TigsTown Transaction Blog: Updated 12/17/08

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12/17/08

Signed Matt Treaner (C)

Analysis: Though the deal is not technically complete, only formalities remain. A one-year, $750,000 contract for a backup catcher isn't a bad deal. The Tigers have harbored interest in Treaner for a while, and getting him via this route, rather than via trade is a good thing. This allows Dusty Ryan to start the year in Toledo for extra development; a move that was desparately needed. A Laird/Treanor catching combo should be adequate in 2009.

Posted by: Mark, 12/17/08


12/13/08

Non-tendered Aquilino Lopez (RHP)

Analysis: Don't be fooled by the pretty ERA, Lopez wasn't that good in 2008. I was surprised they even allowed him to remain on the roster this long. Don't be shocked if he's brought back on a minor league deal with a non-roster invitation to spring training. The Tigers did tender contracts to others such as outfielder Marcus Thames; though analyzing the roster indicates he could be hard pressed to stick around through spring training.

Posted by: Mark, 12/13/08


12/12/08

Re-signed Ramon Santiago to one-year contract

Analysis: The move successfully avoids arbitration, and gets Santiago back in the fold at a mere $825,000 for the 2009 season. Between Santiago and Everett, the Tiers will have their shortstop position manned this season for nder $2 million; not a bad bargain for overall good defense and a little small ball at the bottom of the lineup.

Posted by: Mark, 12/12/08


12/11/08

Detroit selected Kyle Bloom (LHP) from Pittsburgh in the Rule 5 draft

Arizona selected James Skelton (C) from Detroit in the Rule 5 draft

Detroit acquired Edwin Jackson (RHP) from Tampa Bay in exchange for Matt Joyce (OF)

Released Carlos Cachutt (RHP)

Released Dick Guanipa (INF)

Signed Ramon Franco (RHP)

Signed Aldo Navia (OF)

Signed Jesus Alvarado (OF)

Signed Eugenio Suarez (INF)

Analysis: The loss of Skelton may seem tough to swallow, but it's likely not a big deal. There are enough concerns over his game that he either won't be a huge impact player, or he'll be returned. Bloom has made some nice strides after battling inconsistency early, and he could be a nice bullpen lefty in 2009. Despite Joyce's shiny power numbers in Detroit last year, this is a solid move for the Tigers. Jackson's arsenal has impressive potential and must simply be harnessed to begin fulfilling his potential. Joyce was likely in the middle of a roster crunch, and could have easily ended up back in Toledo to start the season, while Jackson fills a much needed pitching hole for the Tigers. We'll have more on the recent signings from the Dominican and Venezuela as it becomes available, so check back with TigsTown for the bios and full scouting reports soon.

Posted by: Mark, 12/11/08


12/09/08

Signed Adam Everett (SS) to one-year contract

Analysis: Everett will have the opportunity to take the full-time shortstop duties in Detroit in 2009. His contract is still pending a more thorough physical, but indications are this will be done. If his shoulder is 100%, Everett is an elite level defender and shores up a major defensive weakness from 2008.

Posted by: Mark, 12/11/08


12/08/08

Detroit acquired Gerald Laird (C) from Texas in exchange for Guillermo Moscoso (RHP) and Carlos Melo (RHP)

Analysis: The Tigers were in dire need of a proven MLB catcher, and Laird fits the bill. Moscoso is nearly MLB ready as either a back end starter or long reliever, and he should have value quickly in Texas. Melo is a long way away from the big leagues, but he has plenty of arm strength and projection for fans to drool over.

Posted by: Mark, 12/08/08


11/20/08

Detroit resigned C Dane Sardinha to a minor league deal.

Analysis: Sardinha has been signed to add depth to the catching position for the organization, and as a potential emergency stopgap at the big league level. The Tigers will likely invite Sardinha to big league camp, but will still pursue a big leaguer to either be the starter, or possibly platoon with Dusty Ryan.

Posted by: Wez, 11/26/08


11/20/08

Detroit purchased the contracts of Wilkin Ramirez (OF), Casper Wells (OF), Zach Simons (RHP), Alfredo Figaro (RHP), and Guillermo Moscoso (RHP), and added them to the 40-man roster.

Analysis: In time to protect these players from the Rule 5 draft, the Tigers added some key young players to the 40-man roster. Alfredo Figaro is a mild surprise, but his raw arm strength is enough to entice the organization. Some surprising omissions include second baseman Will Rhymes, catcher James Skelton, and right-handers Jay Sborz and Luis Marte. All four players will now be subject to the Rule 5 draft next month; and could be lost from the organization.

Posted by: Mark, 11/20/08


11/5/08

Re-signed Max St. Pierre (C)

Declared the free agnecy of the following players: Ian Ostlund (LHP), Derek Wathan (INF), Blaine Neal (RHP), Jeremy Johnson (RHP), Yorman Bazardo (RHP), Freddy Guzman (OF), Timo Perez (OF), Kody Kirkland (3B), Erick Almonte (INF), Pedro Cotto (1B), Caonabo Cosme (INF), Luis Gil (RHP), and Orlando Perdomo (RHP)

Analysis: Bringing back St. Pierre and Ostlund is not a shocking decision, as both have value at the Triple-A level. The departure of the remainder of these players does not have a drastic impact on the system, as most are quite easily replaceable on the free agent market. Freddy Guzman's speed and on-base ability will be missed, but he was unlikely to have an impact in Detroit. The long tenure of Kody Kirkland at third base in this system has come to a close. It's unfortunate, a player with so much promise that could just never put it together.

Posted by: Mark, 11/5/08


11/3/08

Re-signed Danny Christensen (LHP)

Posted by: Mark, 11/3/08


11/2/08

Signed Pat Stanley (RHP)

Todd Jones (RHP), Freddy Garcia (RHP), and Vance Wilson (C) filed for free agency

Analysis: The Tigers are still interested in Garcia returning to the rotation in 2009, at a reasonable cost. Vance has expressed an interest in returning to Detroit, but there are still lingering questions about his health and the Tigers eagerness to bring him back in behind the plate. Don't be shocked if Wilson and/or Garcia are in camp with Detroit next spring. Stanley's yet another Indy League signing for the Tigers, having played for the Newark Bears in 2008. He's got solid stuff but lacks an ability to control any of his four pitches.

Posted by: Mark, 11/2/08


10/31/08

Detroit declined the 2009 option on Edgar Renteria (SS)

Outrighted Gary Glover (RHP) from the 40-man roster

Outrighted Dane Sardinha (C) from the 40-man roster

Analysis: Nothing surprising here. The Renteria move is just making official what the Tigers had essentially already announced. It will be interesting to see if he is approached about a return at a reduced rate. Glove and Sardinha both refused the assignments to Toledo and are now free agents. More moves will be coming in the next few days, as players like Kyle Farnsworth, Casey Fossum, Kenny Rogers, and the like can all file for free agency, five days after the World Series is complete.

Posted by: Mark, 10/31/08


10/28/08

Virgil Vasquez (RHP) claimed off waivers by the Boston Red Sox

Analysis: In a move likely meant to start clearing 40-man roster space for off-season moves, the Tigers jettisoned Vasquez from the roster; exposing him to waivers and being claimed by the Red Sox. After a down season in Triple-A, Vasquez's prospect star had come into question by many, but apparently not one of the better run organizations in the game.

Posted by: Mark, 10/28/08


10/20/08

Released Hayden Parrott (OF)

Released Cory Middleton (OF)

Released Justin Justice (OF)

Released Dario Carvajal (RHP)

Released Brandon Harrigan (C)

Released Hayden Lackey (RHP)

Released Santo Mieses (RHP)

Released Kyle Pearson (RHP)

Released Carlos Ramirez (1B/3B)

Released PJ Finigan (RHP)

Released Zach Piccola (LHP)

Released Kelvin Cedano (RHP)

Released Angel Castro (RHP)

Released Danny Zell (LHP)

Released Derek Witt (RHP)

Released Luis Arlet (OF)

Analysis: A few surprises among these moves, including Parrott, Justice, and Castro. Justice was coming off a fine season at High-A Lakeland, but he was repeating the level, and in the past there have been rumblings of off-field issues that needed to be straightened out. Parrott's release comes on the heels of yet another disappointing season at the plate. His offensive progression has stagnated, and he hasn't taken to any position defensively. Castro's departure is not surprising given his age and lack of development, but given the promise and control he has showed in the past, one might have thought he'd get one more season to put it together.

Posted by: Mark, 10/20/08


10/15/08

Francis Beltran (RHP) granted free agency

Analysis: No shock here. Beltran was a good risk for the 2008 season, but the odds were against his return. He'll head somewhere else where he can get another crack at a big league bullpen. There's a slim chance he comes back to the Tigers organization, but I'd set the odds pretty low on that one.

Posted by: Mark, 10/15/08


10/10/08

Signed Charlie Lisk (C)

Analysis: Lisk is a solid defender with some ability with the bat. If he makes it out of spring training, he's more roster filler at the A-ball level.

Posted by: Mark, 10/12/08


10/10/08

Signed Yorfrank Lopez (RHP)

Signed Jose Soledad (INF)

Signed Steven Mercedes (OF)

Analysis: Mercedes is the only Dominican of the recently signed trio, with Lopez and Soledad both preparing to report to the VSL for the 2009 season. Check back with TigsTown for all the details on these three prospects including scouting reports.

Posted by: Mark, 10/10/08


10/8/08

Signed Chad Linder (LHP)

Signed Mike LaLuna (RHP)

Granted free agency to RHP Francisco Cruceta

Analysis: Cruceta wasn't the answer the Tigers were hoping for in the bullpen this season, and his hitting the free agent market is certainly not surprising. I'm sure another team will be more than willing to take another chance on his upside. The two pitchers added to the system both have some upside, and both should fill roles in the A-ball range in 2009.

Posted by: Mark, 10/8/08


9/29/08

Signed Kris Regas (LHP)

Signed Beau Torbert (OF)

Analysis: The Tigers went back to the well at Souix Falls. After signing lefty Josh Kite in July, they returned to the American Association champs and signed Regas and Torbert. Torbert was named the League's MVP on the heels of a .324/.382/.568 season that included 19 bombs, 14 steals, and 71 driven in over 90 games. Regas was just as impressive, posting a 1.29 ERA with 30 saves in 42 innings. He walked only eight all season, and struck out 72, while yielding just 26 hits. Both players will report to minor league spring traning in March. Check back with TigsTown for updated scouting reports as they become available.

Posted by: Mark, 9/29


9/08/08

Wilsen Palacios (RHP) suspended 50 games

Eduardo Gonzalez (RHP) suspended 50 games

Analysis: Both players will begin their suspension at the start of next season. Watch closely though, as the organization hasn't had much tolerance for performance enhancing drug suspensions at the minor league level; releasing prior culprits such as Alvaro Diaz, Sendy Vasquez, and Damien Myers within a year of their suspension.

Posted by: Mark, 9/8


8/28/08 9/03/08

Ronnie Bourquin (1B/3B) suspended

Brandon Douglas (SS) re-assigned from Erie to Oneonta

Dusty Ryan (C) re-assigned from Toledo to Detroit

Dontrelle Willis (LHP) recalled from Toledo to Detroit

Clay Rapada (LHP) recalled from Toledo to Detroit

Freddy Dolsi (RHP) recalled from Toledo to Detroit

Chris Lambert (RHP) recalled from Toledo to Detroit

Clete Thomas (OF) placed on Toledo disabled list (elbow)

Jeff Frazier (OF) re-assigned from Erie to Toledo

Brandon Douglas (SS) re-assigned from Oneonta to Erie

Brayan Villareal (RHP) re-assigned from GCL to West Michigan

Andy Dirks (OF) activated from West Michigan disabled list

Jon Kibler (LHP) activated from West Michigan disabled list (shoulder)

Hayden Parrott (OF) re-assigned from West Michigan to Oneonta

Jared Gayhart (LHP) re-assigned from GCL to Oneonta

Kelvin Cedano (RHP) re-assigned from West Michigan to Oneonta

Nick Cassavechia (RHP) re-assigned from GCL to Oneonta

Steve Gilman (RHP) activated from Oneonta disabled list

Anastacio Martinez (RHP) released

Posted by: Mark, 9/3


8/28/08

Detroit Tigers optioned Chris Lambert (RHP) to Toledo

Jeff Larish (1B/3B) called up to Detroit from Toledo

Will Rhymes (2B) promoted to Toledo from Erie

Analysis: With Carlos Guillen unavailable for a few days, the Tigers have brought Jeff Larish up to try his hand at third base. Lambert was optioned down, but will return to Detroit on September 1 for his next start, at which point rosters will have expanded and the Tigers won't need to option anyone down. To fill Larish's spot in Toledo, Will Rhymes was called up to handle the slot for the final few days of the season.

Posted by: Wez, 8/28


8/25/08

Detroit Tigers purchased contract of Chris Lambert (RHP) from Toledo

Francis Beltran (RHP) designated for assignment

Freddy Garcia (RHP) re-assigned from Lakeland to Toledo

Jon Kibler (LHP) placed on West Michigan disabled list (left shoulder)

Roger Tomas (INF) activated from West Michigan disabled list (wrist)

Analysis: We'll update when we see who Lambert replaces on the 25-man roster, but for now the focus has to be on his impending big league debut. He has reeled off a fine season and if he can maintain his composure, he should be just fine in the big leagues. Garcia keeps pushing his way to a September call-up, in what could be an audition for not just the Tigers in 2009, but all of baseball. Kibler's injury is troublesome, but there appears to be hope that he will return in time for the playoffs. Watch him closely as the season winds down. UPDATE: Beltran is the unlucky soul that heads out for Lambert's MLB debut. Beltran will have to clear waivers to make it down to Toledo, but considering he's done that once this year, I don't think it will be a problem.

Posted by: Mark, 8/25


8/20/08

Lauren Gagnier (RHP) re-assigned from West Michigan to Lakeland

Aaron Fuhrman (LHP) re-assigned from Oneonta to West Michigan

Analysis: Gagnier has now been a member of every full-season club in the Tigers' minor league system. His assignment to Lakeland likely stems from subsequent promotion for someone from Lakeland to Erie, to fill the spot vacated by Matt Rusch's promotion to Toledo. No word at this time as to who the others are involved in this series of moves at both Erie and West Michigan. --- UPDATE: Fuhrman takes Gagnier's spot at West Michigan, meaning there could be multiple candidates for the fifth rotation slot down the stretch. Those candidates could easily include Hess, Nardozzi, Fuhrman (who has a history of starting), and even Jacobson or Green.

Posted by: Mark, 8/20


8/18/08

Matt Rusch (RHP) re-assigned from Erie to Toledo

Analysis: Rusch is racking up the miles between Erie and Toledo this season, as he is the (un)lucky guy to be the swingman between the two bullpens. Some of his inconsistency this season may be chalked up to the inconsistency in assignments. The open Erie bullpen slot likely won't be filled for a couple of days.

Posted by: Mark, 8/18


8/17/08

Todd Jones (RHP) placed on Detroit disabled list (shoulder) retroactive to August 16th

Detroit purchased contract of Gary Glover (RHP) from Toledo

Analysis: Jones second trip to the DL may spell the end of his time in Detroit. If his shoulder doesn't stop hurting with this trip to the list, his career could also be in jeopardy. Glover was quite poor in his time with Tampa this season, but he has a history of filling some solid innings at the big league level.

Posted by: Mark, 8/17


8/15/08

Andy Dirks (OF) assigned to GCL on rehab

Casey Crosby (LHP) added to GCL active roster

Derek Witt (RHP) re-assigned from Erie to Lakeland

Jordan Tata (RHP) placed on Lakeland disabled list

Todd Jones (RHP) activated from Detroit disabled list

Freddy Dolsi (RHP) optioned from Detroit to Toledo

Matt Rusch (RHP) re-assigned from Toledo to Erie

Posted by: Mark, 8/16


8/13/08

Derek Witt (RHP) re-assigned from Lakeland to Erie

Matt Rusch (RHP) re-assigned from Erie to Toledo

Joel Zumaya (RHP) placed on Detroit disabled list (arm)

Francis Beltran (RHP) recalled from Toledo to Detroit

Lester Oliveros (RHP) re-assigned from Oneonta to Lakeland

Analysis: Zumaya's continued arm problems are a concern, though they should be expected given the rapid nature in which he came back. Just hope this is nothing more than soreness. Beltran's stay in Detroit is likely to be short-lived. Oliveros has been dominating the NYPL since debuting stateside in June, and this promotion backfills the roster spot opened by Dontrelle Willis' move to Toledo. Oliveros has the stuff and mentality to handle this leap, and he should be successful in a relief role in short order. UPDATE: Rusch's promotion to Toledo backfills for the loss of Beltran, while Witt rounds out the Erie bullpen after the departure of Rusch. All these moves still leave a spot open in Lakeland for Freddy Garcia to start his road back to the big leagues.

Posted by: Mark, 8/13


8/12/08

Ryan Strieby (1B) placed on Lakeland disabled list

Jordan Lennerton (1B) re-assigned from GCL to Lakeland

Dontrelle Willis (LHP) re-assigned from Lakeland to Toledo

Eddie Bonine (RHP) placed on Toledo disabled list (shoulder)

Analysis: Willis heads to Toledo in place of the injured Eddie Bonine, and the jump back to Triple-A will be a huge test of his refined delivery and new-found 'command.' If he demonstrates an ability to get outs at the minor league's highest level, he may be in line for another shot at Detroit before the season ends. It also appears a foot problem is the only thing that can slow Strieby's power barrage. Lennerton will be stretched to be competitive in the Florida State League, so don't expect too much.

Posted by: Mark, 8/12


8/7/08

Jeff Kunkel (C) re-assigned from Erie to Lakeland

Adrian Casanova (C) re-assigned from Lakeland to Erie

Signed Gary Glover (RHP) and assigned him to Toledo

Released Brian Rogers (RHP)

Posted by: Mark, 8/8


8/5/08

Danny Worth (SS) placed on Toledo disabled list (shoulder)

Max Leon (INF) activated from Toledo disabled list (shoulder)

Posted by: Mark, 8/5


8/4/08

Clay Rapada (LHP) re-assigned from Detroit to Toledo

Josh Kite (LHP) assigned to Erie

Juan Cedeno (LHP) released

Adam Frost (SS) re-assigned from Lakeland to GCL

Posted by: Mark, 8/4


8/2/08

Cale Iorg (SS) activated from Lakeland disabled list

Jordan Tata (RHP) activated from Lakeland disabled list

Eric Broberg (RHP) assigned to GCL

Kyle Farnsworth (RHP) added to Detroit roster

Posted by: Mark, 8/3


8/1/08

James Skelton (C) re-assigned from Lakeland to Erie

Analysis:Skelton's move to Erie rounds out the catching carousel. This will be a huge test for Skelton, as advanced pitchers may be more likely to challenge a hitter with so little power. If his OBP dips significantly, that could be trouble for his prospect status.

Posted by: Mark, 8/1


7/31/08

Adrian Casanova (C) re-assigned from West Michigan to Lakeland

Angel Flores (C) re-assigned from Oneonta to Weste Michigan

Todd Jones (RHP) placed on Detroit disabled list (shoulder inflammation)

Clay Rapada (LHP) recalled from Toledo to Detroit

Ivan Rodriguez (C) traded to New York Yankees in exchange for Kyle Farnsworth (RHP)

Dane Sardinha (C) recalled from Toledo to Detroit

Dusty Ryan (C) re-assigned from Erie to Toledo

Derek Wathan (INF) suspended

Analysis: Sardinha likely won't be playing much in Detroit, as the Tigers push for the playoffs, but his departure opens an interesting opportunity for Dusty Ryan to demonstrate his struff at Triple-A after putting together a nice campaign at Erie. Look for a couple of additional moves to follow, at least to backfill Ryan's spot in Erie. Jones has been hurting for a while, so this move should help the bullpen, while Rapada has continued to pitch well at Toledo and may help an ailing relief corps. One reliever will still need to go in order to make room for Kyle Farnsworth on Friday.

Posted by: Mark, 7/31


7/30/08

Lauren Gagnier (RHP) re-assigned from Erie to West Michigan

Guillermo Moscoso (RHP) re-assigned from Lakeland to Erie

Ben Fritz (RHP) released

Scot Drucker (RHP) assigned to Erie

Posted by: Mark, 7/30


7/29/08

Alfredo Figaro (RHP) re-assigned from West Michigan to Lakeland

Kyle Pearson (RHP) placed on Lakeland disabled list

Mike Hessman (3B) and Blaine Neal (RHP) placed on Toledo reserve list (Olympics)

Posted by: Mark, 7/29


7/28/08

Ryan Perry (RHP) re-assigned from GCL to Lakeland

Matt O'Brien (RHP) released

Danny Worth (SS) re-assigned from Erie to Toledo

Casey Fien (RHP) re-assigned from Erie to Toledo

Rudy Darrow (RHP) re-assigned from West Michigan to Erie

Wilkin Ramirez (OF) activated from Erie disabled list (quad)

Louis Ott (UT) re-assigned from Erie to Lakeland

Audy Ciriaco (SS) activated from West Michigan disabled list

Brandon Douglas (SS) re-assigned from West Michigan to Oneonta

Chris White (OF) re-assigned from Oneonta to West Michigan

Orlando Perdomo (RHP) re-assigned from Oneonta to West Michigan

Keith Stein (OF) re-assigned from West Michigan to Oneonta

Signed Scot Drucker (RHP)

Signed Josh Kite (LHP)

Posted by: Mark, 7/28


7/23/08

Chris Carlson (1B) activated from West Michigan disabled list (hand)

Hayden Parrott (OF) re-assigned from West Michigan to Oneonta

Nick Trzesniak (C) released

Posted by: Mark, 7/23


7/22/08

Andrew Kown (RHP) released

Marcelo Perez (RHP) released

Ben Fritz (RHP) activated from Erie disabled list

Fernando Seguignol (1B) released

Analysis: The release of Kown and Perez is not entirely shocking. Perez's performance this year has been decidedly mediocre, while Kown has been up and down, and with the health of his arm in question, the move has some merit. Fritz returns to the pitching staff, though there may not be a rotation slot open for him right away; that will depend on the organization's immediate plans for Josh Rainwater and Luis Marte.

Posted by: Mark, 7/22


7/21/08

Zach Miner (RHP) recalled from Toledo to Detroit

Jeff Larish (1B) re-assigned from Detroit to Toledo

Wilkin Ramirez (OF) placed on Erie disabled list (quad)

Danny Worth (SS) activated from Erie disabled list (back/shoulder)

Eddie Bonine (RHP) re-assigned from Erie to Toledo

Luis Marte (RHP) will be activated from Erie disabled list (elbow) for tonight's game

Analysis: Bonine was expected to return to Toledo in short order, and his departure from Erie clears room for the return of Luis Marte. Marte pitched well in his only rehab outing with the GCL team. The jump back to Double-A should be a good test for him, with a critical eye kept on both his control and velocity, as potential signs as to the health of his right elbow. Update: Ramirez hits the DL after missing several games with a strained muscle in his leg. Its probably a wise move, forcing him to sit out for at least a week, and allowing the team to replace him on the roster. Worth's activation is a good sign, and hopefully his bat perks up with a healthy back and shoulder.

Posted by: Mark, 7/21


7/18/08

Max Leon (INF) placed on Toledo disabled list (shoulder)

Kody Kirkland (3B) re-assigned from Erie to Toledo

Santo De Leon (3B) re-assigned from Lakeland to Erie

Adam Frost (SS) re-assigned from GCL to Lakeland

Analysis: Leon's left shoulder subluxation is unfortunate, and depending on the severity, he could be out a while. The promotions that followed could be scary at some point, as none of Kirkland, De Leon, or Frost are really ready for the next level of competition in my opinion.

Posted by: Mark, 7/19


7/17/08

Cody Satterwhite (RHP) re-assigned from GCL to Lakeland

Dane Sardinha (C) transferred from Toledo reserve list to active roster

Nick Martin (LHP) released

Posted by: Mark, 7/17


7/16/08

Clete Thomas (OF) re-assigned from Detroit to Toledo

Magglio Ordonez (OF) activated from Detroit disabled list

Luke Putkonen (RHP) placed on Oneonta disabled list (shoulder)

Luis Marte (RHP) assigned to GCL on rehab

Santo Mieses (RHP) re-assigned from GCL to Oneonta

Sean Finefrock (RHP) retired

Dontrelle Willis (LHP) activated from Lakeland disabled list

Orlando Perdomo (RHP) re-assigned from Lakeland (GCL Rehab) to Oneonta

Analysis: Ordonez is healthy and feeling good, which should be a nice boost for the Tiger offense coming out of the break. Despite a solid job with the big club, Thomas was out-performed by Matt Joyce. Clete should get another shot in Detroit this year. Putkonen and Marte should be watched closely, moreso Marte in the immediate as he returns to the mound. Willis' return to the mound will be watched intently by both the organization and Tiger fans everywhere, as his new mechanics could seriously alter his effectiveness and ability to get back to the big leagues. Swapping out Finefrock for Mieses helps the Oneonta bullpen, as Finefrock is in jeopardy of being released. There's been no official word yet, however.

Posted by: Mark, 7/16


7/15/08

Adrian Casanova (C) re-assigned from Toledo to West Michigan

Audy Ciriaco (SS) placed on West Michigan disabled list (quad)

Dane Sardinha (C) cleared waivers and was placed on the Toledo reserve list.

Ben Fritz (RHP) placed on Erie disabled list

Luis Gil (RHP) placed on Oneonta disabled list

Angel Flores (C) re-assigned from West Michigan to Oneonta

Josh Workman (2B) re-assigned from GCL to Oneonta

Brandon Douglas (SS) re-assigned from Oneonta to West Michigan

Analysis: Sardinha should be activated soon, and resume his duties as the primary catcher at Toledo. Douglas' move to West Michigan was necessary to give the 'Caps a true shortstop in the wake of an injury to Audy Ciriaco (more on that later), and Workman's move to Oneonta gives him a challenge commensurate with his experience level.

Posted by: Mark, 7/15


7/14/08

Cale Iorg (SS) placed on Lakeland disabled list

Analysis: The full extent of Iorg's trip to the DL is unknown at this time, but early word doesn't indicate that he'll be out very long. Gustavo Nunez should get most of the time at short in his absence.

Posted by: Mark, 7/14


7/14/08

Cale Iorg (SS) placed on Lakeland disabled list

Analysis: The full extent of Iorg's trip to the DL is unknown at this time, but early word doesn't indicate that he'll be out very long. Gustavo Nunez should get most of the time at short in his absence.

Posted by: Mark, 7/14


7/11/08

Danny Worth (SS) placed on Erie disabled list (back/shoulder)

Louis Ott (UT) re-assigned from Lakeland to Erie

Gustavo Nunez (INF) re-assigned from GCL to Lakeland

Analysis: Worth finally hits the DL after a long battle with his back and shoulder, and hopefully the DL stint will allow him to heal and re-discover his bat. Ott gives Erie a ton of positional flexibility, but with Shawn Roof still there, he's unlikely to see a ton of time.

Posted by: Mark, 7/10


7/10/08

Eddie Bonine (RHP) optioned to Erie

Jeff Larish (1B) recalled from Toledo to Detroit

Dane Sardinha (C) designated for assignment

Brandon Inge (UT) reinstated from Detroit disabled list

Analysis: A fifth starter won't be needed before the break and Bonine's trip to Erie allows him to remain on his starting schedule. He is a candidate to return following the break, but the organization has several potential options for the fifth starter spot. With Inge coming off the DL, Sardinha was the likely guy to go, and without any options remaining he has to clear waivers to make it back to Toledo.

Posted by: Mark, 7/10


7/9/08

Dontrelle Willis (LHP) placed on Lakeland disabled list (knee)

Andrew Kown (RHP) placed on Erie disabled list

Signed 2008 1st round pick Ryan Perry (RHP)

Keith Stein (OF) re-assigned from Oneonta to West Michigan

Changed assignment of Cody Satterwhite (RHP) from Lakeland to GCL Tigers

Posted by: Mark, 7/9


7/8/08

Ramon Santiago (SS) activated from Detroit disabled list

Michael Hollimon (INF) optioned to Toledo

Posted by: Mark, 7/8


7/5/08

Lauren Gagnier (RHP) re-assigned from Toledo to Erie

Justin Justice (OF) re-assigned from Erie to Lakeland

Pedro Cotto (UT) re-assigned from Lakeland to Erie

Alden Carrithers (2B) signed and has been assigned to GCL

Santos Mieses (RHP) re-assigned from Lakeland to GCL

Brent Dlugach (SS) assigned to GCL on rehab (shoulder)

Posted by: Mark, 7/7


7/3/08

Robbie Weinhardt (RHP) assigned to Lakeland

Angel Castro (RHP) re-assigned from Lakeland to Erie

Anastacio Martinez (RHP) re-assigned from Erie to Toledo

Jeremy Johnson (RHP) activated from Toledo disabled list

Posted by: Mark, 7/7


7/3/08

Robbie Weinhardt (RHP) assigned to Lakeland

Angel Castro (RHP) re-assigned from Lakeland to Erie

Anastacio Martinez (RHP) re-assigned from Erie to Toledo

Jeremy Johnson (RHP) activated from Toledo disabled list

Posted by: Mark, 7/7


7/2/08

Zach Miner (RHP) optioned to Toledo

Aquilino Lopez (RHP) recalled from Toledo to Detroit

Joaquin Guzman (INF), Brent Wyatt (SS), and Mark Sorensen (RHP) placed on Oneonta disabled list

Posted by: Mark, 7/2


7/1/08

Preston Larrison (RHP) released

Roger Tomas (INF) placed on West Michigan disabled list

Posted by: Mark, 7/2


6/29/08

Magglio Ordonez (OF) placed on Detroit disabled list

Matt Joyce (OF) re-called from Toledo to Detroit

Caonabo Cosme (UT) placed on Erie disabled list

Shaw Roof (INF) re-assigned from Lakeland to Erie

Carmelo Jaime (2B) re-assigned from GCL Tigers to Lakeland

Cody Satterwhite (RHP) assigned to Lakeland

Posted by: Mark, 6/29


6/26/08 6/27/08

Matt Hoffman (LHP) re-assigned from West Michigan to Oneonta

Brandon Hamilton (RHP) re-assigned from West Michigan to GCL

Scott Green (RHP) re-assigned from GCL to West Michigan

Thad Weber (RHP) re-assigned from GCL to West Michigan

Posted by: Mark, 6/27


6/26/08

James Skelton (C) re-instated from Lakeland disabled list (hand)

Detroit has signed 2008 2nd round pick Cody Satterwhite (RHP)

Adrian Casanova (C) re-assigned from Erie to Toledo

Jeff Kunkel (C) re-assigned from Lakeland to Erie

Kyle Pearson (RHP) has been assigned to Lakeland

Posted by: Mark, 6/26


6/25/08

Detroit trades Denny Bautista (RHP) to Pittsburgh for Kyle Pearson (RHP)

Brandon Inge (C/3B) placed on Detroit disabled list (oblique) retro-active to 6/23/08

Contract of Dane Sardinha (C) purchased by Detroit from Toledo

Matt Rusch (RHP) re-assigned from Toledo to Erie

Timo Perez (OF) activated from Toledo disabled list

Jackson Melian (OF/DH) released

Anthony Tomey (RHP) released

Posted by: Mark, 6/25


6/24/08

Gary Sheffield (OF/DH) activated from disabled list (oblique)

Jeff Larish (1B) optioned to Triple-A Toledo

Andy Dirks (OF) placed on West Michigan disabled list (broken hand)

Hayden Parrott (OF) promoted from Oneonta to West Michigan

Posted by: Mark, 6/24


6/21/08

Joe Tucker re-assigned from Erie to West Michigan

Nick Trzesniak (C) placed on Toledo disabled list

Max St. Pierre (C) re-instated from Reserve List, and re-assigned from Erie to Toledo

Angel Flores (C) re-assigned from Erie to West Michigan

Adrian Casanova (C) re-assigned from West Michigan to Erie

Santo De Leon (3B) reinstated from Lakeland disabled list to active roster

Posted by: Mark, 6/21


6/20/08

Joel Zumaya (RHP) activated from disabled list

Denny Bautista (RHP) designated for assignment

Released Marc McBratney (OF), Orlando Rodriguez (OF), Erik Averill (LHP), Brandon Johnson (RHP), Adriano Santos (RHP), Nolan Chestnut (LHP), Santo Franco (RHP), and Justin Miller (RHP)

Wilkin Ramirez (OF) re-assigned from Toledo to Erie

Angel Flores (C) re-assigned from Erie to extended spring training in Lakeland, FL

Dontrelle Willis (LHP) moved from the reserve list to the active roster at Lakeland

Posted by: Mark, 6/20


6/19/08

Clete Thomas (OF) recalled from rehab assignment to Detroit

Brent Clevlen (OF) optioned from Detroit to Toledo

Alex Avila (C), Andy Dirks (OF), and Brett Jacobson (RHP) assigned to West Michigan

Chris Carlson (1B) placed on West Michigan disabled list (broken hand)

Posted by: Mark, 6/19


6/18/08

Anastacio Martinez (RHP) re-assigned from Toledo to Erie

Matt Righter (RHP) released

Posted by: Mark, 6/18


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