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Tigers release reliever David Pauley

Mar 12, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

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The Tigers hoped they were picking up two key pieces for their pitching staff when they acquired Doug Fister and David Pauley from the Mariners last summer, but while Fister exceeded even their highest expectations, Pauley was a dud, and the reliever earned his release from the team on Monday.

Pauley, who had a 2.15 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP in 54 1/3 innings before the trade, went 0-2 with a 5.95 ERA for Detroit. The Tigers made the choice to move on after he gave up four runs in two-thirds of an inning in his third appearance of the spring.

One wonders if the Mariners might make a move to reacquire Pauley now. The 28-year-old has always been viewed as a fringe pitcher because of his below average fastball, but he allowed just two runs and 13 hits in 27 innings at Safeco Field last season. The big ballparks certainly suit his game, so he might also be of some interest to the Padres, A’s or Rays.

With Pauley out of the mix, the Tigers will have a job up for grabs in their pen. Jose Valverde, Joaquin Benoit, Phil Coke, Octavio Dotel, Daniel Schlereth and Collin Balester are set for six spots. If they stick with their internal options, the vacancy could go Brayan Villarreal or Duane Below.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Duane Below? His nickname has to be “Look Out”.

    • natstowngreg - Mar 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      Someone call Chris Berman, quick.

  2. mikeincmn - Mar 12, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    The Twins should take a look. They blew it this offseason in regards with their bullpen and now that zumaya is done they are looking for bullpen help. Taking a flyer and seeing if he could do better than some of the scrubs they have in camp makes so much sense. Likely that’s why they won’t do anything.

  3. orton1227 - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Odom-disease?

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