. He had power at each level on the way up to Toledo, but battled injuries throughout his career and never had a good average.

Posted by Chris, 7/16/12


7/14/12

Placed Drew Smyly (LHP) on Detroit 15-day DL retroactive to July 7 (right intercostal strain)

Recalled Luis Marte (RHP) from Toledo

Activated Zach Miner (RHP) from Toledo DL (groin)

Transferred Jared Reaves (SS) from West Michigan to Connecticut

Transferred Carlos De Los Santos (INF) from GCL Tigers to West Michigan

Analysis:

Smyly tweaked his right side in his most recent start on July 6. He reportedly played catch over the All-Star break and felt good, but was bothered during a throwing session on Friday. Marte has had some success with the Tigers this season, allowing seven earned runs over 17 innings

Posted by Chris, 7/14/12


7/13/12

Recalled Danny Worth (INF) from Toledo

Analysis:

Worth continues to play musical chairs. His return to Detroit was announced by the Tigers a few days ago when Jose Ortega was sent down. Worth is hitting .182 with the Tigers this season. Interestingly, the Tigers and Mud Hens websites posted that Darin Downs had been sent down to Toledo, but those have since been removed.

Posted by Chris, 7/13/12


7/12/12

Activated Rob Brantly (C) from Toledo temporary inactive list

Posted by Chris, 7/12/12


7/9/12

Optioned Jose Ortega (RHP) to Toledo

Transferred Adolfo Reina (C) from Toledo to Lakeland

Transferred Tim Remes (C) from Lakeland to Toledo

Analysis:

Detroit is on its All-Star break. Danny Worth will be called up in Ortega’s place after the break. Toledo also is on its All-Star break, so Reina and Remes go back down for when Brantly returns.

Posted by Chris, 7/9/12


7/7/12

Placed Rob Brantly (C) on Toledo temporary inactive list

Transferred Adolfo Reina (C) from Lakeland to Toledo

Transferred Tim Remes (C) from GCL Tigers to Lakeland

Analysis:

Brantly was put on the inactive list because he will be at the Futures Games on Sunday and Toledo needs a catcher in his place.

Posted by Chris, 7/7/12


7/5/12

Places Luis Sanz (C) on Erie DL

Transferred Wes Thigpen (C) from Connecticut to Erie

Posted by Chris, 7/5/12


7/4/12

Transferred Avisail Garcia (OF) from Lakeland to Erie

Transferred Luis Castillo (OF) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Transferred Jeff McVaney (OF) from Connecticut to West Michigan

Analysis:

Garcia has been lighting it up in Lakeland and joins Nick Castellanos in Erie. In 67 games with the Flying Tigers, Garcia hit .289 with eight home runs, 14 stolen bases and a .771 OPS. With an open spot, Castillo was moved back up to West Michigan.

Posted by Chris, 7/4/12


7/3/12

Optioned Danny Worth (INF) to Toledo

Optioned Luis Marte (RHP) to Toledo

Recalled Jose Ortega (RHP) from Toledo to Detroit

Purchased contract of Darin Downs (LHP) from Toledo

Designated Matt Young (OF) for assignment from Toledo.

Transferred Lance Durham (1B) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Activated Patrick Leyland (C ) from West Michigan DL (right shoulder soreness)

Analysis:

Max Scherzer will miss his Tuesday start due to a hamstring injury and Duane Below will start in his place. The Tigers bullpen is worn down, so two fresher arms are called up, including the Southfield native Downs. In 25 games this season, Downs has posted a 2.15 ERA. He joined the organization this past offseason. The 29-year-old Young hit .251 in 67 games with Toledo this year.

Posted by Chris, 7/3/12


7/1/12

Transferred Bryan Pounds (INF) from Erie to Toledo.

Posted by Chris, 7/1/12


6/29/12

Released Jeff Baisley (3B) from Toledo

Placed Colin Kaline (INF) on West Michigan DL (right turf toe)

Transferred Jared Reaves (SS) from Connecticut to West Michigan

Posted by Chris, 6/29/12


6/28/12

Activated Jason Krizan (OF) from DL (concussion)

Analysis:

Krizan landed on the DL when he and Chad Wright collided in the outfield two weeks ago. Both went on the DL, but are now back, and West Michigan’s active roster is back to 25.

Posted by Chris, 6/28/12


6/27/12

Placed Steven Moya (OF) on West Michigan DL (right elbow sprain)

Placed Jason King (3B) on West Michigan DL (left hamstring strain)

Transferred Edgar Corcino (3B) from Connecticut to West Michigan

Analysis:

A tough day for West Michigan, as two starters land on the DL. King was hitting .233 on the season, while Moya was hitting .288. This will be Moya’s second stint on the DL this season.

Posted by Chris, 6/27/12


6/26/12

Activated Drew Smyly (LHP) from DL (blister)

Optioned Jacob Turner (RHP) to Toledo

Released Brent Dlugach (SS) from Toledo

Analysis:

As expected, Smyly was called up for Tuesday night’s start against Texas, while Turner had been optioned to Toledo. Dlugach announced on his Twitter account that he had been released. On the year, Dlugach was hitting .169 in 25 games with Toledo. The 29-year-old spent most of his nine seasons in the Tigers organization. Per the Twitter account, Dlugach said “got released by the tigers today.so thankful 4 the org and people i met throughout my 8 years there. lot of unbelievable great friends made.”

Posted by Chris, 6/26/12


6/25/12

Transferred Ryan Robowski (LHP) from Toledo to Erie

Transferred Jared Wesson (LHP) from Erie to Lakeland

Transferred Julio Felix (RHP) from Lakeland to GCL Tigers

Analysis:

Robowski was dominant in Erie to start the season, but he couldn’t find the success in Toledo, giving up 11 hits and seven runs (six earned) over 12.1 innings. Wesson posted a 7.10 ERA in 14 starts with Erie this season, posting a 4-5 record.

Posted by Chris, 6/25/12


6/24/12

Optioned Jacob Turner (RHP) to Toledo

Placed Brennan Smith (RHP) on West Michigan DL (right forearm tightness)

Transferred Slade Smith (RHP) from Connecticut to West Michigan.

Analysis:

Smith was the Tigers’ 17th-round pick out of Auburn and becomes the first member of the 2012 draft class to reach West Michigan. At Auburn this season, Smith allowed 77 hits and 41 runs (34 earned) over 64 innings, walking 18 and striking out 32.

Posted by Chris, 6/24/12


6/23/12

Zach Samuels (RHP) retired from Erie

Signed Cesar Carrillo (RHP), assigned to Erie

Activated Chad Wright (OF) from West Michigan DL (concussion)

Analysis:

Samuels becomes the second Erie reliever to retire in a week. The 25-year-old joined the organization in 2009. In 16 games with Erie this year, Samuels has posted a 3-1 record with a 5.04 ERA. In 25 innings, he allowed 21 hits, 14 earned runs and 21 walks. The 28-year-old Carrillo last pitched in the Houston Astros organization last year. He was drafted No. 18 overall by the Padres in 2005.

Posted by Chris, 6/23/12


6/22/12

Transferred Curt Casali (C) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Transferred Zach Maggard (C) from Erie to West Michigan

Transferred Luis Castillo (OF) from Lakeland to West Michigan

Transferred Wes Thigpen (C) from Lakeland to Connecticut

Analysis:

A 2011 draft pick, Casali was hitting .288 with eight home runs and a .402 OBP with the Whitecaps this season. Castillo is hitting .263 with Lakeland and actually had a solid week, but someone had to be moved to make way for Casali. The Whitecaps were down two outfielders as Jason Krizan and Chad Wright are on the DL with concussions after colliding in the outfield a week ago. With the all-star break now passed, they appear not ready to return.

Posted by Chris, 6/22/12


6/21/12

Activated Alex Avila (C) from Detroit DL (hamstring)

Recalled Jacob Turner (RHP) from Toledo to Detroit

Optioned Bryan Holaday (C) from Detroit to Toledo

Austin Wood (LHP) retired

Signed John Lindsey (1B) and assigned to Toledo

Transferred Zachary Maggard (C) from Toledo to Erie.

Transferred Julio Felix (RHP) from GCL Tigers to Lakeland

Analysis:

Avila played a few games in Toledo was was ready to come off the DL. Holaday, who was called up when Avila went down, will head back to Toledo. Turner is starting Thursday’s game, and his call-up was announced a few days ago. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Wood is retiring, and the decision reportedly has come as a shock to the organization. Splitting time between Toledo and Erie, he allowed 16 runs (11 earned) on 29 hits over 23 innings this season. The 25-year-old was a fifth-round pick of the Tigers in 2009. He was well-known for his 169-pitch performance in the 2009 NCAA Tournament for the University of Texas. He missed most of 2010 after shoulder surgery, but rebounded to post a 3.16 ERA in 50 appearances for Erie last year. Lindsey was hitting .341 in 76 games in the Mexican League before getting the call from the Tigers. He spent most of 2007-11 in the Dodgers organization. The 35-year old played 11 games with the Dodgers in 2010 in his only Major League stint.

Posted by Chris, 6/21/12


6/20/12

Optioned Luke Putkonen (RHP) from Detroit to Toledo

Transferred Bruce Rondon (RHP) from Lakeland to Erie

Analysis: Putkonen was optioned to make room for Jacob Turner, who will be recalled on Thursday to start that day. Rondon has been virtually unhittable for the past month-plus in Lakeland. Entering the week, Rondon hadn’t allowed a run in 15 of his previous 16 outings. He allowed 12 hits and five earned runs over 23 1/3 innings with 10 walks and 34 strikeouts.

Posted by Chris, 6/20/12


6/19/12

Activated Octavio Dotel (RHP) from Detroit DL (right elbow inflammation)

Optioned Thad Weber (RHP) to Toledo

Released Brad Eldred (1B) from Toledo

Assigned Jeff Baisley (3B) to Toledo

Placed Zack Segovia (RHP) on Erie DL (right elbow inflammation)

Activated Tyler Stohr (RHP) from Erie DL (right elbow inflammation)

Analysis: The organization released Eldred so he could sign with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan. In his only season with Toledo, Eldred finished with a .305 average and an incredible 24 home runs in 63 games. Baisley was signed by the organization in preparation for Eldred’s departure. Baisley has played 14 career Major League games, all with Oakland in 2008. In his eight seasons with six different minor league teams, he has hit .283 with 96 home runs and a .351 OBP. He hit .284 in 62 games with Alburquerque, the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers this year and was released on June 12.

Posted by Chris, 6/19/12


6/17/12

Released Jeff Frazier (OF) from Toledo

Released Eric Patterson (INF) from Toledo

Reinstated Jerad Head (OF) from Toledo DL (left wrist)

Re-assigned Adolfo Reina (C) from Lakeland to Extended Spring Training

Analysis: Frazier was hitting .190 in 23 games with the Mud Hens. That, along with some Toledo players getting healthy and needing a roster spot, contributed to Frazier’s release. On the other hand, Patterson decided to use the opt-out clause in his contract and will try to join another team. He his .244 in 64 games with the Mud Hens this season. Head broke a bone in his left wrist in early May and went on the DL. He was hitting .233 before the injury.

Posted by Chris, 6/17/12


6/16/12

Reinstated Doug Fister from DL (left side strain)

Recalled Thad Weber (RHP) from Toledo

Optioned Matt Young (UTL) to Toledo

Optioned Casey Crosby (LHP) to Toledo

Transferred Austin Wood (LHP) from Erie to Toledo

Transferred Cale Iorg (INF) from Lakeland to Toledo (6/15)

Re-assigned Matt Perry (INF) from Extended Spring Training to Lakeland (6/15)

Placed Chad Wright (OF) on West Michigan DL (concussion)

Placed Jason Krizan (OF) on West Michigan DL (concussion)

Analysis: With Ryan Raburn having come up for Drew Smyly, the Tigers didn’t need an extra position player, so Young was sent back down. Crosby struggled in his first Major League stint, allowing 13 earned runs over 12 1/3 innings. Command was the biggest issue, as he walked 11 in three games, including at least three in each start. Wright and Krizan collided in the outfield on Friday and suffered concussions. The Whitecaps said both are “doing well.” West Michigan’s active roster stands at 23.

Posted by Chris, 6/16/12


6/14/12

Placed Drew Smyly on 15-day DL retroactive to June 11 (blister on left middle finger)

Recalled Ryan Raburn (UTL) from Toledo

Analysis: After seeing the blister on Smyly’s finger, a DL stint seemed likely. Raburn went to Toledo to get some confidence. Well, in eight games with the Mud Hens, Raburn went 6-for-31 (.194) with two walks, a home run and three RBIs. Not encouraging numbers, but there’s really no one else to bring up. Raburn brings back his versatility, while Jim Leyland announced Doug Fister will come off the DL and pitch on Saturday.

Posted by Chris, 6/14/12


6/12/12

Placed Octavio Dotel (RHP) on 15-day DL retroactive to June 3 (right elbow inflammation)

Recalled Luke Putkonen (RHP) from Toledo

Re-assigned Matt Perry (INF) from Lakeland to Extended Spring Training

Analysis: This news isn’t a shocker, as Dotel hadn’t pitched in more than a week, and was passed over in some key bullpen situations. Given that it’s retroactive to June 3, he will be eligible to return in less than a week if things improve quickly.

Posted by Chris, 6/12/12


6/10/12

Reinstated Jhonny Peralta from Paternity List

Optioned Hernan Perez (INF) to Lakeland

Analysis: Peralta’s wife gave birth to twin girls, so congratulations are in order. Perez went 1-for-2 at the plate for the Tigers. The main reason he was called up was because he is on the 40-man roster.

Posted by Chris, 6/10/12


6/10/12

Reinstated Austin Jackson (OF) from DL (abdominal strain)

Placed Jhonny Peralta (SS) on Paternity Leave

Recalled Hernan Perez (INF) from Lakeland

Optioned Jose Ortega (RHP) to Toledo

Transferred Austin Wood (LHP) from Toledo to Erie.

Re-assigned Matt Perry (INF) from Extended Spring Training to Lakeland

Placed Dean Green (1B) on West Michigan DL (right elbow inflammation)

Transferred Lance Durham (1B) from Extended Spring Training to West Michigan

Analysis:

Jackson has missed the last three weeks while dealing with an abdominal strain. In two rehab games with Toledo, he went 1-for-8 with a walk, but felt fine, which was the most important thing. The Paternity List allows Peralta to miss from one to three games. In Peralta’s place will be Perez, who is hitting .252 with the Flying Tigers. Ortega made his Major League debut on Friday, allowing two hits in 1/3 of an inning.

Posted by Chris, 6/9/12


6/8/12

Omir Santos (C ) refused outright to Toledo, became free agent.

Posted by Chris, 6/8/12


6/7/12

Transferred Austin Wood (LHP) from Erie to Toledo.

Transferred Jeff Holm (OF) from Lakeland to West Michigan

Reinstated Marcus Lemon (INF) from Temporary Inactive List

Posted by Chris, 6/7/12


6/6/12

Placed Alex Avila (C) on 15-day DL (hamstring)

Called up Bryan Holaday (C) from Toledo to Detroit

Recalled Jose Ortega (RHP) from Toledo to Detroit

Transferred Rob Brantly (C) from Erie to Toledo.

Signed David Kopp (RHP) and assigned to Erie

Mark Sorensen (RHP) retired

Transferred James McCann (C) from Lakeland to Erie

Transferred Cale Iorg (INF) from Toledo to Lakeland

Re-assigned Adolfo Reina (C) from Extended Spring Training to Lakeland

Re-assigned Matt Perry (INF) from Lakeland to Extended Spring Training

Posted by Chris, 6/6/12


6/5/12

Transferred Nick Castellanos (3B) from Lakeland to Erie

Transferred Wade Gaynor (UTL) from Erie to Lakeland

Placed Marcus Lemon (2B) on Lakeland Temporary Inactive List.

Activated Daniel Fields (OF) from Lakeland DL (groin)

Analysis: After much hype and success, Castellanos has finally gotten the call to move up to Erie. He destroyed Florida State League pitching this season, hitting .405. As much as fans wish, this doesn’t mean Castellanos is on the fast-track to Detroit. Moving up to Erie was expected for him this season, even if it’s happening a little earlier than anticipated. The earliest Tigers fans could see Castellanos in Detroit would be late 2013, but he’s got to find the success in Erie first.

Posted by Chris, 6/5/12


6/3/12

Placed Andy Dirks (OF) on DL retroactive to 5/31 (right Achilles tendinitis)

Purchased contract of Matt Young (OF) from Toledo

Analysis: The Achilles had been bothering Dirks for a while. Given the amount of injuries on the Tigers, Detroit could only go so long with such a short bench. This season, Young has hit .259 with 12 stolen bases for the Mud Hens.

Posted by Chris, 6/3/12


6/1/12

Recalled Casey Crosby (LHP) from Toledo to Detroit

Placed Jeff Frazier (OF) on Toledo Temporary Inactive List

Placed John Murrian (C) on Erie DL

Transferred Luis Sanz (C) from Lakeland to Erie

Activated Avisail Garcia (OF) from Lakeland DL

Re-assigned Wes Thigpen (C) from Extended Spring Training to Lakeland

Placed Patrick Leyland (C ) on West Michigan DL retroactive to 5/31 (right shoulder soreness)

Re-assigned Gabriel Purroy (C) from Extended Spring Training to West Michigan

Re-assigned Lance Durham (INF) from Lakeland to Extended Spring Trianing

Analysis: Crosby made his Major League debut Friday night, taking the place of injured Doug Fister. Crosby gave up six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Yankees and picked up the loss. The rest of the moves involved a lot of catchers. Mark Anderson talked to Patrick Leyland, who said there is no big issue with this DL stint. The injury to Murrian doesn’t appear to have been disclosed.

Posted by Chris, 6/1/12


5/30/12

Placed Doug Fister (RHP) on DL retroactive to May 29 (left side strain)

Analysis: This one seems to have come out of nowhere. Fister was placed on the DL after the second game of the season with an abdominal strain. He had pitched very well since returning on May 7, but allowed six earned runs in five innings against Boston on May 28. Casey Crosby will be called up from Toledo on Friday to make his Major League debut that night against the Yankees. In nine starts with Toledo this season, Crosby is 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Not spectacular numbers, but there aren’t any other pitchers in the system more worthy of a shot at the current time.

Posted by Chris, 5/30/12


5/30/12

Optioned Ryan Raburn (UTL) from Detroit to Toledo

Outrighted contract of Collin Balester (RHP) from Detroit to Toledo

Purchased contract of Omir Santos (C) from Toledo.

Analysis: With Raburn coming up on five years of service, it was smart for the Tigers to send him down before he reached that point and would have to clear waivers in order to be sent down without his consent. The hope is that Raburn will be able to find his swing and build up some confidence for another second-half turnaround. With a .146 average and .420 OPS, he was just hitting too poorly for the Tigers to wait any longer. There was an open spot on the 40-man, but Santos is a strange choice to replace Raburn. It may mean one of the Tigers' catchers needs a bit of a break. Santos went 5-for-22 in 11 games with the Tigers last season. Balester cleared waivers and will head to Toledo, also looking to turn things around.

Posted by Chris, 5/30/12


5/25/12

Placed Austin Jackson (OF) on DL retroactive to May 17 (abdominal strain)

Activated Ryan Raburn (UTL) from bereavement list

Activated Luis Marte (RHP) from DL (left hamstring)

Optioned Luke Putkonen (RHP) from Detroit to Toledo

Activated Brent Dlugach (SS) from Toledo DL (back strain)

Transferred Jeff Holm (OF) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Transferred Patrick Cooper (RHP) from Lakeland to Erie.

Re-assigned Pat Smith (OF) from Extended Spring Training to West Michigan

Re-assigned Zachary Maggard (C) from Connecticut to Lakeland

Re-assigned Guido Knudson (RHP) from Extended Spring Training to West Michigan.

Analysis: Lot of moves here. After being scratched from Wednesday’s lineup, a DL stint appeared to be upcoming for Jackson. He’ll be replaced by Raburn, who is back from the bereavement list. Quintin Berry will continue to fill Jackson’s role with the speed in the outfield. Marte was set to join the Tigers out of Spring Training before an injury. He made some rehab appearances in Lakeland and Toledo, giving up two hits and zero runs in five innings. The Tigers hope he has regained his form and can immediately help a bullpen that had a rough month. The Tigers put Putkonen right into the fire in some tough situations, and he struggled, giving up seven earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. The former Michigan State star Holm hit .294 in 17 games with the Whitecaps, so he moves up to replace the injured Avisail Garcia in Lakeland.

Posted by Chris, 5/25/12


5/23/12

Transferred Ben Guez (OF) from Erie to Toledo

Transferred Wade Gaynor (INF) from Lakeland to Erie

Placed Avisail Garcia (OF) on Lakeland DL

Analysis: Having lost Danny Worth and Quintin Berry to Detroit, Toledo needed some more position players. Guez was hitting .307 with a .960 OPS with Erie this year. Garcia was having a fantastic season before this injury, hitting .304 with five home runs, six stolen bases and a .807 OPS for Lakeland. The injury appears to be undisclosed for now. The Flying Tigers have a few open roster spots at the moment.

Posted by Chris, 5/23/12


5/23/12

Designated Collin Balester (RHP) for assignment

Purchased contract of Quintin Berry (OF) from Toledo and called up to Detroit.

Analysis: Austin Jackson was a late scratch from Tuesday’s lineup, and a DL stint could be coming up. Needing some outfield depth, the Tigers called up Berry, who will make his Major League debut when he first enters a game for the Tigers. Berry is hitting .270 with a .688 OPS in Toledo this year. The 27-year-old’s best attribute is his speed, as he has 19 stolen bases this season. Balester has struggled this year after coming over in the offseason in the Ryan Perry trade. Balester has given up 14 hits and 13 earned runs in 18 innings with the Tigers this season.

Posted by Chris, 5/23/12


5/22/12

Placed Ryan Raburn (UTL) on Detroit bereavement list

Recalled Danny Worth (INF) from Toledo to Detroit.

Placed Zach Miner (RHP) on Toledo DL (groin strain)

Analysis: Raburn will miss at least the next three days while dealing with a family situation. He is eligible to miss up to seven games while on the bereavement list. The Tigers normally would have had to wait at least 10 days to recall Worth, who was optioned last Wednesday, but the bereavement list is an exception.

Posted by Chris, 5/22/12


5/20/12

Placed Fu-Te Ni (LHP) on Toledo DL (UCL sprain)

Transferred Ryan Robowski (LHP) from Erie to Toledo.

Analysis: Ni only lasted three innings in his last start, allowing seven earned runs. Robowski has been dominant in Erie this season, giving up just 11 hits and one earned run in 21 innings. This will be his second stint with Toledo. Last season, Robowski gave up one hit in one scoreless inning with the Mud Hens. There was not a corresponding move announced for Erie.

Posted by Chris, 5/20/12


5/18/12

Signed David Kopp (RHP) to minor league contract and assigned to Extended Spring Training

Placed Brent Dlugach (SS) on Toledo DL (back strain)

Re-assigned Brian Stroud (RHP) to Lakeland from Extended Spring Training

Analysis: Kopp spent time between the Triple-A and Double-A affiliates of the St. Louis Cardinals last season. In 23 games with Double-A Springfield last season, Kopp had a 5.95 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Stroud fills the open spot left by Kevin Eichhorn’s placement on the Lakeland DL earlier this week.

Posted by Chris, 5/18/12


5/16/12

Optioned Danny Worth (INF) from Detroit to Toledo

Re-assigned Brayan Villarreal from Toledo to Detroit

Placed Kevin Eichhorn (RHP) on Lakeland DL

Analysis: The Tigers need some arms in the bullpen with Jose Valverde being sidelined with a lower back strain, so Villarreal is back up and Worth is back down. The Flying Tigers have an open spot on the active roster after Eichhorn was placed on the DL on Tuesday.

Posted by Chris, 5/16/12


5/12/12

Transferred Jacob Turner (RHP) from Lakeland to Toledo

Activated Jeff Ferrell (RHP) from West Michigan DL

Re-assigned Tim Kelley from West Michigan to Extended Spring Training

Analysis: After much anticipation, Turner will officially be back with Toledo on Sunday, when he will be activated and make a start that day. He will fill the open spot left by Matt Hoffman's placement on the DL. In 21 2/3 innings in Lakeland this year, Turner has given up 17 hits, eight runs (four earned), 17 strikeouts and seven walks. He threw seven scoreless innings in his most recent start. He was in the race for the Tigers’ fifth starter spot during Spring Training, but was shut down midway through with tendonitis. He continued a rehab program in Lakeland before making his season-debut on April 23. If things continue to go well, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s on the fast-track back to Detroit. But if the Tigers try to limit Drew Smyly’s innings later in the season, Turner could make a few spot starts.

Posted by Chris, 5/12/12


5/11/12

Activated Steven Moya (OF) from West Michigan DL (hamstring)

Re-assigned Danry Vasquez (OF) to Extended Spring Training

Placed Matt Hoffman on Toledo DL

Analysis: Moya had been placed on the DL on April 28 after straining his hamstring going after a fly ball. He was hitting .377 before the injury. Vasquez was hitting .162 (16-for-99) in 29 games for West Michigan, including just four extra-base hits. Supposed to be one of the best hitters in the Tigers minor league system, Vasquez isn’t hitting, so he’s going down to get things right. For Hoffman, he returns to the Toledo DL just three days after being activated from it.

Posted by Chris, 5/11/12


5/7/12

Daniel Schlereth’s option to Toledo voided. He is on Detroit DL (left shoulder tendinitis) retroactive to April 21

Activated Matt Hoffman from Toledo DL (left shoulder strain)

Transferred Austin Wood (LHP) from Toledo to Erie

Transferred Rawley Bishop (INF) from Toledo to Erie

Transferred Wade Gaynor (INF) from Erie to Lakeland

Transferred Patrick Cooper (RHP) from Erie to Lakeland

Re-assigned Edgar Corcino (INF) from Lakeland to Extended Spring Training

Analysis: Schlereth had not pitched since being optioned to Toledo. It turned out he had an injury. As a result, his option was voided and he was put on the Detroit DL retroactive to April 21. The return of Villarreal and Hoffman to Toledo meant two players had to move down. Wood has given up 10 runs (eight earned) in 12 innings with Toledo this year. Bishop was 3-for-21 with the Mud Hens. Gaynor was sent to Lakeland one day after hitting a grand slam for Erie, where he went 3-for-10 in three games. Cooper gave up three earned runs in one inning on May 4. Corcino continues to go back and forth between Lakeland and Extended Spring Training.

Posted by Chris, 5/7/12


5/6/12

Activated Doug Fister (RHP) from DL (abdominal strain)

Optioned Brayan Villarreal (RHP) to Toledo

Analysis: Fister hasn’t pitched with the Tigers since leaving the second game of the season on April 7 with an abdominal strain. Fister went on the 15-day DL after the injury, although the Tigers didn’t have a timetable for his return. He gave up two hits over four scoreless innings in a rehab start with Toledo last week, saying after the game that he felt good. Fister will start against his old club, the Mariners, on Monday. Villarreal continues to play musical chairs, being moved for the fourth time this season. He hadn’t pitched since recording a loss at New York on April 27.

Posted by Chris, 5/6/12


5/5/12

Outrighted Brad Eldred (1B) to Toledo.

Analysis: After being designated for assignment, Eldred cleared waivers and chose to return to Toledo. Eldred was hitting nearly .400 with 13 home runs before earning a chance with the Tigers. Toledo had an open spot on the roster, so there isn’t a corresponding move.

Posted by Chris, 5/5/12


5/4/12

Reinstated Delmon Young (OF) from Restricted List

Designated Brad Eldred (1B) for assignment.

Placed Jerad Head (OF) on Toledo DL (Left wrist)

Signed Jeff Frazier (OF) to minor league contract and assigned him to Toledo

Placed Daniel Fields (OF) on Lakeland DL (groin) retroactive to May 2.

Re-assigned Edgar Corcino (INF) from Extended Spring Training to Lakeland.

Analysis: With his MLB suspension complete, the Tigers are bringing Young back. Danny Worth had been called up when Young went on the Restricted List, but the Tigers decided to designate Brad Eldred for assignment. Eldred went 3-for-16 in five games with a double and a triple in Detroit, but now he must clear waivers if he’s going to get back to Toledo. Head broke a bone in his left wrist in Tuesday’s game and Toledo signed Frazier on Wednesday. Frazier was in the Tigers organization from 2004-06 and 2008-10, making it up to Detroit for nine games in 2010.

Posted by Chris, 5/4/12


5/2/12

Transferred Matt Perry (3B) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Re-assigned Jason King (3B) from Extended Spring Training to West Michigan

Re-assigned Edgar Corcino (INF) from Lakeland to Extended Spring Training

Analysis: King was a fourth-round pick of the Tigers in 2011 and he hit .251 in 53 games with Connecticut last year. Perry was just 3-for-24 in seven games in his first stint with West Michigan this year, but will head to Lakeland for the first time. Corcino was actually called up yesterday, but will head back to Extended Spring Training. So goes life in the minors.

Posted by Chris, 5/2/12


5/1/12

Placed Tyler Stohr (RHP) on Erie DL (right elbow inflammation)

Transferred Wade Gaynor (INF) from Lakeland to Erie

Re-assigned Edgar Corcino (INF) from Extended Spring Training to Lakeland

Analysis: Stohr has given up four hits, five walks and one earned run over eight innings in Erie. Gaynor is hitting .230 with two home runs for Lakeland.

Posted by Chris, 5/1/12


4/29/12

Activated Zach Samuels (RHP) from Erie DL (right shoulder contusion)

Re-assigned Marcus Lemon (INF) from Extended Spring Training to Lakeland

Analysis: Erie had an open spot after Brent Dlugach was transferred to Toledo on Saturday. Samuels had been placed on the DL on April 20. Lakeland had an opening after sending Corey Jones to Erie on Saturday.

Posted by Chris, 4/29/12


4/28/12

Transferred Brent Dlugach (OF) from Erie to Toledo

Placed Steven Moya (OF) on West Michigan disabled list (right hamstring strain)

Re-assigned Jeff Holm (OF) from Extended Spring Training to West Michigan

Analysis: Toledo had an open spot after Danny Worth went to Detroit and Ramon Garcia went to Erie earlier in the day. Moya suffered a hamstring strain while going after a fly ball on Friday. He was leading the Midwest League with a .377 average. Holm was drafted by the Tigers in the 12th round last season out of Michigan State, where was named 2011 Big Ten Player of the Year. Holm hit .236 with five homers in 58 games for Connecticut last year.

Posted by Chris, 4/28/12


4/28/12

Placed Delmon Young (OF) on Detroit restricted list

Recalled Danny Worth (INF) from Toledo to Detroit

Transferred Ramon Garcia (LHP) from Toledo to Erie

Transferred Zach Miner (RHP) from Erie to Toledo

Transferred Corey Jones (INF) from Lakeland to Erie

Analysis: Delmon Young’s legal issues have resulted in him being placed on the restricted list. The Tigers had an opening in the infield after Brandon Inge was released, but he was replaced with slugger Brad Eldred. With the slugger Young on the restricted list now, Worth is that infield replacement. Erie had an open spot following the retirement of Brent Wyatt on Friday.

Posted by Chris, 4/28/12


4/27/12

Released Brandon Inge (INF) from Detroit

Purchased contract of Brad Eldred (1B) from Toledo and called up to Detroit

Transferred Rawley Bishop (INF) from Erie to Toledo

Activated Ben Guez (OF) from Erie disabled list (hamstring)

Erie OF Brent Wyatt retired

Analysis: Eldred has been tearing it up in Toledo, while veteran Brandon Inge was struggling in Detroit. Inge was cut and Eldred will get another shot at the Majors while the Tigers look to boost their offense. Bishop has hit .293 in Erie this season. Guez has been on the DL since the start of the season with a hamstring injury. Wyatt has played in 11 games for Erie this season. The 27-year-old was 7-for-33 (.212) at the plate and had never played higher than the Double-A level.

Posted by Chris, 4/27/12


4/26/12

Recalled Brayan Villarreal (RHP) from Toledo to Detroit

Purchased contract of Luke Putkonen from Toledo and called up to Detroit.

Optioned Adam Wilk (LHP) from Detroit to Toledo

Optioned Thad Weber (RHP) from Detroit to Toledo

Placed Matt Hoffman (LHP) on the Toledo DL (left shoulder strain)

Transferred Shawn Teufel from Lakeland to Toledo.

Analysis: Putkonen will fill the spot on the 40-man roster that opened when Al Alburquerque was placed on the 60-day DL. He had not pitched above Double-A before this season, but has been successful with Toledo, allowing nine hits and two earned runs in 13 innings. The Tigers need fresh arms because the starters are not lasting very long and the bullpen is being taxed. Wilk only lasted two innings Thursday and has recently struggled. Weber relieved Wilk and threw three innings. I don’t know if the Wilk/Villarreal move was planned, because Villarreal pitched Wednesday for Toledo, where he struggled. We still don’t know when Doug Fister will be able to come off the Detroit DL and who will fill Wilk’s spot in the rotation. Teufel pitched well for Toledo on Sunday, but was optioned to Lakeland when Daniel Schlereth was added to the roster. Now Teufel is back.

Posted by Chris, 4/26/12


4/21/12

Purchased contract of Thad Weber (RHP) from Toledo and called up to Detroit

Optioned Daniel Schlereth (LHP) to Toledo

Signed Efrain Lieves (LHP) to minor league contract and assigned him to extended spring training

Analysis: Schlereth had struggled for two straight weeks for the Tigers, and eventually just pitched his way off the team. Couple his struggles with Duane Below going five innings on Saturday and likely being unavailable for the next few days, and the Tigers need for a long man out-weighed all other considerations. After having lost Clete Thomas to the Twins, there was no need to open a spot on the 40-man roster, so the Tigers could purchase his contract and place him on the roster immediately. The selection of Weber was almost one of default, where the alternatives were either ineligible to be recalled (Brayan Villarreal), pitching poorly (Casey Crosby, Andy Oliver) or hurt (Fu-Te Ni, Luis Marte). Weber was 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in 12 innings so far this year with Toledo, with 15 strikeouts and just two walks.

Posted by Wez, 4/21/12


4/20/12

Acquired Zach Miner (RHP) in trade for cash. Placed on Erie active roster

Placed Zach Samuels on Erie DL (Right shoulder contusion)

Transferred Luis Sanz (RHP) from West Michigan to Lakeland

Re-assigned Melvin Mercedes (RHP) from Extended Spring Training to West Michigan

Activated Marcus Lemon (INF) from Suspended List and re-assigned to Extended Spring Training

Analysis: In need of minor league pitching depth, the Tigers traded cash to Kansas City for former Tiger Zach Miner. He pitched in the Tigers organization from 2005-2009, including four years at the big-league level. With Zach Samuels and Jay Voss going on the Erie DL, the organization decided to bring in a veteran from the outside. Miner spent last season in the Double-A and Triple-A affiliates of the Royals after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010.

Posted by Chris, 4/20/12


4/19/12

Placed Fu-Te Ni (LHP) on Toledo DL (Left shoulder)

Transferred Ramon Garcia (LHP) from Erie to Toledo

Transferred Patrick Cooper (RHP) from Lakeland to Erie

Placed Jay Voss (LHP) on Erie DL (Left elbow sprain)

Transferred Mark Sorenson (RHP) from Lakeland to Erie

Transferred Ryan Woolley from West Michigan to Lakeland

Re-assigned Warwick Saupold from Extended Spring Training to West Michigan

Analysis: Due to some injuries, some of these guys are being moved back for the third time in just over a week.

Posted by Chris, 4/19/12


4/16/12

Transferred Brent Dlugach (INF) from Toledo to Erie

Transferred Ramon Garcia (LHP) from Toledo to Erie

Transferred Corey Jones (INF) from Erie to Lakeland

Transferred Patrick Cooper (RHP) from Erie to Lakeland

Transferred Luis Angel Sanz from Lakeland to West Michigan

Re-assigned Warwick Saupold from West Michigan to Extended Spring Training

Analysis: A lot of moves here after Detroit brought up Adam Wilk and Brandon Inge and sent Brayan Villarreal and Danny Worthy to Toledo last weekend. Most of these players had recently been called up and struggled or didn’t play much, so nothing here is very surprising.

Posted by Chris, 4/16/12


4/14/12

Recalled Adam Wilk (LHP) from Toledo to Detroit

Activated Brandon Inge (INF) from DL (groin)

Optioned Brayan Villarreal (RHP) from Detroit to Toledo

Optioned Danny Worth (INF) from Detroit to Toledo

Analysis: As much as fans loathe the move, Brandon Inge is back with the Tigers after recovering from a sore left groin. He could start Sunday against White Sox LHP Chris Sale. Inge went 1-for-9 in three games with Toledo as part of his rehab, but he didn’t seem concerned, and apparently the Tigers aren’t either. Wilk will make his first Major League start on Saturday. After being called up last weekend, Villarreal only stuck around for a week. He gave up one hit in one total inning for the Tigers. Worth went 1-for-5 with a run scored in three games.

Posted by Chris, 4/14/12


4/10/12

Designated Clete Thomas (OF) for assignment

Purchased contract of Drew Smyly from Toledo

Analysis: The promotion of Smyly from Toledo was expected, the uncertainty was what the corresponding move would be to open a spot on the 25-man roster for him. That was decided on Wednesday, when the Tigers designated Thomas for assignment. The hope is still that he won't be claimed on waivers and will be assigned to Toledo, but that remains to be seen.

Posted by Chris, 4/10/12


4/10/12

Re-assigned Ramon Garcia from Erie to Toledo

Re-assigned Patrick Cooper from Lakeland to Erie

Re-assigned Luis Angel Sanz from West Michigan to Lakeland

Activated Ramon Lebron from West Michigan DL

Analysis: Kelvin De La Cruz will start in Garcia’s place in the Erie rotation.

Posted by Chris, 4/10/12


4/8/12

Doug Fister to the 15-day DL (abdominal strain)

Brayan Villarreal recalled from Toledo

Re-assigned Rob Waite from Erie to Toledo

Re-assigned Zach Samuels from Lakeland to Erie

Re-assigned Tyler White from West Michigan to Lakeland

Assigned Warwick Saupold to West Michigan from Extended Spring Training

Analysis: Fister was pulled out of the fourth inning of Saturday’s game against the Red Sox after experiencing pain in his right side. The Tigers don’t have a timeline for Fister’s return, only saying he’ll be back when he’s pain-free. Villarreal was one of the last players to be optioned to Toledo at the end of Spring Training, being sent to the Mud Hens a week ago. With Fister going on the DL, Villarreal is back with the big-league club. In 16 innings with the Tigers last season, Villarreal gave up 21 hits, 10 walks and 12 earned runs. With someone needing to fill the starting spot left by Fister, it is possible Villarreal could be used in some long relief situations.

Posted by Chris, 4/8/12


4/1/12

Optioned Duane Below (LHP) to Toledo

Optioned Brayan Villarreal (RHP) to Toledo

Analysis: The moves above have the biggest imapct on the guys not named, as it means Drew Smyly has won the job as the team’s fifth starter, and Luis Marte will be the final man out of the bullpen. Smyly will first make one start in Toledo before being called up to make his big league debut on April 12th. It also means that the Tigers will carry an extra position player for the first week of the season, potentially trying to hope to sneak someone through waivers after Opening Day rosters are set.

The battle between Marte and Villarreal was close, but Marte got the edge. It’s likely that both pitchers will see big league action this season though.

Posted by Wez, 4/1/12


3/29/12

Optioned Andy Oliver (LHP) to Toledo

Released Eric Roof ( C)

Released Shawn Roof (IF)

Released Pedro Perez (RHP)

Released Zach Maxfield (IF)

Released Jeff Rowland (OF)

Released Fernando Celis (RHP)

Released Chretien Matz (OF)

Analysis: The news of Oliver officially eliminates one more candidate for the fifth starter spot in Detroit, bringing the competition down to Below and Smyly. While Oliver made an impression early, and might have actually led the battle at one point, control problems returned as spring wore on and the Tigers just simply won’t hand the job over to someone they can’t trust to throw strikes consistently.

The rest of the minor league releases were not surprises. Both Roof brothers being let go on the same day was a slight surprise, however, both were likely looking at reserve roles at best within the organization. The roster trimming does help get the Tigers near what will likely be the final rosters for the minor league clubs when camp breaks.

Posted by Wez, 3/29/12


3/27/12

Released Kevan Hess (RHP)

Released Jeff Barfield (RHP)

Released Dan Kickham (RHP)

Released Josh Ashenbrenner (3B)

Released P.J. Polk (OF)

Released L.J. Gagnier (RHP)

Released Rayni Guichardo (LHP)

Released Trevor Feeney (RHP)

Released Les Smith (OF)

Released Nate Newman (RHP)

Released Derick Hudgins (INF)

Analysis: Guicardo's release happened a while back but was never logged in the Transaction Blog. The decision to cut ties with LJ Gagnier is only mildly surprising. He was a durable right arm that could fill multiple roles at the upper levels of the system. The Tigers are flush with guys that can start in Erie this year and Gagnier just didn't fit into that mix at this time. Trevor Feeney's fate was similar to Gagnier. Kickham, Hess, Ashenbrenner and Barfield just hadn't come along as the organization would have liked over the last year or so, resulting in their release to clear room for more promising prospects that needed playing time. PJ Polk has been dogged by injuries since signing and they have sapped some of the raw tools that made him an intriguing sleeper prospect.

Posted by Mark, 3/27/12


3/19/12

Optioned Jose Ortega (RHP) and Matt Hoffman (LHP) to Triple-A Toledo

Analysis: The roster trimming continues, as two pitchers that were on the outside looking in at the bullpen battle were officially removed from the race when they were sent to Toledo. Neither move is especially surprising, but both had strong showings in spring camp that will make them viewed favorably for when the time comes when the Tigers need to call up a reliever during the season.

Posted by Wez, 3/19/12


3/17/12

Optioned Tyler Stohr (RHP) to Double-A Erie

Assigned Darin Downs (LHP) to minor league camp

Analysis: The roster battles are slowly being trimmed, with this just the latest move to clear space and narrow down the field. Stohr was thought to have an outside shot at making a run for a bullpen job, but with so few spots available and not having the same experience as some others, the decision wasn't shocking and was likely inevitable.

Posted by Wez, 3/17/12


3/13/12

Released David Pauley (RHP)

Optioned Avisail Garcia (OF) to Double-A Erie (effective 3/15)

Optioned Hernan Perez (2B) to High-A Lakeland (effective 3/14)

Re-assigned Rob Brantly (C), Curt Casali (C), Patrick Leyland (C), James McCann (C), Nick Castellanos (3B) and Justin Henry (UT) to minor league camp.

Analysis: Pauley has been largely ineffective since arriving in Detroit as part of the trade that brought Doug Fister over from the Mariners last year. While he had an inside track on a bullpen job this season, his poor performance early made the Tigers decision easy and they opted to cut him loose early in camp.

The players heading back to minor league camp are not a surprise at this juncture. The host of catchers were around to keep up with all of the early-camp bullpen sessions and with those dwindling as pitchers get on a more consistent schedule, the younger catchers were no longer needed. Castellanos will head to the back fields as the club decides whether he will be assigned to Lakeland or Erie out of the gate.

The impending optional assignments of Garcia and Perez hint strongly that the Tigers will have both players start at those respective levels in April.

Posted by Mark, 3/13/12


2/16/12

Jordan Pratt (RHP) has retired (head injury)

Signed Zach Segovia (RHP)

Analysis: Last spring, Jordan Pratt had a serious scare when he took a line drive off his skull. He was on the ground for more than 30 minutes at the time, and spent months receiving treatment. After meeting with Tigers doctors, and due to the increased risk of repeat injury causing irreparable damage, Pratt has chosen not to return to the field. The door has been left open that he could try in the future, but as of now, his baseball career is over.

Posted by Wez, 2/16/12


2/8/12

Released Cody Satterwhite (RHP)

Signed Brent Dlugach (SS)

Signed Warwick Saupold (RHP)

Signed Tim Kelley (RHP)

Signed Juan Alcantara (RHP)

Signed Sandy Baez (RHP)

Signed Carlos Lara (RHP

Signed Arvincent Perez (C)

Signed Franklin Navarro (C)

Signed Joseph Manuel (SS)

Agreed to terms with Ignacio Valdez (OF)

Analysis: Satterwhite's release isn't all that shocking at this point in time, simply because his stuff never came back after major shoulder surgery. He was sitting in the upper-80s last summer while still battling discomfort in his shoulder, and that didn't bode well for his baseball future.

Saupold has drawn some recent hype after signing out of Australia, largely because of the unknown and the sparkling numbers he put in the Australian Baseball League this year. He's a project of sorts and is likely to start out in the lower minor leagues barring a truly impressive spring.

Kelley is an NDFA out of Wichita State. The Tigers have been intimately familiar with him over the years and he should help eat some innings during camp and possibly hold down a rotation or long relief slot in A-ball to start the year. With below-average to fringe-average stuff and good command, he lacks significant Major League projection.

The host of Latin American kids signed will be detailed in an upcoming Scouting MLN that should be live on the site later this week.

Posted by Mark A., 2/8/12




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