In search of help at first base following news that they’ll be without Miguel Cabrera for six weeks, the Tigers have claimed Marc Krauss off waivers from the Rays.
Krauss has hit just .192 in the majors and has found himself on the waiver wire before, but the 27-year-old first baseman/corner outfielder has an .816 OPS with good power and plate discipline in 189 career games at Triple-A.
Obviously no one is going to come anywhere close to replacing Cabrera’s great production for the Tigers, but they’re looking for cheap short-term help and Krauss fits the bill.
Matt Garza’s horrible season now includes a trip to the disabled list, as the Brewers placed the struggling right-hander on the shelf with shoulder tendinitis.
Garza signed a four-year, $50 million deal with Milwaukee last offseason and was his usual self in Year 1, logging 163 innings with a 3.64 ERA. He was decent through six weeks this year, but Garza has a 6.67 ERA in his last 10 games with 49 total runs allowed in 57 innings.
Given his age, previous arm problems, and awful pitching this season it’ll be tough for the Brewers to find a taker for Garza (and his contract) via trade even if he’s able to return in the minimum 15 days.
Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco mostly struggled as a rookie last season and is hitting poorly again this season, but general manager Neal Huntington told Paul Zeise of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that sending the 23-year-old back to the minors “hasn’t even been a conversation.”
Baseball America ranked Polanco as the No. 10 prospect in MLB coming into last season and he debuted at age 22, but he’s hit just .233 with a .640 OPS through 166 career games. Polanco’s speed and defense remain assets for the Pirates, but he’s just not hitting.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle benched the left-handed-hitting Polanco versus a right-handed pitcher Sunday and Huntington noted that “we believe Gregory Polanco is going to be a quality major league player, but there are growing pains.”