Jeff Larish to be Designated for Assignment

Just moments after the Tigers latest loss– a 4-2 decision in Tampa, completing a four game sweep for the Rays– the team announced via their twitter account that first baseman Jeff Larish will be DFA’s tomorrow in order to make room on the 40-man (and active) roster for Outfielder Jeff Frazier, who will have his contract purchased from AAA Toledo.

Larish was DFA’d by the Tigers once before, this past offseason, and cleared waivers at that time. If he does so again, he will be returned to the MudHens, from which he came just days ago.

Larish has raw pwer, but hasn’t been productive when given major league opportunities for the Tigers in the past. He was brought back to Detroit on Sunday, theoretically thanks to his ability to play third base, but with the addition of Jhonny Peralta, Larish is no longer necessary.

Frazier will likely get a chance to play right away, as the Tigers would like to give the struggling Brennan Boesch some time off before the pressure of his extended slump grows to be too much for the psyche of the rookie.

Frazier, a former third round draft pick of the Tigers, has seen extensive time at first base for Toledo this season, but is an outfielder by trade. He has clubbed 23 home runs for Toledo this year. His previous career high was 13, which he accomplished for Lakeland in 2006.

At 27, Frazier isn’t much of a prospect and until this season had given no indication he ever would become one. His breakout campaign, along with a rash of Tigers injuries, has given him an opportunity and the Tigers are likely hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, the same way they did with Boesch early in the year. There isn’t much hitting these days in the Tigers lineup, so I’ll bet that Frazier will get more than a handful of at bats to try to provide a much-needed spark to the Tigers order.

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  • Zac Snyder

    On the surface it seems like a sideways move but, as you correctly pointed out, Frazier isn’t a “prospect” anymore and this will give the Tigers an opportunity to evaluate which players should be protected from the Rule 5 draft.

  • Chris

    Great. More replacement level talent. That will certainly help to get the offense going. Who cares how he’s been hitting in Toledo, he’s 27! Do I need to remind anyone how Don Kelly and Ryan Raburn tore up AAA pitching when last they were down there? His numbers in the minors are worse than Wilkin Ramirez, and we just cut him! I understand that Dombrowski doesn’t have any good options, I can’t stand this twitchiness and constant shuffling when it comes to AAAA filler.

  • Bob

    It’s about time that Jeff finds another home. He doesn’t have a future in Detroit. He may not have one anywhere, but he certainly doesn’t have one with the Tigers.

  • John Parent

    no question, Bob. If it wasn’t clear before, being DFA’d twice by the same team should send a message that Larish just doesn’t fit into the Tigers plans. He’s merely organizational depth at this point.

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