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Chad Durbin, Neifi Perez Make the Cut

The Tigers finished up their final cuts and Chad Durbin was the final pitcher to make the team while Neifi Perez was the last position player.  Durbin had a solid spring and after Edward Campusano went down, this move made sense.  He also makes for an interesting story because of his ups and (mostly) downs.

Neifi Perez, on the other hand, was probably the last guy who deserved to make the team out of Chris Shelton and Ramon Santiago, who both got optioned to Toledo.  Chris Shelton is the better hitter although he’s hamstrung because of his lack of versatility.  I just hope Perez doesn’t take away any at bats from guys like Omar Infante or even Marcus Thames, which could happen.  If they want to give Carlos Guillen a break, they could shift him to first and have Perez play short.  Anyway, we all know Perez is one of the worst major league hitters ever but they also have his contract to contend with because he has one more guaranteed year so this move was probably more because of the dollars then the on field results.

Completely ridiculous that Shelton didn’t make the team. How is his versatility an issue? If someone needs a day off Infante covers for him.

This is what carrying 12 pitchers does to a baseball team. It keeps a very good hitter liek Shelton in the minors. We do not need to 12 pitchers. Most decent major league teams do not need 12 pitchers. Almost all of the important relief outs will be the responsibility of Zumaya, Rodney, Ledezma, Jones, and whomever else steps up. That’s what you need, plus one swing man, which I suppose is Grilli. The idea that you have to have 12 pitchers has been very costly for many many teams.

Posted by Dan on March 26th, 2007 at 10:50 am

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