Tigers claim Josh Zeid off waivers from Astros

The Tigers’ search for bullpen help led them to the waiver wire on the day teams have to set their 40-man rosters and protect prospects from the Rule 5 Draft. Detroit claimed 27-year-old right-hander Josh Zeid from the Astros, who tried to sneak him off their roster after he missed the final two months of the season for surgery on both feet.

He’s not a big-name addition by any stretch, but he’s the kind of pitcher on the rebound the Tigers have turned into bullpen depth in years past.

Zeid, acquired by Houston three years ago in the Hunter Pence trade, had a nice rookie season in 2013 before struggling through this year. Working mostly middle relief, he gave up 16 earned runs on 30 hits over 20 2/3 innings, covering 23 appearances, with seven walks and 18 strikeouts. Most of that damage came in a month-long stretch from the end of June through July, in which he gave up 10 earned runs on 14 hits — three of them home runs — over 6 2/3 innings.

Zeid went on the disabled list after that with lingering injuries that led to surgeries on both of his feet, keeping him out of the rest of the season. He’s expected to be ready for Spring Training.

When he’s healthy, he’s a power pitcher with a mid-90s fastball, slider and a splitter he developed with the help of former Tigers pitcher and ex-Astros pitching coach Doug Brocail.

The Tigers didn’t need to go far for a scouting report on Zeid. He played in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers two years ago for Team Israel, a team managed by Brad Ausmus.

With Zeid added to an already full roster, somebody had to go. That fell on outfielder Ezequiel Carrera, who went from part-time center fielder in August to late-game defensive replacement and pinch-runner by season’s end. Any question about whether he was expendable was answered when the Tigers traded for Anthony Gose, another speedy center fielder who bats left-handed but with more consistent defensive prowess.

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Gage:
“no prob with #Tigers DFA of Carrera, except: With Dirks gone, they have only 7 OF’s on 40-man: including 4 kids with total of 32 MLB AB’s”

“He’s not a big-name addition by any stretch, but he’s the kind of pitcher on the rebound the Tigers have turned into bullpen depth in years past.
Yeah that bullpen depth has been really deep hasn’t it?

I think we’re using different definitions of bullpen depth.

Olney:
Evaluators report many players eligible for free agency next fall available in trade now: Porcello, Fister, Zimmermann, Latos, Leake,etc.
Sell high, good move

So many pitchers available on trade market, you’re not selling high. Supply/demand on starting pitchers might be flipping this offseason.

Not a huge fan of DFAing Carrera….what are the chances he clears waivers? I am a fan of getting Zeid though. We need as many arms as we can get. …God damn even a blind squirrel finds a nut everyone once in a while…

Carrera will probably clear waivers, but he’ll be a minor league free agent when he does.

I’ve been in the woods quite a bit lately and, while I haven’t seen a blind squirrel yet, they are everywhere, actively burying and digging up acorns all day long. While their activities look random and spontaneous to me, those little DNA programmed rodent brains must know exactly what they are doing. And then it hit me. This seemingly (to the uneducated eye) random spontaneous activity is, well, a pretty good analogy of the assembling of an MLB bullpen. It’s all about finding buried acorns, sometimes the very acorns you planted.

Marty, if you ever write a book I’m buying the first copy.

it’s true that bullpens are full of nuts

Funny

Omar Duran, under the radar signing of the off season😉 lol

Charges reinstated against Reed

The JD Martinez principle in effect here? Astros prospect that they tried to sneak off the 40 man roster. Could work out.
Don’t know much about Omar Duran. Is he on the 40?
I think the Tigers will sign a low risk veteran OF late in the free agency period. Maybe even to a minor league deal.

That would be an excellent idea. We need one. Davis is an aging (slowing?) platoon player. Gose is unproven as a regular. JD repeating his success of last year is less than 50/50. And behind them are 3 rookies with one of them likely to be ready.

Omar Duran? Well Andrew Miller once sounded somewhat similar.
Still, I would prefer the real deal.

Well, he could be a Band-Aid for the bullpen anyway, until real help arrives or prospects progress. I’m sure DD is far from finished putting the 2015 team together…hopefully.
http://minoringinbaseball.com/

Melky Cabrera should be acquired. Tigers need that veteran presence in the OF.

Melky OPS 808, 16 HR in a hitter friendly park, 73 RBI. Hunter, 765, 17 HR and 83 RBI. The glove makes a big difference

WELL if you REALLY meant Xavier Avery, then you got your wish!

Snappin’ up speedy outfielders?

a couple notes on Andrew Miller:
1) last year he was great but he didn’t pitch much in 2012 or 2013….injuries I assume
2) His BB/K ratio was way worse than usual last year
3) His velocity has dropped every year the past 3 years
4) His BABIP was 30 something points below his career average last year.

Breslow is the next target

Coke was better than Breslow last year. Can we just resign Coke?

Breslow was good once , unlike Coke

dude breslow gave up more than a HR per 9, more than 12 hits per 9, less than 6 KOs. His FIP and ERA last year were AWFUL.
.
You mean sign him to a minor league deal?

And that will earn him at least 8 million.

Breslow is smart, actually very smart, and on the mound as well. But this team does not need another crafty lefty or even a LOOGY. It needs a lage inning bullpen that intimidates. One that the manager has to start making decisions prior to the late innings in order to avoid it. One that a lineup starts thinking “Oh no, next inning is the 8th.”
Dombrowski can dribble the rhetoric all he wants, he can’t fool the Detroit fans with bafflegab. He needs to come up with something big.

Dude had a .274/.348/.516 on his fastball last year – a fastball that has declined in speed each year for the past 4. 4.6 walks per 9 last year doesn’t suggest he’s a command guy either…
.
C’mon we can’t sign Miller, Coke or Breslow….*looks at lefty relievers available* oh sh*t there is litterally only garbage and Miller left. 😦

“Bartender, make it a Cotts!”

“make it two Cotts, one for me and one for my friend, Rich”

“I’ll just have a Miller, thanks.”

A Miller will cost like a Heineken

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