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Detroit Tigers Transaction Blog: William Cuevas Called Up, Joe Jimenez Optioned Down

With a need for long relief, the Tigers optioned Joe Jimenez back to Toledo just days after his big league call-up, and the same day as his big league debut. Replacing him will be long reliever William Cuevas, who the Tigers signed as a minor league free agent this past off-season.


  • Optioned Joe Jimenez (RHP) to Toledo

  • Selected William Cuevas (RHP), purchasing contract and placing on Detroit’s 25-man roster

  • Signed James Loney (1B) to minor league contract


Just days after calling up Jimenez, the Tigers elected to send him back down to Toledo, though through no fault of his own. Jimenez pitched one low-leverage inning, striking out one in his appearance on Thursday. With the bullpen having been heavily used over the last few games, the Tigers needed a long reliever heading into their series with Cleveland this week, and Cuevas can provide that.


Cuevas was signed this past off-season as a minor league free agent, and turned in six shutout innings in his lone start in Toledo. He had a brief cameo last year in Boston, his only big league experience. At 26, he doesn’t have an overpowering repertoire, with a fastball that sits around 90 MPH, as well as mixing in a changeup and a curveball, neither of which are more than average pitches. Cuevas finds success based on his command and mixing his pitches to keep hitters off-balance.



  • Selected the contract of Joe Jimenez (RHP), purchasing contract and placing on Detroit’s 25-man roster

  • Optioned Bruce Rondon (RHP) to Toledo

  • Activated Kyle Ryan (LHP) from Detroit’s paternity leave list

  • Optioned Blaine Hardy (LHP) to Toledo

  • Transferred Argenis Diaz (IF) to Erie from Toledo

  • Transferred Gustavo Nunez (IF) to extended spring training from Erie

  • Placed Sandy Baez (RHP) on Lakeland’s 7-day disabled list

  • Assigned Toller Boardman (LHP) to Lakeland from extended spring training

  • Placed Drew Longley (C ) on West Michigan’s 7-day disabled list

  • Assigned Tim Remes (C ) to West Michigan from extended spring training


With Rondon out of shape and struggling mightily in his couple most recent outings, the Tigers sent Rondon to Toledo in hopes of him once again having to right the ship and get himself into shape, performing at a similar level to where he was at during the 2016 season. In replacing him, the Tigers elected to call up highly-regarded prospect Jimenez, who manager Brad Ausmus stated was not yet big league ready, but will get a shot to show off his stuff.


For the full overview on Jimenez and both his upside and where he’s at in his development, check out his latest scouting report from TigsTown’s director of scouting Mark Anderson:




  • Placed Kyle Ryan (LHP) on paternity leave list

  • Recalled Blaine Hardy (LHP) from Toledo

  • Signed Daniel Stumpf (LHP) to a minor league contract and optioned to Toledo

  • Signed Angel Ozuna (RHP) to a minor league contract

  • Placed Jorge Marban (RHP) on Erie’s 7-day disabled list

  • Placed Montreal Robertson (RHP) on Erie’s 7-day disabled list


After his disastrous spring camp, things ended up working out for the Tigers, as no other big league club was interested in carrying Moya on their 25-man roster, and he cleared waivers and made it to Toledo. The potential remains there, but time is obviously running out for the big slugging outfielder, who missed a golden opportunity to lay claim to the right field job when Martinez got hurt earlier in spring.


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