Tigers reliever Daniel Schlereth was pretty damn ineffective in the early going, so the Tigers sent him down. Then when he got down to Toledo, lo and behold, he had to go to the disabled list. This was news to Jim Leyland, who sounds a bit miffed:
“Did I have any suspicion? Absolutely none. To my knowledge, he hasn’t been on one (injury) report all spring … The one thing I learned a long time ago, if somebody tells you they’re hurt, they’re hurt. Don’t ever question it. But the only problem with this situation is, he never told anyone he was hurt up here …
“I suppose some guys want to stay in the big leagues, so they try to get through some stuff. … But the first time, to my knowledge, that anybody at the major league level heard anything about Schlereth (being hurt), was after he went down to Toledo. So that’s Schlereth’s fault.”
Leyland backed off a bit and said that he sort of admired Schlereth for trying to suck it up and play through, but man, his doing so cost the Tigers a lot of runs. One has to wonder if Leyland really admires that and if Schlereth is going to see much if any time in the big league pen once he’s healthy.
(thanks to Allison for the link)
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.