Detroit Tigers Links: Alex Wilson bullpen shot, Skip is 70, Danny Worth departs


One of the lesser names bandied around about who came and who went in Thursday’s Detroit Tigers trades was Alex Wilson, received in the Rick Porcello for Yoenis Cespedes et al trade.

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Alex Wilson might have been a throw-in to make the deal happen (the Tigers likely would not have made the deal if the only return was Cespedes and other throw-in Gabe Speier) but he does bring value and hope of an ability to help the bullpen right off the bat.

Next we look at ex-manager Jim Leyland who has been officially an ex-manager for a year now. Old Skip celebrated his 70th birthday recently and we wish him a hearty Happy Birthday and heartfelt thanks for reading Motor City Bengals! (Worth a shot)

Finally, we bid adieu to Danny Worth. He did not get much time to establish himself in Detroit and never could make the most of his very limited playing time. I was never a fan, perhaps a better way of thinking was I was not a believer in Worth, but I always felt bad for his constant shuttling between Toledo and Detroit.

He’s not getting a major league contract, but he does get to start fresh with a new organization as he signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

Alex Wilson gets shot at a spot in Tigers’ bullpen – Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press

"Wilson, 28, has had a mixed bag of success split over two seasons in the big leagues.Last season, he posted a 1.91 ERA in 18 appearances. In 2013, he posted a 4.88 ERA in 26 appearances. He has struck out 41 batters in 56 total innings of major league experience.According to Brooks Baseball, Wilson features a mid-90 m.p.h. fastball and cutter while mixing in a sinker, slider and change-up."

Happy birthday Jim Leyland! – Rob Rogacki, Bless You Boys

Infielder Danny Worth signs minor-league deal with Arizona Diamondbacks – Chris Iott, MLive

"Worth hit .230 with a .588 OPS in 271 at-bats during five partial seasons with the Tigers. He has been in the organization since the Tigers selected him in the second round of the 2007 draft.Worth hit .255 and .270 in part-time duty in 2010 and 2011, his first two seasons in the majors. But he didn’t get many extended opportunities — and didn’t hit well when he did — during the past three seasons."