Tigers Acquire Ginter, Finalize Roster

On Saturday, the Tigers completed their 25-man roster when they sent Steve Colyer to the New York Mets in exchange for righty Matt Ginter. Ginter will now assume the long reliever role, completing the six-man bullpen.

The day after Steve Colyer cleared waivers, he expected to be sent to Toledo to once again try and climb his way back to the big leagues. Instead, Colyer was traded to the New York Mets, and now instead of Toledo, he'll be reporting to the Mets' AAA affiliate in Norfolk.

The trade ends Colyer's one year run with the Tigers, who acquired him much like they just dealt him, right before the start of the season. The organization liked his velocity, but grew tired of his control problems, problems that now are those of the Mets.

Ginter meanwhile becomes the final man of the 25-man roster, completing a bullpen that the Tigers and manager Alan Trammell were struggling to complete. The Tigers gave chances to Colyer, as well as Gary Knotts, Doug Creek, and Craig Dingman, but none were able to emerge.

Ginter, at 27 years old, was part of a numbers squeeze with the Mets. After starting 14 games for the Mets last year, he was pushed out of the rotation with the Mets offseason addition of Pedro Martinez. For the year, Ginter went 1-3 with a 4.54 ERA. Mets' Inside Pitch Magazine Managing Editor Bryan Hoch was a fan of Ginter's. "He's a solid pitcher", Hoch said, "He'll compete in games for you and battle with big league hitters."

Ginter, who first made a big league appearance with the Chicago White Sox in 2000 at just 22 years old, had been used exclusively as a reliever up until last season, when the Mets moved him into the rotation.

The Tigers are now set to begin the season, as the Opening Day roster is complete.


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