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. 

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.