Red Sox DFA Villarreal to sign Grady Sizemore

The Tigers weren’t seriously involved on Grady Sizemore, who was looking for a Major League contract. Sizemore got it from the Red Sox, who designated former Tigers reliever Brayan Villarreal for assignment to make room.

Villarreal, of course, was a secondary piece of the three-team trade that brought Jose Iglesias to Detroit and sent Avisail Garcia to the White Sox. His Red Sox tenure in 2013 consisted of one batter, an ill-advised appearance August 20 in which he entered with a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning of a tie game and walked the only batter he faced.

Villarreal is out of minor-league options, so this might have been his fate eventually anyway. That said, he’s 26 years old with a healthy arm, a strong fastball and at least some track record of success in the big leagues from his midsummer stretch with the Tigers in 2012.

Does that mean he could end up back in Detroit? Well, most of the teams in the American League will have its chance to make a waiver claim on him before Detroit’s spot comes up, based on last year’s standings. Moreover, Villarreal would still be out of options, meaning the Tigers would have to try to get him through waivers to put him back at Triple-A Toledo unless he made the team out of Spring Training.

Villarreal made the Tigers’ Opening Day roster last year, but pitched in just seven games in April before being sent to Triple-A Toledo. He walked eight of the 28 batters he faced, gave up eight hits and struck out six.

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besides, this pen needs a whole lot more than Brayan.

Always waiting for him to take that next step in development, but it just never happened. I always liked him as a player, though, and remember watching him with West Michigan back in the day. I hope he finds a home, and wouldn’t mind seeing him back in the Tigers’s system.

Brayan (wild pitches are not force outs) Villarrael. If the Tiger take him back in any incarnation it would be too hard too imagine what a desperate place they would be in.

In case anyone tries to tell you Jackson needs to lead off:
1) Kinsler’s number are better for the role.
Ian Kinsler career XBT%: 55%, OBP: .349, SB% 80% (172 bags total)
Austin Jackson career XBT%: 45%, OBP: .344, SB% 74% (69 bags total)
2) Jackson seems to have trouble with pressure (e.g. leadoff), so batting him 1 or behind Miggy (or even behind VMart) would probably be a bad idea – in this regard.
3) Jackson seems like he can improve in the power department, if not asked to be a “contact” guy (i.e. leadoff).
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Besides Davis, Hunter and even Dirks also make sense for the 2-hole. I’d bat Hunter behind VMart (at least against LHP), with AJ behind Hunter.

If DD isn’t going to sign another legit arm for the pen, he could at least sign someone with high upside / low risk like Joe Rauch. Dudes only 35 – and could regain his form (maybe playing in miami was mentally bad for him)…..

[Scherzer optimistic on contract situation, hopes they can get something done by spring training. Will not do contract talks in season.] – well of course Max wants to get something done right now. That’s like a college FB player wanting to leave after a great year. But Max needs to show he can do it another year if he wants the money Boras will demand. And even then, spending all the teams money on a few select players (JV, MS, MG, etc.) is bad strategy.

would Bryan LaHair provide the left handed pop some desire? give him a minor league deal maybe?

Would absolutely love to see a Scherzer in Detroit for a few more years. Hope they can sign him, but I won’t hold my breath.

Welcome to the Cereal City, Tigers!!!!!

but at the expense of what? not signing Cabby? No being able to put other big bats in the lineup around Miggy? not me.

Both!!!! I’d be very concerned about this franchise if they can’t do “at least” one of them. I’d prefer both.

fair enough. I’d rather Cabby and find another pitcher

Maybe Jackson second? Or even 9th with Iglesias, like LaRussa did sometime with his pitchers, 8th ( he hits like a pitcher)

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