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Tigers trade Dlugach, outright Bonine, three others

Brent Dlugach began the year as a potential Tigers infield prospect in the upper ranks of their farm system, and went into the season as somebody to watch after an impressive Spring Training. Now, he’s part of the Red Sox ranks, having been traded Thursday as part of the Tigers’ moves take four Minor League free agents off their 40-man roster.

Also removed from the roster were right-handers Eddie Bonine and Jay Sborz, catcher Max St. Pierre and outfielder Jeff Frazier. All of them were outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, making them eligible to become six-year minor league free agents. Bonine elected to become a free agent immediately, while the others will become free agents on Nov. 6.

Of the group, Bonine had by far the most time in the big leagues this year, having spent the entire season in Detroit’s bullpen. The 29-year-old knuckleballer went 4-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 47 appearances, all but one of them in relief.

Bonine went into the All-Star break with a 4-0 record and a 2.81 ERA before struggling down the stretch, allowing 22 earned runs on 47 hits over 26 1/3 innings. Opponents batted .395 against him after the break. He was inconsistent with his knuckleball, especially late in the season, and hitters began to simply sit on his fastball.

Dlugach was briefly seen as a potential shortstop option, but a slow start at Triple-A Toledo and a high strikeout total left him looking up at the big leagues. He batted .258 for the year with the Mud Hens with six home runs, 41 RBIs, 12 stolen bases and 149 strikeouts over 117 games.

The Red Sox will send over a player to be named later or cash as part of the trade.

St. Pierre finally made it to the big leagues after 14 years in the Minor Leagues, all but one of them in the Tigers organization. He’ll most likely have a spot back in the system if he wants it, but it remains to be seen what he wants to do.

Sborz move official

The Tigers officially confirmed the back end of the Rick Porcello move: Theyll call up Jay Sborz from Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday. Hell travel with the team to New York and have the move made in time for the series opener against the Mets at Citi Field.

Porcello down, Sborz up

Back from some time off with some news on the back end of Rick Porcello’s move to Triple-A Toledo. Jay Sborz was reportedly told after the game that he’s heading up to the Tigers. Good work by the Toledo Blade site for tracking that down. Still don’t know Porcello’s replacement in the rotation, but at least we know his replacement on the roster for now.

At first glance, that would suggest that the Tigers are going to look to their bullpen to fill Porcello’s rotation spot for now, whether it’s Enrique Gonzalez (who started at Toledo this year), Brad Thomas (who started twice this season for Detroit) or Eddie Bonine (who started effectively for Detroit down the stretch last year). But Sborz could also be an extra arm in the bullpen for now if the Tigers want to call up somebody else to start later in the week, such as Andy Oliver. Tigers can wait until Saturday in Atlanta before they need a fifth starter.
It surely suggests Ryan Perry will not be ready to be activated from the disabled list when he’s eligible to come off Tuesday.
Sborz has quietly followed up the impression he made in spring training by putting up a very good season as Mud Hens closer, saving 15 games while striking out 28 batters over 26 2/3 innings and scattering 18 hits. His stats suggest he has been most effective as a one-inning guy for the Hens. Seven of his nine earned runs allowed came in four outings in which he was called upon for more than three outs.
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