It seemed like Eric Haase might make it through the season despite a poor performance at the plate, but it appears the Detroit Tigers have moved on after all.
The Tigers have designated the catcher/outfielder and Westland native for assignment, according to a report from Evan Petzold of The Detroit Free Press. The team has signed former Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly to a big league contract to take his place.
Haase just simply forgot how to hit this season after being one of the better hitters on the team the past two seasons. He hit .201 with four homers and a 44 wRC+. The writing had been on the wall with him for a while.
He was worth -1.1 WAR this season. The power he was able to provide had evaporated, and the defense never improved behind the plate, or in the outfield for that matter. He had reached the end of his rope.
Unfortunately, if you're hoping for more offense out of Kelly, I wouldn't get those hopes up too much. He hit .211 with a 73 wRC+ last year and had a 58 wRC+ in 92 plate appearances this season before he was let go by Arizona. He's had decent offensive seasons in the past, but he hasn't been very good each of the last two years.
His defense isn't much better either. He's never really graded out as a good defender behind the plate. He's more than likely just here to serve as a backup to Jake Rogers the rest of the season.
Eric Haase was pretty darn good in Detroit for two years. It's just unfortunate he never got it going at the dish this year. Hopefully another team takes a chance on him, because he seems like a good dude. We wish him nothing but the best.