According to the Detroit News, the Tigers released shortstop Tony Giarratano today. This isn’t a surprise and is bordering on non-news except for the fact that Giarratano soaked up a 40-man roster spot during this year’s Rule-5 Draft.
The Tigers lost Randor Bierd during the draft to Baltimore. Bierd had a 3.35 in Erie last season and could have presented the team with another bullpen option later in the season if needed. This was something that didn’t need to happen, as I’ve written about before.
I’m assuming some new news has come forward just recently that prompted this move:
“Unfortunately, Tony has not be able to recover from his previous surgery and it does not appear feasible for him to continue his career at this time,” Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said.
Tony was known for solid defense but had struggled getting on base. Detroit has a close equivalent in Ramon Santiago.