Trans Blog: Lobstein, Zeid, Wilson Sent Out

The Tigers trimmed four more players from the group in big league camp, sending four pitchers to minor league camp - three options and one reassignment.

March 24 3:00 PM
  • THINNING THE STAFF

Optioned Kyle Lobstein (LHP), Alex Wilson (RHP) and Josh Zeid (RHP) to Toledo

Assigned Alberto Cabrera (RHP) to minor league camp

Analysis:

More cuts from big league camp happened on Tuesday, as the Tigers sent out four pitchers, to bring the total number of players still in camp down to 39.

Neither Cabrera nor Lobstein were considered serious threats to make the team out of spring training, that despite Lobstein’s success down the stretch last summer, giving the Tigers six strong starts at a time when they were in desperate need for anyone to start a game and give them a chance to win a game. While Lobstein wasn’t in serious competition for a rotation spot with the five guys set prior to spring training beginning, he’s likely to be on the very short list should a need arise for a starter.

Wilson and Zeid were both added this off-season with the hope of being able to compete for a bullpen spot, however, with the return of Bruce Rondon and the resigning of Joba Chamberlain, right-handed relief roles were not plentiful. To add to it, both relievers struggled in their spring training appearances, with both posting an ERA over seven and walking more than they struck out. They will nevertheless be at the top of the list for when a bullpen need arises.


March 22 4:00 PM
  • SPRING SIGNINGS

Optioned Steven Moya (OF) to Toledo


March 20 10:00 AM
  • FIRST MLB CAMP CUTS

Assigned Omar Duran (LHP), Miguel Gonzalez (C ), Austin Green (C ), Joe Mantiply (LHP), Tim Melville (RHP) and Luke Putkonen (RHP), to minor league camp

Optioned Daniel Fields (OF), Dixon Machado (SS), Jose Valdez (RHP) and Drew VerHagen (RHP) to Triple-A Toledo

Optioned Wynton Bernard (OF) to Double-A Erie

Analysis:

The first round of cuts from big league camp are in, and there are no surprises yet, as is to be expected. Guys like VerHagen or Fields might have had a very outside shot at competing for a roster spot, but probably would have needed an injury or something along those lines to make it happen. The rest of the guys were destined for the minor leagues anyway, and just were getting the opportunity in big league camp.

Major League camp still has 44 players in it, so there will still be a number of additional cuts to get down to the final 25-man roster between now and when camp breaks just before Opening Day. Those decisions will likely involve quite a bit more competition and debate for the final roster spots.

As TigsTown has mentioned, there are only roughly five roster spots open at this point in time, with the other 20 spoken for. That means there are more or less 24 guys left in big league camp competing for one of five spots to start the year in Detroit.


March 18 12:00 PM
  • SPRING SIGNINGS

Signed Jiwan Jones (OF) to minor league deal

Signed Ryan Perry (RHP) to minor league deal

Signed Lance Durham (1B/DH) to minor league deal

Jamie Johnson (OF) retired



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