Detroit Tigers Reportedly Sign Jim Adduci, Travis Blackley and Jake Brigham to Minors Deals
Position: Starting Pitcher
While Adduci only appeared in parts of two Major League seasons, pitcher Travis Blackley has seen significant time pitching for clubs west of the Mississippi in the last five years.
The left-hander has seen time as both a starter and a reliever, pitching for teams like the Giants, A’s, Astros and Rangers.
Perhaps his best season came in 2012 with Oakland. During that campaign, Blackley pitched 102.2 innings while making 15 starts and finishing five games. All told, he turned in a 3.86 ERA and a 3.98 FIP.
Last season, the former Mariners farmhand put up a 3.92 ERA while pitching for Pericos de Puebla in the Mexican League.
While there, the veteran made 19 starts totaling 110.1 innings.
Potential Role with the Detroit Tigers
Along with the likes of Chad Bell and Myles Jaye, Blackley will likely give the Tigers some solid rotation depth in the minors.
However, like Bell and Jaye, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the 34-year-old pitch out of the bullpen for Detroit.
The Tigers could use a swingman in the team’s bullpen, and Blackley could fill that role. In his career in both the Majors and minors, the pitcher has appeared in 136 games as a relief pitcher.
Additionally, given his starting experience, the former Ranger could also make a spot start every now and then.