Rincon declines Tigers assignment

Juan Rincon’s agent, Ed Setlik, said Friday that his agent will decline the Tigers’ assignment to Triple-A Toledo and become a free agent should he pass through waivers unclaimed. The Tigers designated Rincon for assignment Tuesday to make room for Dontrelle Willis on the roster. Teams had until Friday to claim him.

The 30-year-old right-handed reliever gave up six runs on 12 hits over 10 1/3 innings this season after making the team as a non-roster invitee.

No word yet on which teams might have interest. Setlik said they probably won’t start talking with other clubs until Monday.


Question: doesn’t the originating club (Detroit) hold the right to withdraw the player if claimed? Rincon could replace Robertson on the roster?

In this case, no. Once you’re designated for assignment, it can’t be taken back. He’d have to either accept the minor league assignment and have his contract purchased, or become a free agent and be re-signed.

This is no big loss, in my opinion. Not only will I always consider him a Twin (he played there from 2001 to 2007), and not only was he once suspended for steroids (in 2005), but he also kinda sucked for the Tigers, big time. Meanwhile, isn’t it time to try Freddie Dolsi again? He can’t be worse than Lyon.

I hope Rincon isn’t picked up by another AL Central team. His figures are actually quite good if you excluded the opening season three starts under the Toronto dome where he gave up 6 of the 12 hits and 4 of the 6 runs.
JL then used him roughly once per week with him throwing 7IP, 7 hits and 2 runs for a 2.57ERA after Toronto, against the Chisox (3IP 2 hits, 0 runs), Angels, NY & Twins.
Unfortunately Seay is getting into his prior season habits of being unreliable in close game late innings (0 saves from 2 attempts; career 1 save from 7 attempts). He should not be used for save situations other than the one out scenario.
I understand the need to give Perry long innings workouts, however he, together with Rodney and Zoom are the only guys up to doing close game late innings work. Perry has already finished 4 games this year and should be looked to being used to do 2 late innings work rather than the Miner middle innings eater role.
You can take some positive thoughts away from the Twin series debacle. Our starters gave us only two OK starts (unusual) and one excellent, we are still not hitting consistently and were poorly managed in manufacturing runs and pressuring their defense. Despite this, we still had two games to be lost. If JL had managed the use of Rodney, Perry and Zoom for late innings work and used them more than the one game they each played, particularly as they were all rested coming into the series, we would have been more likely to have walked away with 2 wins.

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