The Detroit Tigers made a flurry of roster moves and adjustments on Friday and the corresponding links outline those moves.
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Among the highlights, the team claimed Josh Zeid off waivers from the Houston Astros. He brings in a 5.21 ERA and 1.552 WHIP from scattered appearances over two seasons in Houston. This means he’ll fit in perfectly with the Tigers’ bullpen.
Brad Ausmus managed him for Team Israel in the 2013 World Baseball Classic so he apparently thinks he has something.
To make room for him the Tigers designated Ezequiel Carrera for assignment, but don’t expect him to come back to the organization next year. Outside of a solid season in Toledo and a sensational catch in his first game as a Tiger, he contributed nothing at the big league level.
The team also protected a pair of youngsters in the Rule 5 draft by adding them to the 40-man roster. This is a big thing because of any free agents are signed, someone has to be DFA’d. One many not protected is Joel Hanrahan, but the Tigers don’t seem to feel they will lose him.
"According to fangraphs.com, Zeid has thrown about 60 percent fastballs while in the majors with an average velocity of 94.3 mph. He also throws a good dose of sliders with a changeup mixed in.“He has a good arm,” Ausmus said. “When he throws his slider right, it can be a swing-and-miss pitch.”"
"But baseball rules and the way Hanrahan’s contract is constructed would make it a risk for any team that chose him.The Tigers signed Hanrahan, who continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery he had in May 2013, to a minor-league deal. If he makes the major-league roster, he will get a salary of $1 million for 2015 with bonus incentives that could make the contract worth as much as $3.5 million."
Tigers protect Angel Nesbitt, Dixon Machado from Rule 5 – George Sipple, Detroit Free Press
"The Detroit Tigers finalized their 40-man roster by today’s deadline by purchasing the contracts of right-handed pitcher Angel Nesbitt and infielder Dixon Machado from Double-A Erie."