Tigers sign two more minor-league deals

The Tigers added two more minor-league signings Wednesday, announcing deals with right-hander Michael Crotta and outfielder Chad Huffman. Neither deal includes a non-roster invite to Major League camp.

For the Tigers, the deals represent organizational depth for a farm system that didn’t have enough of it last year. For Crotta and Huffman, the deals present a return to the states after both spent the last two seasons playing in Japan.

The 31-year-old Crotta reached the Majors as a reliever with Pittsburgh in 2011 before elbow surgery put his career in transition. The 6-foot-6 hurler posted a 4-5 record with a 2.62 ERA and six saves for the Nippon Ham Fighters in 2014 before struggling to a 2-2 record and 6.59 ERA in 30 games there this past season. He last pitched stateside in 2013, going 6-7 with a 3.57 ERA and four saves for Triple-A Syracuse.

The 30-year-old Huffman is a right-handed hitter who played nine games with the Yankees in 2010 and posted a three-homer, 10-RBI game for Triple-A Columbus in 2011. After batting .282 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs for Memphis in 2013, Huffman signed with the Chiba Lotte Marines. He hit .270 with 20 doubles, four homers and 28 RBIs over 67 games in 2014, but went just 1-for-11 in six games this past season.

The moves mark the third round of minor-league signings the Tigers have announced. They confirmed a half-dozen deals last week, including former Major Leaguers Nate Schierholtz and Logan Kensing on minor-league contracts with Major League invites.


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I want a REAL LF please . Yes we up graded our bull pen but down graded our LF and who will bat 6th or 7th ? After V-mart and JD we have no pop what so ever . Nick is avg. at best . We need that Jonnie Peralta type bat in the 7 spot . HELP US MR. AVILA , MR.I said spend some money so we can win a World Series .

One more thing ,why le Yonis go to our enemy the White sox ? Hell he still would look good in that English D .

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I don’t get the impression that a deal for Cespedes is imminent. It appears the White Sox are the only ones considering him at that price tag. Not sure how credible that is.

I’d actually feel fortunate if they found an OFer in the next lower tier. A guy like Parra would be very, very helpful.
But that being said, I’m gonna pull for a minor miracle that manifests itself in the form of Steven Moya.

if Moya clicks this season, that would solve several issues with the current projected lineup. can’t afford to wait too long, as they did with Rondon, without finding other viable interim options.

Sherman with a pretty good analysis of the Tigers:
Hint: read Tigers and Avila instead of Yankees and Cashman and slash the 2018 bit, the Tigers are saddled with $116.000 for 2018

“Five years of high-end contention followed by a steady plummet to the majors’ worst record in 2015. The fall was based on having too many aging/declining players locked up in long-term contracts and too little impact coming from their farm system.”

for a team to contend regularly, the GM has to have one eye on the present and the other on the future. can’t afford to have monocular vision. it’s why Avila has signaled that another high priced addition is, from his perspective, very unlikely.

And why he must keep the prospect in the farm system

Great article and great points. Thanks.. Glad to see that I am not the only one who thinks long term and conservatively.

Watching a Tigers replay game on Fox. Now I really, really can’t wait for the season to start. ⚾️

Agree Woody.

Cafardo;”The Red Sox, White Sox, Tigers, Cubs, Diamondbacks, and Mariners won the offseason. ”

Rotation WAR: 8.1 in 2015. Expected WAR 10.0. ERA 4.64. Expected ERA 4.08

They need a better video crew. Ausmus was 4th worst in success percentage of challenges

Magallanes advanced to the play-offs. Consequence of the injury suffered in the eye, Rondón is still out of the roster after serving his suspension.
If Magallanes advances, and they are up 2-0 , he could join the team

Rondon’s history as a Tiger and a Tiger farmhand has been very disappointing. I fully expect him to wreck his shoulder taking boxes down from a shelf.

What a great blogging strategy. Can you teach us more?

Heyman:”kelly johnson agrees to braves deal. $2M plus $1.25M incentives” He was batter option than Aviles . He does not play SS but

Keep an eye on Travyor Robinson. He has been good with the bat and glove. Switch hitter.
Tonight, after Danry Vázquez put his team ahead, he opened the score.

Trayvon, a former prospect signed as organizational depth. He has put quit a show during the postseason

Moya dropped from Top 10 Tiger Prospect List.
Not from mine though.
Still think this young man is going to find his way.

Travyor with the ChiSox?

Sorry, no need to ask I see he is a Tiger farmhand.

Beck RT this:

RT @Buster_ESPN: Teams say agent Scott Boras has been pushing to create options for Chris Davis. Selling him hard as everyday RF/LF option,…

Is he implying Boras plus LF plus llitch?

That thought crossed my mind too.

recently rediscovered a tape i made of Ernie and Paul’s last broadcast together. was in Baltimore where they had a sellout because it was the final game at Memorial Stadium. have listened to a part of it, but in giving the lineup, Paul has one gaffe, putting Mickey Stanley batting 5th at C instead of Tettleton. Tanana is on the bump. In the first inning, Ernie sends out a wedding proposal on behalf of a listener and wonders if he’ll find out the answer sometime during the game. He describes an error by the O’s 1B as ‘he played every hop right, except for the last one.’ Ernie’s subtle humor is missed.

Ernie tells of a time when he was describing Bill Freehan arguing a call at the plate. He’s saying “and Freehan is beating his mitt on the plate” except instead of “mitt” Ernie is saying “meat.”

I have made this point before, Im not alone:
Olney: Reason for optimism in Detroit
The Tigers finished last in the AL Central in 2015, but they have something they didn’t have at this point last year: full health of star players such as Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez.
Schonfield thinks the LF will be Cespedes because

“Via the FanGraphs projections, here are the 10 worst left-field situations in the majors (starting from the bottom): Phillies, Padres, Reds, Braves, Orioles, Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays, Tigers ”
And ilitch

Robinson is on fire. Hit a HR( officially a 3B, Umps missed it even after the replay) and scored the first run. He is like Dirks was in DR. Even journalists are under his spell

Despite, Robinson´s heroics, Leones was ousted. Magallanes will go to the Semifinal and Rondón is expected to join the team. The Cuban Hassan Peña ,after leading the season in saves ,and Deolis Guerra ,have been faltering so he is badly needed.
He had fever, Olney reports a mosquito infection, both chicunguya and zika have been striking people here. Bur Venezuelan media only talked about the swollen eye and fever.
I don’t like the idea, after 3 weeks without real game action..

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