Former Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Haase lands in a new home

Eric Haase claimed by Guardians after being DFa'd by Tigers.
Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Haase (13) heads to the dugout after crossing the plate.
Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Haase (13) heads to the dugout after crossing the plate. / Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Detroit Tigers catcher Eric Haase lands in a new home.

The Detroit Tigers opted to make some moves and switch things up regarding their catching situation. They opted to designate Eric Haase for assignment, shifting things around in their "catcher room" for the time being.

The corresponding move was for the Detroit Tigers to go out and sign Carson Kelly to a big-league contract with a club option to keep him around for the 2024 season if the Tigers choose to do so. But Haase was the casualty of that move, and it got plenty of attention.

When the Tigers announced that they were opting to DFA Haase, it was much to the chagrin of the fanbase, creating some uproar. Folks were a bit upset that the team opted to move on from Haase after he had spent the last four seasons with the Tigers organization being one of the team's primary backstops.

Being a local product from Divine Child only helped the hometown boy storyline for Haase. However, the Tigers backstop ended up piecing together a rough performance in 2023, and the Tigers' brass decided it was time for a change.

In 2023, before being DFA'd by the Tigers, Haase slashed a measly .201/.246/.284 with eight doubles, a triple, and four home runs. Certainly not as exciting of a performance as he has shown in prior seasons with the Tigers.

Albeit, the move came as a bit of a shock to me and other Tigers fans. When he was DFA'd by Detroit, there was immediate displeasure from the fans and some comments about Haase being picked up swiftly by another organization.

In an interesting turn of events, Haase was scooped up by the Cleveland Guardians organization, the team from which the backstop came from. He was purchased from the Guardians before the 2020 season, beginning his tenure with Detroit's organization.

The Guardians opted to bring Haase back in, where he'll join their catching room, which is a bit thin right now. Bo Naylor headlines it with Haase serving as the back up as Cam Gallagher is hurt and Sandy Leon is in the minors.

The 30-year-old catcher will join the Guardians backstop, looking to serve in a similar role that he held with the Tigers organization. He'll serve as the backup catcher in Cleveland, looking to tap into some more offense that he showed during his time in Detroit after a slower start to the 2023 campaign.

For Tigers fans, even though it's a Division rival, at least Haase landed somewhere quick and can get back on the field quickly. The Tigers faithful are just hoping that Haase gets a chance to stick in a new home.

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