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Tigers release Brennan Boesch, save $1.9 million

Mar 13, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Detroit has released outfielder Brennan Boesch, who averaged 127 games and 496 plate appearances per season for the Tigers during the past three years.

Back in January the Tigers and Boesch avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.3 million deal, but by releasing him now Detroit is only on the book for one-sixth of that salary. So he gets $383,000 and hits the open market as a 28-year-old free agent and the Tigers save $1.9 million on a player who fell out of their plans by hitting just .240 with 12 homers and a .659 OPS in 132 games last season.

Boesch was a quality regular in 2011, but his 2010 and 2012 production suggest he’s better suited as a part-time corner outfielder. He should have no trouble landing another big-league roster spot, but may have to fight for playing time. Meanwhile, the Tigers are going with another left-handed hitter, Andy Dirks, as their primary left fielder.

  1. chill1184 - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Alderson should take a look at him

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    He will probably end up in either NY, Miami or Houston.

  3. thegreatstoneface - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    …i hope he doesn’t let the door hit him in the ass on the way out. seems like a good guy, but he’s got serious limitations as a player.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      The thumbs down must be from Indians fans.

  4. kalinedrive - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    First half 2011 he was pretty good. I always hoped he’d get back to that level. Oh well, I also remember a kid named Chris Shelton who was on fire for a month in 2006.

    • Detroit Michael - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Like Shelton, the Tigers sold a lot of Boesch jerseys when he first made a splash. Boesch will be remembered for awhile.

  5. chomsky66 - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    They didn’t save $1.9M, they wasted $400k or so by tendering him.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Bring that up later when the Phillies have to shed Delmon Young.

  6. brianbowman16 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Thank Pencil that the Tigers finally got tired of this Dude. I read in the Detroit News that he refused to watch video and really wasn’t receptive to the coaches trying to get him straightened out. He showed a ton of promise that 1st half season, but when he slumped last year it just felt like he was on borrowed time. If he would have been stellar on defense you could live with the. 240 ,but he often looked like him and Demon Young were starting their own ‘we are lost on defense’ club.
    I bet the f**king White Sox pick him up.

    • 2dmo4 - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      Demon Young….was this a typo? If not, well played sir, well played.

  7. coryfor3 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    I guess that says alot about his trade value.

    Have the Yankees picked him up yet?

    • historiophiliac - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Dude, he’s on the wrong side of 30 for them.

      • coryfor3 - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        True- I guess the Yankees would have to check in and see what Julio Franco is doing first.

  8. historiophiliac - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    This is good news!

    Thank you, Aaron, for our daily dose of Tigers awesomeness. <3

  9. paperlions - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    But but but…..lLoyd McClendon fixed his swing, high ceiling, epiphany, and all that…..or maybe they just realized that luck was the only difference between “good Boesch” and “bad Boesch” and luck isn’t something you should rely on when it comes to 28 yr old bad defenders (even in corner OF spts) that can’t get on base and only have modest power.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      Word. Not if you want to win a WS this year.

  10. Minoring In Baseball - Mar 14, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    I like Boesch, but just too many outfielders in the Tigers’ system anyway. This might give him a chance to catch on with another team, and maybe they can work the kinks out of his swing. With young talent like Castellanos, Garcia, and Moya in the system, he was expendable. Too bad they couldn’t have traded him, though.

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