Optioned Francisco Martinez (3B) to Erie
Reassigned Devon Travis (2B) to minor league camp
More cuts came down, with five more players heading across the street to the back fields, leaving 41 players in big league camp, with just over two weeks until Opening Day.
The only mild surprise of the moves was the decision to send Fields to Toledo this early in camp, despite an opening on the big league roster with the injury to Andy Dirks. It was always believed that Fields needed more minor league seasoning, but many thought he would have been given an outside shot. At minimum, it's a surprise that he wasn't able to outlast Tyler Collins or Steven Moya.
Lennerton, Miller and Martinez were all destined to begin the season in the minors from the first day of camp, but given their place on the 40-man roster, were able to get a couple weeks of exposure to the big league environment, which can only help in their development. The same can be said for Travis, who obviously wasn't a candidate for a job in Detroit having not played above A-ball yet, but still hit .278 in 18 at-bats, showing off the bat that have the Tigers so optimistic about his future.
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Posted by Wez, 03/14/14
Released Luis Marte (RHP)
The first cuts of big league camp have come, and none are terribly surprising. While there might have been some hope that Crosby could have challenged for a spot in the Tigers bullpen, it was always more likely that he would start the season in Toledo working on his new role. Meanwhile, starters like VerHagen and Ray got valuable experience, but were always known to need more seasoning.
The lone pure release of the group is Marte, who struggled over four games of spring action. He had been previously removed from the 40-man roster back in December, after missing most of 2013 due to shoulder issues.
Posted by Wez, 03/12/14