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Tigers Sign Backup Catcher, Astros Sign Brandon Lyon

The Tigers signed backup catcher Robinzon Diaz on the same day the Tigers made announced their big trade with the Diamondbacks and Yankees.  He was given a minor league contract by Detroit after he was cut loose by the Pirates.  Diaz is a solid contact hitter (.301 lifetime minor league batting average) who doesn’t hit for much power but also doesn’t strikeout much. It’ll come down to what the Tigers think is best for Al Avila.  Gerald Laird is the starter for at least one more year (unless he’s dealt) so if the Tigers want Avila to play every day, it’ll be with Toledo.

Also, the Brandon Lyon era with the Tigers is over after just one year.  Lyon signed a three year deal with the Astros that’s contingent on Lyon passing a physical.

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