24 July 2012
No surprises here. The trade for Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez from the Miami Marlins meant that the Tigers’ active roster would sit at 26 players (only Jacob Turner was on the major league roster going the other way), so a move had to be made before tonight’s game.
Likely candidates to get shoved off the roster included Danny Worth, Ryan Raburn, and Don Kelly, but of the group, only Worth could be cleanly sent down to the minor leagues. Ryan Raburn recently earned veteran player status (five years of MLB service time), so even though this year counts as his final option year, he would have to agree to the demotion for it to be allowed. Don Kelly is out of minor league options, so he would have to be designated for assignment to be removed from the roster.
None of those moves would be bad (none of the three players are hitting well on the year), but Worth becomes the most redundant after yesterday’s trade.
The Tigers will need to make another roster move once Andy Dirks completes his rehab assignment (he’s currently playing in AAA Toledo). Either Raburn or Kelly will likely be gone then.
The club also announced that Al Alburquerque will begin his rehab assignment today in Lakeland. He could potentially be a key addition to the bullpen later in the season.
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