Tigers outright Larish to Toledo

The mystery of how the Tigers would create roster space for Jose Valverde has been solved. They outrighted the contract of corner infielder Jeff Larish to Triple-A Toledo.

It’s a surprising move when you consider how valued he was last winter, to the point that the Tigers wouldn’t deal him to Seattle in any trade talks for J.J. Putz. He was set up to be a valuable left-handed bat and role player last year, and he made the Opening Day roster, but he batted .216 in 32 games before going to Toledo in early June. He hit .265 with a .397 on-base percentage, six home runs and 26 RBIs in 61 games there, but struggled down the stretch before undergoing surgery on his right wrist.

Larish will still be in Major League camp as a non-roster invitee, so he’ll still have a chance to crack the roster.

The Tigers now have more pitchers (21) on their 40-man roster than position players.

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There are positive and nearly glowing reports on Galarraga’s pitching in the winter league. He could fill out the rotation if he returned to his 2008 form. That would be five RHers and I’m not sure the club would do that. While I believe you use your best five starters regardless of which side they throw from, I don’t know that this doesn’t break one of those unwritten rules of management. Also, while Bonderman is considered a lock for a rotation spot, he still needs to prove there are no lingering after effects from his surgery, either physical or mental. It will be interesting to see.
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If the pitching is as good as it could potentially be, you go a long way in easing the burden on rookies in the lineup. If managed properly.
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–Rich

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