Tigers bring back Mike Maroth as Single-A pitching coach


Mike Maroth retired in January after unsuccessfully trying to make it back to the majors following various arm surgeries and the Tigers have hired him as their new Single-A pitching coach.

Maroth last pitched in the majors in 2007, but he’s still just 34 years old and spent all but a couple months of his six-season career with the Tigers, going 50-67 with a 5.05 ERA in 918 innings.

He replaces Joe Coleman, who was let go after coaching the Lakeland staff to the ninth-best ERA in the 12-team Florida State League.

Maroth is best known for losing 21 games in 2003, but for the most part the lefty was a solid back-of-the-rotation starter for the Tigers despite a fastball that topped out in the high-80s.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.