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.

4 Comments

it’s no mystery with Krauss or Marte. if they hit, they’ll stay on the roster. if not, they’ll shuffle the deck again. they could both go quickly.

Wilson has been great since he joined us. As someone who lives in Houston, I can tell you Krauss sucks at hitting. Mike Hessman is the better choice

I like Wilson as part of this organization. I hope he accepts the assignment and remains with the Tigers this year. Would MLB ever consider an “exemption” for an injured starter who played in at least the previous 80% of the team’s games and expected to be on the DL at least 45 days but hopefully back in the same season. They could allow a 26th man on the roster who would be signed to play the injured player’s position. Just a thought. You hate to lose a player who has contributed but does not have options left.

Neither signing Krauss or designating Wilson will have any effect on improving this team. If this team does not pitch much better, they will not be in the playoffs this season

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