Tigers name (most of) minor league staffs

The Tigers still haven’t filled their managerial vacancy at Double-A Erie, but the rest of their minor league staffs are pretty much set. We found out last week about Phil Nevin joining Leon Durham and A.J. Sager at Triple-A Toledo. Jerry Martin will take over as Erie hitting coach, a spot that Andrew Graham filled for much of last season. The staff at Class A Lakeland will remain intact with manager Andy Barkett, pitching coach Joe Coleman and hitting coach Larry Herndon. 
Coaches Ben Ogilvie and Mark Johnson will join new manager Ernie Young at West Michigan, and Graham will get his first managerial post at short-season Class A Connecticut. Former Tiger Mike Rabelo gets a shot as a hitting coach with the Gulf Coast League Tigers. 
The roving instructional roster is also set. Former Whitecaps manager Joe DePastino takes over as the Tigers’ minor league catching coordinator, while Kevin Bradshaw has been promoted to field coordinator once Mike Rojas became player development director. Hitting coordinator Toby Harrah, pitching coordinator Jon Matlack and outfield coordinator Gene Roof are all back. Dave Owen joins the ranks as the new infield coordinator. 
The moves pretty much ensure that the new SeaWolves manager will come from outside the organization. Club officials have declined to discuss names. 


Any thoughts on Joaquin Benoit?
I saw him pitch in person a few times this year in Tampa and he was electric and dominant. Why this was the case a year after missing the entire season with injury and after never having been anything special before that, I dunno. If he pitches somewhere between 2010 and his last healthy season before that of 2007, I think we have seriously upgraded our bullpen. And interesting thinking that he could close if Valverde is hurt worse than we think, ineffective or they decide not to pick up his option after this coming season…

We needed a reliable setup man to give Perry time to grow. Have to wonder though with Benoit’s 9 from 24 saves (1 from 4 in 2010) if he can make the huge step up to closer.
DD’s spending big on Benoit will still need to accomodate:
1. #3 – $12m;
2. #5 – $15m;
3. SP #3 – $11m;
4. Relief catcher – $3m;
5. 2 more low cost relievers – $3m.
Total Payroll $125m.

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