Indians rescind waiver claim of Deolis Guerra due to pre-existing injury

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The Indians had claimed pitcher Deolis Guerra off waivers from the Pirates on Wednesday, but they’ve rescinded it on Friday due to a pre-existing knee injury as Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The Pirates placed Guerra on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee.

Guerra, 26, has a 6.48 ERA with a 17/3 K/BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings at the big league level for the Pirates this season. He’s had better results with Triple-A Indianapolis, as reflected by his 1.23 ERA across 36 2/3 innings.

Guerra was one of the four prospects the Mets sent to the Twins in Feburary 2008 in the Johan Santana trade. The others included Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber, and Kevin Mulvey.

Tigers sign Austin Romine to one-year, $4.1 million deal

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The Tigers and free agent catcher Austin Romine have agreed to a one-year contract, Chris McCosky of the Detroit News reports. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti specifies that the deal is for $4.1 million.

Romine, 31, has been in the league for eight seasons, all with the Yankees. Across 1,116 trips to the plate, he has hit .239/.281/.366. However, Romine is well-regarded for his defense and game-calling abilities.

Romine will slot in as the full-time catcher for the rebuilding Tigers. They’ll have Jake Rogers and Grayson Greiner behind him.