Tigers option Sizemore, Scherzer to AAA

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sizemore, scherzer headshot.bmpThe Tigers made a couple of bold but necessary moves Sunday, demoting starting second baseman Scott Sizemore and starting pitcher Max Scherzer to Triple-A Toledo.  The news was reported first by MLB.com’s Jason Beck.

Sizemore entered the 2010 season with a bit of hype, but hasn’t been able to transfer his minor league success to the big leagues.  He will leave behind a .206 batting average, a .297 on-base percentage and a .289 slugging percentage, accomplished in 97 at-bats.  Carlos Guillen is expected to serve as Detroit’s starting second baseman once he returns from the disabled list in about a week.  If he plays well enough, we might not see Sizemore in the majors again until September.

Scherzer also entered the year with high hopes after putting up a 4.12 ERA and a 174/63 K/BB ratio in 170 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks last season.  He hasn’t made a smooth transition to the American League, though, and is sporting a 1-4 record, a 7.29 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP through eight starts. 

Report: Christian Yelich’s relationship with Marlins ‘irretrievably broken’

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Joe Longo, the agent of Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich, said his client’s relationship with the Marlins is “irretrievably broken,” ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. He believes in the best interest of both Yelich and the Marlins to work out a trade before the start of spring training.

Longo said,

They have a plan. I respect that plan, but that plan shouldn’t include Christian at this point in his career. He’s in the middle of the best years of his career, and having him be part of a 100-loss season is not really where [we] want to see him going.

The relationship between player and team is irretrievably broken. It’s soured. He’s part of the old ownership regime. The new ownership regime needs to get new parts into this plan and move forward, and he needs to get on with his career where he’s got a chance to win. The big issue is him winning and winning now.

He loves the city of Miami. He loves the fans. He’s had nothing but a good experience in South Florida, and he feels sorry where they ended up. But I think having him report [to spring training] and attempting to include him moving forward is going to be uncomfortable for both sides. I don’t see how it’s going to work.

This certainly comes as no surprise considering the offseason the Marlins have had after installing new ownership, going from Jeffrey Loria to Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter. The club traded All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 59 home runs last season, as well as Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna. As Crasnick notes, Yelich isn’t the only player to express disappointment with the Marlins’ current direction — J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro have as well.

Yelich, 26, signed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension with the Marlins in March of 2015. Given his career performance, that’s a bargain of a contract, which is why more than a handful of teams have inquired with the Marlins about him this offseason. Yelich finished the past season with a .282/.369/.439 triple-slash line along with 18 home runs, 81 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances.