Tigers Get Their Catcher

Well, the Tigers once again barely set the suitcases down in the hotel room before getting down to business. Moving quickly to fill a hole, they acquired catcher Gerald Laird for pitching prospects Guillermo Moscoso and  Carlos Melo.

Laird is a quality catcher who can hit, and he’ll give Dusty Ryan time to grow into the starting job in a couple years. All in all, a nice pick-up for the Tigers.

It did come at a price, however. Moscoso was considered a top prospect, and close to reaching the majors. The worst news is that he’s been compared to Jair Jurrjens by some.

It is good to see them addressing one of their main offseason needs so soon. Hopefully just the start of a very productive week

40-man Roster Almost Full

The Tigers added five prospects to the 40-man roster this morning: right-handers Alfredo Figaro, Guillermo Moscoso and Zach Simons; and outfielders Wilkin Ramirez and Casper Wells. That leaves two spots that must be filled by midnight tonight.

In a blog post today, the Free Press‘s Jon Paul Morosi thought infielder Will Rhymes, currently playing in the Arizona Fall League, would end up on the 40-man roster and, more important, not be exposed in the Rule 5 Draft next month.

It’ll be interesting to see how – or if – this impacts trade activity in the next few weeks.