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.”

14 Comments

to be fair the biggest question mark on the team is miguel. literally and figuratively. with the 2nd biggest question mark being if the Manager can pick up his game from last year. particularly the bullpen management.

I’d rather sign Schlereth than $cherzer

I’m glad his wife is doing well. That’s a lot to carry for anyone, especially a pro athlete that can’t be home all the time. I think this is a good and safe signing for the Tigers.
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… Amen .. To that reply.. Evan .. Number 1 and reply number 2

opportunities are nearly endless for lefties. Wil Ledezma is still pitching somewhere.

Remember when Ledezma ate his glove on the bench?

Or was it his hat?

i just know Jamie Walker is out there pitching somewhere

Jim Leyland Walker should be at Little league already

oh yeah didn’t he name his son James Leyland…but not after Jim…after like his father or something? I did name my son after Jim, however. And my second after Lynwood Schoolboy Rowe.

Good story in that his wife is doing better. I hope he continues to pitch like it is his last game, as he says. Before his injuries he had good stuff. Maybe the time away strengthened his arm and cleared his head. I’ll be rooting for him, good depth move by the Tigers.

In fact, Ledezma is pitching for Tigres de Aragua,the team presided by Guillen. He pitched in Mexico too, summer league.

3.44 regular season. 6.75 postseason

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