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.

19 Comments

Really? The cupboard is bare? Marte, Lennerton, Green, etc can’t do the job? DD has to go get an unproven somewhere else?

Okay, Rich, I’ll drop the negativity. I am secretly wishing Krauss is a LH JD. Really. No sarcasm. I want him to succeed.

I am going to say he’s been a better hitter in the minors than have any of the Tigers’ current minor league first baseman. He’s been around since 2009, and the last three years he’s slugged near .500 in AAA. So they can hope that he’ll at least contribute as a platoon player, and if not, they’ll just go on to the next guy.

…heh. Home run.

C’mon Rich. “Everything” is not negative round here nor are you positive all the time. Sometimes sarcasm is humour. Sometimes criticisms are well founded.
My point is that this is not even a reasonable facsimile of replacing (which you can’t) Miggy. Is it better than using Avila? Yes, simply because he plays first naturally.
But, now you are going to have two .200 hitters in the lineup against RHP.
Good luck with that David.

I just thought a Marc Krauss is what a team would get on such short notice.
I aim for realist, so there will be both negative and positive things mentioned.

Forgot to mention, if you want sarcasm you should hang with me for awhile. I’ve got it down to a science. 🙂

Green is injured, right? Anyway, you wouldn’t keep a stockpile of firstsackers with Miggy in the lineup everyday.
Signing Krauss doesn’t end the search, but I hope he at least plays a solid firstbase and makes a few contributions on offense.
I prefer Avila to catch.

Aramís Ramírez player of the Week in the NL. JD in the AL

Ishikawa was claimed. Casey McGee was also waived . Not many options

To GREG: Probably not going to Baltimore this year. I was hoping for a 4 PM start on Saturday, but it’s a night game. If I change my mind, it will be late.
We should all have a picnic up in the mountains someday.

Simon:
“What can Verlander look to improve upon?
Verlander used to be able to go up in the zone to get strikeouts, but that’s a lot harder to do at 91 mph than at 95 mph. He seems to be trying to figure out what pitches will net him the most soft contact.”
http://espn.go.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/107288/verlander-looking-like-a-right-handed-sabathia-but-worse

So, Neptalí Pérez was not available?

Aubrey Huff.

Joking aside, I watch Matt Thornton with his 1.016 pitch for the Nationals. Waiver pick up last year. Lefty.

That’s his WHIP.

Jasor Frasor released by KC this afternoon. Above average middle reliever but I believe a trade would need to be made. Salary is $1.8MM.

Jason twitted:
Former Tigers farmhand. Very good track record, but 15 walks, 24 hits in 23.1 innings this season.

If he was released the Tigers could sign him paying the minimum prorated, the rest KC

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