TigsTown Transaction Blog: The First Cuts

Stay current with all the roster movement and personnel decisions with the TigsTown Transaction Blog. The Tigers have made their first round of cuts from big league camp.


Optioned Duane Below (LHP), Andy Oliver (LHP) Lester Oliveros (RHP), Jose Ortega (RHP), Audy Ciriaco (3B), Cale Iorg (SS), and Ryan Strieby (1B) to Toledo

Optioned Jacob Turner (RHP) to Erie

Assigned Chris Oxspring (RHP), Rob Brantly (C), Brandon Douglas (2B), Avisail Garcia (OF), Ben Guez (OF), Bryan Holaday (C), Patrick Leyland (C), John Murrian (C), Omir Santos (C), and John Bale (LHP) to minor league camp.

Analysis: No surprises in this round of moves, as all of the players listed above were expected to start in the minor leagues. The only player that actually had a shot to head north with the big club was right-hander Chris Oxspring, but he had some high hurdles to overcome to make the roster.

Posted by: Mark, 03/15/11


Signed Cruz Cedeno (RHP)

Brandon Hamilton (RHP) retired

Lance Baxter (LHP) retired

Released Pete Miller (INF)

Released Robinson Figueroa (RHP/OF)

Released Ernesto Martes (1B)

Analysis: The is the second time in two years that Hamilton has left baseball, and you have to believe this is the end of the road. The Tigers were prepared to let him just go out and chuck it this year and see if he got back to having fun and if he developed, but in the end, baseball just isn't in the cards for Hamilton any longer. Baxter left part way through the summer to deal with some family issues, and has now called it a career after only a few outings in the NYPL. According to most that saw him last year, the stuff never showed up after a long college season and he was a non-prospect. Miller was signed in part to help fill out the GCL roster and his departure is not unexpected. The Tigers had been trying some last ditch efforts with Figueroa after his bat never showed any life in the DSL. They had moved him to the mound last summer in hopes that his raw arm strength would translate, but the writing was on the wall when he was destined to be the fifth outfielder in the DSL. Martes has had some injury issues that have held him back and the bat that showed some potential as an amateur never took the necessary steps forward as a pro.

Posted by: Mark, 03/09/11


Signed Adrian Paniagua (RHP)

Signed Junior Camaripano (LHP)

Signed Sergio Beriguete (RHP)

Analysis: The Beriguete signing hasn't been made official by the organization but several sources have confirmed that the deal is pending MLB approval. He is a projectable right-hander with solid stuff and some projection for more velocity down the road. Paniagua will turn 20 this May and his massive 6-foot-5 frame can get his fastball up to 90 mph at times. He has feel for a sharp curveball and continues to work on a change-up. Camaripano turned 17 in December and though the lefty lacks present velocity, he has good command of his fastball and a breaking ball that already flashes as an above-average pitch at times according to scouts. Paniagua and Beriguete are expected to debut in the DSL, while Camaripano should start his career in the VSL.

Posted by: Mark, 02/16/11


Traded Armando Galarraga (RHP) to Arizona for Kevin Eichorn (RHP) and Ryan Robowski (LHP)

Analysis: After being DFA'd last week, the trade of Galarraga brings his Tiger career to a close. Arizona will pick up all of Galarraga's $2.3 million 2011 salary. The return for the Tigers includes two fringy prospect that profile as bullpen arms at best. Eichorn has great makeup and pitchability, but lacks the raw stuff to project in an MLB rotation. Robowski could have LOOGY potential with a fringe-average fastball and solid slider.

Posted by: Mark, 01/24/11


Designated Armando Galarraga (RHP) for assignment

Analysis: Shortly after avoiding arbitration by signing him to a one-year deal for $2.3 million, the Tigers designated Galarraga for assignment, effectively ending his run with the Tigers. They will be responsible for paying him for one-sixth of his current salary, but as it is a non-guaranteed contract, they won't be on the hook for the rest. The organization now has ten days to either trade, release or assign him to a minor league team. Stay tuned to TigsTown for the latest.

UPDATE: According to general manager Dave Dombrowski, the team will attempt to trade Galarraga to a team in need of someone for their rotation. The move was purely a baseball decision, and the need to sign Galarraga first before designating him was procedural.

Posted by: Wez, 01/18/11


Signed Mariano Gomez (LHP)

Signed William Bergolla (2B)

Signed Victor Moreno (RHP)

Signed Josh Rainwater (RHP)

Signed Timo Perez (OF)

Released Raul Leiva (1B/C)

Signed Joel Zumaya (RHP) to a one-year contract.

Analysis: A lot of depth signings by the Tigers, particularly to get them through the early weeks of spring training. With Brandon Douglas, Will Rhymes, Scott Sizemore, and Danny Worth all in big league camp, the Tigers need somebody to eat ABs and innings at second base in the upper level minor league games, and Bergolla can do just that. Timo Perez will help with outfield and DH at-bats in minor league camp while Andy Dirks, Clete Thomas, Casper Wells, Ben Guez, and Brennan Boesch play across the parking lot. Depending how the rosters shake out in the spring, he could land himself a job as a classic professional hitter in Toledo. Rainwater returns to the club, and he'll have as good a shot as anyone to find a bullpen role in Erie or Toledo, and the same applies to Mariano Gomez and Victor Moreno. Gomez is the most intriguing of the trio as a lefty with solid stuff and experience.

Posted by: Mark, 01/14/11


Signed Ryan Raburn (OF) to a two-year contract

Analysis: Raburn's contract status wasn't really in doubt, but the Tigers went the extra mile to ink him for both the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The deal does avoid a one-year arbitration deal, and demonstrates a bit more of a commitment to him as their left fielder for the next couple of years.

Posted by: Mark, 01/12/11


Signed Brad Penny (RHP)

Analysis: The Tigers finally made a move that many fans were asking for, inking another starter to help provide some depth at the back of the rotation. Penny's deal is a one-year contract with a base salary of $3 million, and up to $3 million more in incentives. Given his contract, it is likely Penny will be in the rotation on Opening Day, and likely at the expense of Armando Galarraga's spot in the rotation.

Posted by: Mark, 01/11/11

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