On this week’s Around the Tail, the Tigers make a trade, avoid arbitration with 4 players and one ex-Tiger avoids a fist.
Welcome to another edition of “Around the Tail”, a new weekly recap of the Detroit Tigers and random news from around the MLB. Let’s start with the recent roster changes.
The Tigers made a trade on Wednesday as they trade for Cleveland Indians catcher Eric Hasse for cash considerations. With Austin Romine, Jake Rogers, and Grayson Greiner on the 40-man roster, it will be interesting which players head up to Detroit come spring. Rogers, Greiner, and Hasse all have minor league options left. Hasse possesses a strong arm and showed it off in his time with his two years in Triple-A Columbus, throwing out 46% of the runners. A great stat here courtesy of Indians Prospective. He has the 3rd most home runs by any Indians prospect in the past decade at 130. Hasse went to high school locally at Dearborn Divine Child, winning two state titles.
The Tigers came to terms with all their players eligible for arbitration on Friday.
Matthew Boyd, Buck Farmer, JaCoby Jones, and Daniel Norris all came to terms on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Speaking of which, some notable players across the league came to terms, setting some records on the way. Boston’s Mookie Betts broke the record for a one-year deal for $27 million dollars. Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers set a record for a first-year player, agreeing to a $11.5 million dollar deal.
The Mud Hens have two new players & two players hit the best of the DSL
Brandon Dixon and Dario Agrazel cleared waivers and were designated for Toledo. For Agrazel, he throws mainly a sinker, which right-handers were hitting over .300 against him and only had 41 strikeouts in 73 innings with the Pirates. The rotation in Toledo is shaping up to be a good one so we will see how he will fit down I-75. In the latest Baseball America report, the Tigers had two players on the top 20 in Dominican Summer League. (Premium subscription required to see their write-ups) Shortstop Adinso Reyes came in at number 17 and outfielder Jose De La Cruz comes in at number 18. Reyes is expected to make strides this year with plus power and an above-average hit tool. Check out his evaluation at the Tigers Minor League Report and Cruz was on the recent Bless You Boys top 30 prospect list.
Your moment of Zen
This week’s moment comes from Venezuela in which former Tigers reliever Angel Nesbitt sparked a melee of epic portions. Evan Woodbery of Mlive.com did an excellent job recapping the brawl so check out the rundown there. Here’s the video. Until then, see ya next week!