Tigers purchase Collins contract, finalize 25-man roster
The Tigers’ 25-man roster is now set. And Tyler Collins can finally celebrate making the team.
After a couple days in which the Tigers had 25 active players in camp but weren’t finalizing anything, a clear sign of waiting to see what roster cuts in other camps might bring, the Tigers set their roster Saturday. Collins, who came to camp on a non-roster invite because he didn’t have enough years to require a 40-man roster spot, had his contract purchased from Double-A Erie, where he spent last season.
There had been suspense whether the Tigers would make a run at a left-handed hitting outfielder with experience. Ex-Tiger Brennan Boesch reportedly has an out clause in his contract with the Angels, while players who are out of minor-league options generally had to be claimed by this point if a team was going to pick them up in time for Opening Day.
The Tigers also made their season-opening moves to the disabled list. Jose Iglesias (stress fractures in both shins) and Bruce Rondon (Tommy John surgery) both went on the 60-day DL, while Andy Dirks was placed on the 15-day DL. The latter move doesn’t necessary mean the Tigers expect Dirks (back surgery) to be back in sooner than 60 days. They just don’t need the 40-man roster spot, so there’s no reason to use the 60-day DL for him just yet.
Officially, rosters have to be finalized by Sunday.