Tigers claim 1B Marc Krauss off waivers from Rays
The Tigers, looking to fill first base with Miguel Cabrera out for the next six weeks, began their search Monday afternoon by claiming Marc Krauss off waivers from the Rays.
Krauss is expected to join the Tigers in Seattle, where they open a three-game series with the Mariners Monday night. A corresponding move will be made then.
Krauss, a northwest Ohio native and former Ohio University standout, has played 134 games in the big leagues over the last three years with three different organizations, batting .192 (70-for-365) with 18 doubles, 11 home runs, 40 RBIs, 34 walks and 117 strikeouts. After hitting .289 with four homers and 29 RBIs in 47 games at Triple-A Salt Lake, he played 11 games this season with the Angels, who traded him to the Rays June 25.
The 27-year-old Krauss went 1-for-10 with a double for the Rays before being designated for assignment over the weekend. That was around the same time the Tigers learned the extent of Cabrera’s strained left calf, which is expected to keep him out until mid-August.
With Cabrera out, the Tigers started catcher Alex Avila at first base the past two games. Like Avila, Krauss is a left-handed hitter. The Tigers also called up third baseman Jefry Marte, a right-handed hitter, from Triple-A Toledo on Saturday when Cabrera went on the disabled list.