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Marlins claim Duane Below off waivers from Tigers

Apr 25, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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Duane Below was claimed off waivers by the Marlins after being designated for assignment by the Tigers.

Below has a 4.06 ERA and 43/19 K/BB ratio in 75 innings as a big leaguer, but Miami will send him to Triple-A for now.

At age 27 he doesn’t have much upside, but Below is a left-handed starter with some decent numbers in the minors who’s held his own in the majors. Going from the rotation-rich Tigers to the talent-starved Marlins is probably a good career move for Below.

  1. Panda Claus - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    It has to be said: “Look out Below!”

    • Detroit Michael - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      Feel free to make bad puns but just like the puns about Felix Pie’s last name, realize that the player doesn’t pronouce the word as you had hoped. His last name is pronounced BEE-low.

  2. philliesblow - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Usually when a Tigers’ cast off ends up in Miami, the Tigers get a star in return. Dombrowski must be losing his touch if he couldn’t get Stanton in return for Below.

  3. rbj1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    Dang. Saw him pitch the second home game of the season for the Mud Hens this year. Retired the first 13 batters and pitched very well for 6.1 innings. 2 hits, 1 run, 0 BB 4 Ks. Figured he’d be a serviceable 5th starter or be yo-yoed all season.

  4. Old Gator - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Can’t tell you how excited I am by this newz.z.z.zzzzzzzzzzz….

    • Old Gator - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      Then again, maybe Scrooge and the Chihuahua are just stocking up on warm bodies so their pet pit vipers can take target practice.

  5. Detroit Michael - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    I’m surprised the Tigers didn’t have someone more marginal on their 40-man roster to outright to the minors or lose on a waiver claim. Still, it’s not a big loss. This guy doesn’t have the velocity to excel in the majors so he really is a low ceiling player.

    • sizzler24 - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      They do – Don Kelly. Unfortunately, he is one of the manager’s favorites and won’t be let go even though he is hitting sub 100.

      • weaselpuppy - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        beat me to it….

  6. pandorasdadca - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    I think I’d rather go to AAA than the Marlins.

  7. sportsfan8888 - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Very Bad move by the Tigers…

    Below pitched well as a major league LHSP in spots starts
    and long relief last year…

    Tigers are having major bullpen problems and meltdowns…

    Below could have been used on the Tigers big league club right now.

    But, Tigers keep minor career minor leaguer Kelly hitting 0.96 on their roster?

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