Peralta here, Frazier up, Larish and Sizemore down

By now you already know Jhonny Peralta was in uniform soon after first pitch at Tropicana Field, and Scott Sizemore was optioned to Triple-A Toledo to make room. After the game came word that the Tigers swapped bench bats, designating Jeff Larish for assignment and purchasing the contract of Jeff Frazier from the Mud Hens.

Frazier is batting .273 in Toledo with 32 doubles, 23 home runs and 68 RBIs in 104 games. Eight of those home runs have come in July, including a two-homer game Wednesday against Pawtucket. It’s a good story for Frazier, a former Tigers draft pick who left and came back via trade a few years ago and was hoping his numbers to get him a call-up this season, as John Wagner chronicled in The Blade this morning.

The big plus for Frazier that helped get him the call is the fact that he’s a right-handed power bat. With Damon and Boesch and Kelly, the Tigers had enough left-handed bats available in the outfield, but kind of a shortage from the right side now that Raburn is pretty much playing close to every day. Detroit will face left-hander Jon Lester Friday night and then is on track to fellow lefties John Danks and Mark Buehrle next week.

Larish was out of minor league options actually has an option left, so they had didn’t have to designate him. If he passes through waivers, the Tigers will be able to outright him to Toledo.

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Looks like the Tigers are going to have to make do with this lineup. We’ll be better when Carlos gets in the lineup.

Given a choice between Larish and Peralta, I choose neither. This team needs a real bat behind Cabrera and even Leyland knows it. We have 3 very good, if not yet excellent, starters and a bullpen that is, while not outstanding, at least not a negative. The problem is scoring runs. Even though I must say, I’ve rarely seen a player of Cabrera’s caliber have such a damaging effect on his team’s chances as Miguel did today. Struck out three times and gave them 3 of their 4 runs on what should have been scored errors. I’m going to assume that was a huge anomaly today.
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I do have one question that I’ll put out there for whoever wants to tackle it. If you’re not willing to trade any of these highly touted prospects (Turner, Oliver, etc), how on earth do you get any good position players over here? Are we coming back next with Inge, Ordonez, Guillen et al yet again? Really?
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We have 14 games left with Chicago.
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–Rich

About Jeff Larish- Eddie Bajek lists Larish as having one option left. He’s usually right on with this stuff. Has he been optioned in three separate seasons?

Rotoworld reports that he’s been optioned, not DFA’ed. Since Frazier isn’t on the 40 man roster, someone has to be taken off.
I assume they’re wrong- wouldn’t be the first time.

I’m a bit frustrated that Larish really didn’t get a chance yet again. Here’s a player who has hit, and hit for power at every level, and he supplements his avg with 100 points in the OBP department. He has taken time to adjust at every level, but he gets there. I’d rather have him than Peralta.

Fabulous comments from the in-house game crew. I was going to say priceless but…
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So swept in four games, yet outhit only 29-27.
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Miggs clearly was not there today – surely JL walks amongst his players in the house and gets player vibes before deciding on the lineup. I guess not as he normally tells the press a day ahead when guys are getting a game off.
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Now all we need is another Lynn article about not blaming the manager.

Peralta had to be a knee-jerk reaction by DD to the no hitter game. He basically panicked that the youngsters needed some experienced players around them, a seed no doubt planted in his head by Shapiro who acted quickly and got a good prospect. The year of moving starting lefties.
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The Rays series showed up all of the team’s deficiencies and DD has to now only think of 2011. The Tigs have ended up having a lineup of DH’s and players continually in, out and around their preferred positions.
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It will unfortunately have to get a lot worse before DD and Mr I tells JL to move on. A three way struggle for last now has some possibility with JL’s August and September record awaiting.

My guess is that they’re going to move Sizemore over to third. Maybe Scott is better at third. His bat, if he can translate his numbers to the majors, would play well at third base. His problems in the field may be more easily overcome there as well. He thunk himself into a funk. His goofs were the panic type. Maybe the plan is to keep Guillen at 2B, with Rhymes, Worth, and Santiago at the ready.
That would make Larish a first baseman again, going nowhere. If he clears waivers yet again, he clearly has no value. I’d like to get the scoop on what they think about him. I don’t think he’s been given a real chance. And I think he is NOT out of options.

The Larish situation was a total cluster f….-well you know what I mean. from the absurd expectation that he could do anything instantaneously to the fact that he never played 3rd where he was ostensibly being groomed to the fact they were out of option on him and mismanaged the administration of that too.
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He’s a nice quiet kid that they didn’t know how to cultivate into a major leaguer. Give him an ooportunity to ply his trade fro someone else. he will make someone a decent platooon style 1st baseman. He has been treated badly IMO.
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strieby is the guy they could have called up. Wells has tools but then again Frazier does too.
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I hope that the Jim Leyland is near an end. An enormous amount of frustration with his “style”-very little results. Obnoxious, belligerent, stubborn, cranky. He belongs in a movie ABOUT baseball not IN baseball.
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Fingers crossed for some kind of positive creative, problem solving trade.
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BTW–I don’t think Sizemore has the arm for a MLB 3B

I just can’t take it any more.

Boesch has become a huge distraction for this team and the fans. He’s probably never in his life experienced failure, imo. I wish to hell they’d get him out of there for awhile. It’s not like we don’t have OF’s to replace him.

Maybe Jimbo is so concerned about his own son’s batting average, he’s giving everyone else a break. OMG, I can’t take it anymore.

This week has been a disaster. This team is not talented enough yet to go all the way. So why are we screwing up the roster and making desperate trades? Am I the only one that sees this? Larish called up for 5 games? Why? Either let him play or bring someone up on the 40 man roster in the begining (Wells, Ramerez). Or call up Frazier and cut Buckner. And Perhalta is not an answer… to any question. Why are we completely screwing with Sizemore? And Wilkin Ramerez too.
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Cabrera had a tough series. He is pressing. And Tampa has some great arms over there. Tampa is a horrible matchup for us, even healthy.
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I thought Porcello pitched great. Raburn is swinging the bat better and Rhymes looks like a scrapper (which works with a team with lots of power, which we are not).
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Why Worth at 3B? He looked completely lost on that popup. He is a shortstop, a good one I think. SO let him take some lumps and play him there. Ramon could have played 3B.
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Time to start drinking.

This week has been a disaster. This team is not talented enough yet to go all the way. So why are we screwing up the roster and making desperate trades? Am I the only one that sees this? Larish called up for 5 games? Why? Either let him play or bring someone up on the 40 man roster in the begining (Wells, Ramerez). Or call up Frazier and cut Buckner. And Perhalta is not an answer… to any question. Why are we completely screwing with Sizemore? And Wilkin Ramerez too.
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Cabrera had a tough series. He is pressing. And Tampa has some great arms over there. Tampa is a horrible matchup for us, even healthy.
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I thought Porcello pitched great. Raburn is swinging the bat better and Rhymes looks like a scrapper (which works with a team with lots of power, which we are not).
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Why Worth at 3B? He looked completely lost on that popup. He is a shortstop, a good one I think. SO let him take some lumps and play him there. Ramon could have played 3B.
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Time to start drinking.

This week has been a disaster. This team is not talented enough yet to go all the way. So why are we screwing up the roster and making desperate trades? Am I the only one that sees this? Larish called up for 5 games? Why? Either let him play or bring someone up on the 40 man roster in the begining (Wells, Ramerez). Or call up Frazier and cut Buckner. And Perhalta is not an answer… to any question. Why are we completely screwing with Sizemore? And Wilkin Ramerez too.
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Cabrera had a tough series. He is pressing. And Tampa has some great arms over there. Tampa is a horrible matchup for us, even healthy.
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I thought Porcello pitched great. Raburn is swinging the bat better and Rhymes looks like a scrapper (which works with a team with lots of power, which we are not).
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Why Worth at 3B? He looked completely lost on that popup. He is a shortstop, a good one I think. SO let him take some lumps and play him there. Ramon could have played 3B.
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Time to start drinking.

This week has been a disaster. This team is not talented enough yet to go all the way. So why are we screwing up the roster and making desperate trades? Am I the only one that sees this? Larish called up for 5 games? Why? Either let him play or bring someone up on the 40 man roster in the begining (Wells, Ramerez). Or call up Frazier and cut Buckner. And Perhalta is not an answer… to any question. Why are we completely screwing with Sizemore? And Wilkin Ramerez too.
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Cabrera had a tough series. He is pressing. And Tampa has some great arms over there. Tampa is a horrible matchup for us, even healthy.
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I thought Porcello pitched great. Raburn is swinging the bat better and Rhymes looks like a scrapper (which works with a team with lots of power, which we are not).
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Why Worth at 3B? He looked completely lost on that popup. He is a shortstop, a good one I think. SO let him take some lumps and play him there. Ramon could have played 3B.
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Time to start drinking.

Something is wrong with this blog. I hit submit once. Sorry fellow Tigers fans.

Concerning that popup…….both Worth and Santiago had a chance to catch it. You didn’t see Ramon shouting that he had it or anything else. We all know the SS is the infield commander and the others defer to them. I think maybe that was the case on that play. Sounds like I’m defending Danny Boy, I guess. Maybe I am, but Santiago never said a word.

Brandon’s contract expires this year. One more year of Carlos. They can’t trade him with all the injuries he has and his contract. Magglio has Boras for his agent so we may not be able to sign him. I would love Magglio to remain a Tiger. There are only a couple of big hitters out there and we all know who they are. Dombrowski said he’s not going to give up the youngsters for a rental. So, there you have it, if you go by what they say.

I’m desperate. I’d go after a big bat.

Or, at this rate, we’re gonna end up in last place.

Random thoughts, in no particular order and of no particular importance:
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We’re not going to get a big bat this season and probably shouldn’t try. We were already folding like a cheap lawn chair before the injuries hit, and that won’t change under current management. Acquiring Peralta spelled it out very clearly. We’ll get Inge and Guillen back before long and once more become a competent club, if not competitive in a division sense, and that will be the story of the remainder of 2010.
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Inge will return before he’s ready and will field his position with his healing glove hand, but he won’t be able to hit a lick.
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The Tigers hitters remind me of the girl Kit in “Field of Dreams.” Can’t hit the high ones, can’t lay off ‘em. Any pitcher with a fastball can shut them down. I guess that would be all of them.
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Moving Peralta to shortstop upon Inge’s return would be plain stupid. We’ve still got Santiago and Worth, who are both better players than Jhonny.
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While the Tigers held first place for nearly all of 2009, many fans were never comfortable with the team, and other fans questioned why we were so worried about our first place club. I think we all knew how razor-close they were to doing exactly what the 2010 Tigers are doing.
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We had an edge in talent and money from Mr. Ilitch, but Dombrowski squandered it. Hate to say it, but I can’t avoid it. We have no more edge than about 25 other MLB teams at this point. We just play in a lesser division.
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Any changes to be wrought for 2011 will amount to nothing if we don’t also change manager and coaches. This staff is taking us nowhere, ever.
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Letting Polanco walk away for no return ranks right up there with the Renteria trade and the Willis contract, among others, as Dombrowski’s worst move. Polly is hitting .316 and yes, LEYLAND, he can play thirdbase. How many times was that suggested here as an alternative to a struggling Inge?
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The people who post here will continue to do so because these are some of the most diehard fans I’ve ever encountered. It’s one thing to watch 16 NFL games, and quite another to make time for and watch 162 baseball games. Anytime I begin to think I watch too much baseball, I come in here and there are all of you. :-)
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The Rays Sean Rodriguez looks like a cross between Andy Pettitte and Ryan Braun. The names Jhonny and Pettitte probably get mis-spelled a lot.
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If you’re still reading this, you must be very bored.
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–Rich

And it’s not “Field of Dreams”, it’s “A League of their Own.” Rich is charged with an error on that one, unless it’s the official scorer at the Trop.
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–Rich

Pup – absolutely right that the SS has the right-of-way (if you will) on that pop up, if the LF is not there.
What is the difference between last place and losing game 163? Don’t give up youth this year, not worth it. Let Boesch get thru his slump. Let Worth play everyday at SS. Let Rhymes play. For once and all see what Raburn can do. Trade Damon, if KC can get a hitting catcher for Posednick, someone will give up a prospect for Johnny Damon. He will be of great value to a team in the race, which we are not. We are a 500 team.

I think they will go after Maggs. I read a sportwriter suggest offering him 2 years, 20M. Sounds good. He can still hit. I will always have a soft spot for Magglio, so I hope he does come back.

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