The Tigers have designated Joba Chamberlain and Tom Gorzelanny for assignment

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This seemed inevitable:

Chamberlain has been profoundly unreliable, particularly of late. He has made 30 appearances on the year, posting a 4.09 ERA and an ugly 1.682 WHIP while striking out 15 and walking five in 22 innings.

The Tigers likewise DFA’d Tom Gorzelanny, who has an even worse 6.38 ERA in 30 appearances of his own while allowing a hideous 32 hits and 15 walks in in 24 innings.

The corresponding moves: calling up Jeff Ferrell and Drew VerHagen from Toledo. Both are converted starters, VerHagen only being converted a month ago.

The Tigers’ bullpen has stunk on ice for years now. Reshuffling now while the Tigers are scuffling can’t hurt.

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

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The Astros’ sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred’s report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston’s manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired.

After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred’s report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major League Baseball had bungled it all and it was even worse than it had first seemed.

Rather than Manfred and the Astros putting this all behind them, the story grew. As it grew, both the Red Sox and Mets fired their managers and, in a few isolated media appearances, Astros’ players seemed ill-prepared for questions on it all. Once spring training began the Astros made even worse public appearances and, for the past week and change, each day has given us a new player or three angrily speaking out about how mad they are at the Astros and how poorly they’ve handled all of this.

Why have they handled it so poorly? As always, look to poor leadership:

Guess not.

In other news, Crane was — and I am not making this up — recently named the Houston Sports Executive of the Year. An award he has totally, totally earned, right?