Santos called up to replace Raburn on roster
The mystery move to take Ryan Raburn’s spot on the Tigers’ 25-man roster is going to Omir Santos, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Toledo. He’ll be the third catcher on the Tigers roster for the time being, at least until Austin Jackson comes back from the disabled list.
It seems like an odd return move to wait until the next day to do. The only complication in the move is that Santos had to be added to the 40-man roster. It’s also a move that doesn’t follow any sort of catching injury to either Alex Avila or Gerald Laird.
Was this a Plan B move after something else didn’t work out? Possible, but remember, when the Tigers designated Brandon Inge last summer, they waited until their trade for Wilson Betemit was finalized and then announced both parts of the move at the same time.
Was this a reaction to Austin Jackson not being ready by Friday? Jim Leyland said Monday’s game was a last-ditch effort to get Raburn going. If the Tigers weren’t going to do anything until Jackson was eligible to come off the DL on Friday, why make a last-ditch move on Monday?
Was this more about getting Raburn to Toledo than getting anybody to Detroit? Very possible.
Was this a move that was more about getting Raburn to Toledo than getting anybody to Detroit?