Tigers DFA Josh Wilson to make room for Marc Krauss
When Brad Ausmus talked about Jefry Marte and Andrew Romine as parts of the mix at first base, it didn’t bode well for Josh Wilson. Somebody had to go to make room for first baseman Marc Krauss, and if Marte was expected to split time at first, Wilson looked a lot like the odd man out. Sure enough, the Tigers designated Wilson’s contract for assignment on Tuesday as Krauss arrived in Seattle.
Wilson replaced Hernan Perez as the Tigers’ second utility infielder on June 2 and held his own, batting 8-for-21 while seeing playing time at second, third and shortstop. He even pitched in a game. But with first base now a mix-and-match situation for the foreseeable future unless the Tigers add somebody else, two utility infielders became a luxury. Moreover, Marte’s ability to play both corner infield spots takes some of that responsibility anyway.
Wilson has the option to decline an outright assignment if he clears waivers. At age 34, it wouldn’t necessarily be a surprise if he did if he saw a way to get back on the roster later in the season, possibly if Cabrera returns as hoped in mid-August.