|October 31||3:00 PM|
- DIRKS LOST TO WAIVERS, SORIA OPTION PICKED UP
Outrighted Don Kelly (UT) to Toledo
Outrighted Evan Reed (RHP) to Toledo
Placed Andy Dirks (OF) on irrevocable waivers; claimed by Toronto Blue Jays
Placed Pat McCoy (LHP) on irrevocable waivers; claimed by Baltimore Orioles
Purchased the contract of Wynton Bernard (OF) from West Michigan and placed on Detroit’s 40-man roster
Released Manuel Joseph (OF/SS)
Many of the moves announced on Friday were of a housekeeping nature; opening up roster spots and preparing for free agency. The decision to extend qualifying offers to Scherzer and Martinez also comes as no surprise, as the Tigers hope to retain both players, and if they don’t, will receive draft pick compensation in return. The various other moves leave the 40-man roster sitting at 36 active players, before any additional Rule 5 Draft protection decisions are made.
The decision to place Dirks on waivers though is a surprise, after he entered 2014 with the expectation of being a most days starter in the outfield. Instead, he battled more injuries, a continuing hurdle for him, and likely the reason the Tigers elected to move on, as they simply couldn’t rely on him to be healthy for a 162-game season.
The second surprise move was the decision to add Bernard to the 40-man roster. Bernard would basically have qualified as a journeyman minor leaguer entering the spring, when he was signed in an open tryout. TigsTown was the first to point out how impressive he looked in spring camp, and that he’d likely be a major contributor to the Whitecaps, though no one could have predicted by would be crowned Midwest League MVP. Still, to protect a player on the 40-man indicates a belief that he could contribute to the big league club soon, and that would seem to be a stretch for a player like him.
Finally, not publicized with the rest of the moves, but the Tigers elected to release Joseph, who was named the DSL Tigers Player of the Year by the TigsTown this summer. Joseph excelled at the plate and was one of the best players in the DSL, but the Tigers made the decision to let him go due to some off the field concerns.