Released Scot Drucker (RHP)
Released John Bale (LHP)
Released Matt Mansilla (OF)
Released Chris White (OF)
Released Brandon Tripp (OF)
Released Pat McKenna (2B)
Released Wilfredo Ramirez (LHP)
Released Kyle Bloom (LHP)
Released Yadiel Polanco (RHP)
Released Ariel Medina (RHP)
Andy Bouchie (C) retired
Analysis: All of the released players have been sitting on the bubble since the start of camp. Drucker's late signing had some believing he had a line on a bullpen spot, btu the upper level pitching staffs are very crowded this year. This round of cuts starts to bring the minor league rosters into focus.
Posted by Mark, 03/25/11
Re-assigned Max St. Pierre (C) and Fu-Te Ni (LHP) to minor league camp
Analysis: Color just about everyone shocked on a couple of these moves, given as recently as a week ago Sizemore seemed to be the runaway favorite to win the second base job, meanwhile Robbie Weinhardt seemed a lock for a bullpen spot, given his sub-three ERA over nine games. St. Pierre was only a matter of time, while both Thomas and Ni appeared to be on the outside looking in for roster spots. But the moves of both Sizemore and Weinhardt seem to be questionable at best, and scream of yet another questionable Jim Leyland roster move.
Posted by: Wez, 03/22/11
Released Josh Rainwater (RHP)
Released Miguel Mejia (RHP)
Released Jon Kibler (LHP)
Released Kody Kaiser (OF)
Released Alden Carrithers (OF)
Released Alexis Nunez
Released Max Leon (UT)
Kyle Peter (OF) Retired
Analysis: Nothing too shocking in the first significant cut of the spring. Kody Kaiser may raise some eyebrows, but he had little room for advancement in the system, and this way he is afforded an opportunity to catch on elsewhere. Kyle Peter always had the blazing speed and batting eye, but never had any other significant tools. It's been a long fall for Kibler after a dominating stretch with West Michigan a couple of years ago, to being released today. He's now another cautionary tale in expecting too much from college pitchers that dominate in the Midwest League.
Posted by: Mark, 03/21/11
Optioned Charlie Furbush (LHP) and Al Albuquerque (RHP) to Toledo
Analysis: The two infielders are no surprise as both were in camp for depth and insurance purposes. Furbush and Albuquerque were both thought to be competing for a job in the bullpen, however Albuquerque struggled with his control while Furbush is still viewed as a starting candidate and will get that opportunity in the minors.
Posted by: Wez, 03/19/11
Re-assigned Brendan Wise (RHP) to minor league camp
Analysis: Wise was a long shot for the Opening Day roster, so it is no surprise he's headed to minor league camp at this point. He's a sinker-slider guy that can induce ground balls and should have a 6th/7th inning profile. He could see Detroit this year if an opening arises.
Posted by: Mark, 03/16/11
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
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