Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Cruceta for Fossum

Francisco Cruceta goes from high leverage innings to the waiver wire as he was designated for assignment today. It turns out the problems with his control haven't gone away, as he has struggled mightily. It's just interesting to me that he goes straight from pitching in the late innings to off of the team. Maybe this was a case of Dave Dombrowski taking a bullet out of Jim Leyland's gun. He has 10 days to clear waivers or get traded. I'll bet he clears waivers and heads to Toledo, although somebody may want to take a flier on his arm.

Casey Fossum has been dominant in Toledo and had a July 1 out clause in his contract. There have been concerns about his fastball velocity, but this gives the Tigers a second lefty in the pen while Seay is struggling and Willis returns to the rotation. Still, Fossum has been pretty bad in the bigs the past couple of seasons. The one time Red Sox ace of the future is now a mopup guy for the Tigers.

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