Pirates claim Guido Knudson on waivers
The first day of Major League Baseball’s General Managers meetings saw the Tigers lose a player. Reliever Guido Knudson was claimed off waivers by the Pirates, reducing Detroit’s 40-man roster to 34 players.
Knudson was a midseason success story, turning a breakthrough season in the minor leagues into a call-up to Detroit on Aug. 20 for his first big-league stint. He gave up a home run in each of his first four Major League outings, all in reliever, the first reliever to do so since at least 1914 according to STATS. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed five home runs in five innings after giving up just three homers (and just 44 hits overall) over 59 2/3 innings between Double-A Erie and Toledo, and just 14 homers over 245 1/3 innings in his minor-league career. He saved 10 games this year for the Mud Hens, and saved another for the SeaWolves.
Knudson did not rank among MLB.com’s top 30 Tigers prospects, but in an organization searching for relief arms, he was a rare homegrown reliever. The Tigers are expected to add multiple Major League relievers this offseason.