Tigers re-sign Daniel Schlereth to minor-league deal (updated)
Five years after the Curtis Granderson trade, the Tigers will have at least one piece from that deal in their organization. No, not Max Scherzer. It’s Daniel Schlereth, re-signed this week to a minor-league contract.
The move showed up on the International League transactions page. The Tigers and Schlereth confirmed the agreement. The deal does not include an invite to Major League camp. He’ll report to Lakeland with other non-roster pitchers in February to minor-league minicamp.
Schlereth rejoined the Tigers organization in June after being acquired from the Pirates for cash considerations. His numbers were better at Triple-A Toledo than they were at Indianapolis, but he still had a rough summer before finishing strong.
Schlereth gave up 10 walks and 13 hits over 10 1/3 innings in his first 12 Mud Hens appearances before leaving the team to be with his wife, Bree, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. He came back once his wife was doing better following surgery, and threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings over his final five outings, allowing six hits and a walk while striking out nine.
“When I went back to Toledo, I kinda threw like it was my last game,” Schlereth said Wednesday in a text message, “and it went really well. Threw over the top as hard as I could and struck out everybody. That was the best I’ve thrown since I first got to the big leagues.”
His wife is now doing “great,” he said, and has follow-up tests periodically to make sure everything’s well. Meanwhile, on the mound, he’ll try to repeat his approach over a longer stretch. At this point, he’s essentially relief depth for the Mud Hens, but Blaine Hardy’s rise last year showed the Tigers are open to giving relievers the opportunity if they pitch well in Toledo. With lefty relief still a major question mark, maybe the biggest question left on the team, there’s an opportunity for somebody.
“I feel like I’m just learning how to pitch at age 28,” Schlereth said. “Before, I just threw the ball. Now I feel like an actual pitcher.”