Tigers Release David Pauley

The Tigers released right-hander David Pauley, the team announced. The 28-year-old Octagon client is now a free agent. The Tigers placed Victor Martinez on the 60-day disabled list in a related move.

The Tigers acquired Pauley from the Mariners in the trade that sent Doug Fister to Detroit. He posted a 3.16 ERA with 5.4 K/9 and 2.7 BB/9 in 74 innings across 53 relief outings for the Mariners and Tigers in 2011. Pauley is not yet arbitration eligible. Jason Beck of MLB.com first reported the transaction.


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57 Comments on "Tigers Release David Pauley"


Dan Mazzaro
3 years 4 months ago

Not even a reassignment to minor league camp..ouch

verlander
3 years 4 months ago

Yep, he was that bad this spring.

3 years 4 months ago

 “That bad” in just 2.2 innings?   This is a stupid move by the Tigers.  In over 54 innings with Seattle, Pauley posted a WHIP of under 1.00. 

RationalSportsFan
3 years 4 months ago

He never got a real shot in Detroit.  He was used infrequently during 2011 (often with big gaps between appearances), and then was left off of the postseason roster for Brad Penny(!!!!!).

Also, Leyland never seemed to understand the concept of reverse splits and how they related to Pauley.

Pawsdeep
3 years 4 months ago

Out of options. Would have been exposed and the organization never seemed to like him.

3 years 4 months ago

Haha you’re worried about being exposed so instead you outright release him? Second part makes a whole lot more sense.

Pawsdeep
3 years 4 months ago

I doubt he would have accepted the assignment, but I was only trying to justify the move. I dont necessarily agree with it, but I’m not a part of the Tigers front brass.

It’s called speculation.

LongGone6
3 years 4 months ago

Now the Fister-Furbush trade looks a bit lopsided with what Tigers gave up. Altho Fister showed he’s the man and he’s under team control for several seasons, 4 players for him is still alot

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

If anything, it’s lopsided towards the Tigers. Furbush is a fifth starter at best and Wells is a fourth outfielder. Martinez is the only one who could amount to something. Fister was rated by Saber to be a top 15 pitcher.

Andrew Steven
3 years 4 months ago

I wouldn’t call Wells a 4th OF just yet…You almost can but not quite yet.

m4r1n3r
3 years 4 months ago

 He really has yet to be given a real shot at a starting job. He had a rough go last year with pitchers deciding to bean him to death. He was playing like a starting OF before that happened.

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

Either way, the Tigers may have gotten a steal. Fister is on the verge of ace status. Furbush and Wells will never be anything great.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 4 months ago

Still a good trade for both sides. Martinez is the wild card for the mariners

3 years 4 months ago

David Pauley, David Purcey..both came with a bit of hype. Both cost minor league players both released quickly. ouch. feel like we are still paying for the Uegeth Urbina fleecing. But we did get the Fist out of it.

Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

What hype did purcey come with?

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

He had a little hype.

3 years 4 months ago

 When they traded for Purcey, DD said that “we’ve wanted him for a long time”.  This is questionable, since he had been DFA’d by Toronto and traded at the beginning of the season for a nothing prospect.  Now, the Tigers gave up their highly touted second baseman, one that was ready to replace a gold glove, .300 hitting infielder.  The whole process with Sizemore was such a sham.  But at least that was the only bad move last year by Tiger management. 

3 years 4 months ago

Pauley did not cost anything. He was the Willis of the Fister deal

RationalSportsFan
3 years 4 months ago

 At least the Tigers didn’t extend Pauley for 3 yrs/29 million.

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

For the love of God, no more David P’s in the bullpen.

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 4 months ago

yeah, puddles are starting to accumulate

tiger313
3 years 4 months ago

Looks like Oliver is taking the lead for the fifth spot. (off topic) The only one who has been as bad as Pauley has been Turner

verlander
3 years 4 months ago

And half the fanbase is ready to discard him now after 2.1 IP of spring training.

tiger313
3 years 4 months ago

I was just pointing that out. In my opinion he just needs to go out and have fun instead of trying to win that 5th spot. I think its the pressure more than anything. Hes still young and will still be good. 

verlander
3 years 4 months ago

I wasn’t referring to just you (and I do think Oliver’s the front runner right now). I’ve seen plenty of comments in other places from fans ready to toss Turner on the trash heap.

CandyMaldonadoLand
3 years 4 months ago

 I would call that the shortest leash ever

LiveFastCyYoung
3 years 4 months ago

Leyland wouldn’t give it to Oliver. No way, no how.

tiger313
3 years 4 months ago

If Oliver keeps it up, Leyland has no choice.

verlander
3 years 4 months ago

If Oliver performs the best in Spring Training of all the candidates and Leyland still refuses to give the spot to him, Leyland should have some sense slapped into him.

Richard Ellard
3 years 4 months ago

I’lltake Smyly!

3 years 4 months ago

Below.

LiveFastCyYoung
3 years 4 months ago

I am guessing they needed to open a spot on the 40 man for an impending move?

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

Didn’t think of that. Interesting.

3 years 4 months ago

 Putting Martinez on the 60 day DL opens a roster spot.  DFA’ing Clete Thomas would also open a spot.  Or Brand….. never mind.

LiveFastCyYoung
3 years 4 months ago

But Inge has looked like he has played 2nd base for the last 100 years according to Dombrowski!

3 years 4 months ago

like he has played… 100 years . And that is good?

3 years 4 months ago

 Nobody questioned his defense, it’s the total inability to hit right handed pitching that has to be questioned. 

inleylandwetrust
3 years 4 months ago

Pauley was a prime example of why era can be a very deceiving stat, but still kind of confused why he was flat out released

Lunchbox45
3 years 4 months ago

his whip wasn’t too bad in seattle.

Pawsdeep
3 years 4 months ago

Safeco helps, but I still don’t see how this move makes sense unless there was a problem with him off the diamond.

3 years 4 months ago

 0.99 when he was traded.  He was a good pitcher until the Tigers got him and sat him down to rust.

3 years 4 months ago

I wonder if there was some nonbaseball reason for release

3 years 4 months ago

How would putting Martinez on the 60 day DL be related to releasing Pauley?  They are not related.  Each of them independently clears a spot on the 40 man roster.

formerdraftpick
3 years 4 months ago

I think they meant that they are related.  Literally.  I can see the resemblance. 

3 years 4 months ago

This clears 2 spots on the 40 man roster, for what it’s worth.  Smyly is not on the 40….yet.

Pauley just clearly pitched his way out of a job, just like Tim Byrdak did a few years back.  Sometimes for whatever reason a player just can’t perform in a certain uniform.  Pauley will get at least a minor league deal elsewhere.  He can at least provide multiple innings out of a bullpen.  Ballester will probably get that job in the Tigers pen this season.

Pauley was a throw-in in the Fister deal, anyway.  I don’t recall him ever being used in a pressure situation, and I think he went like 2 weeks without pitching in September.  Still a great trade for the Tigers so far, Fister is a legit 4+ WAR pitcher.

bigmike04
3 years 4 months ago

i hope David Pauley comes back to seattle on minor league deal.. Has some sucess here..

dwarfcatt
3 years 4 months ago

Pauley want a contract?

crashcameron
3 years 4 months ago

here purcey, purcey …

verlander
3 years 4 months ago

I think right now Oliver’s the front-runner for the fifth spot.  Well, going by stats.  Who knows what the front office is really thinking.

3 years 4 months ago

this move does nothing but confuse me. they must really have not like him, or there had to have been an incident in the club house. teams just dont release pitchers who post 3.16 era’s in the american league in 76 innings.

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

He was beyond awful.

Blue387
3 years 4 months ago

The Mets could use another starter. Pauley could make Pelfrey look decent.

Twinkilling61
3 years 4 months ago

The Twins have some open bullpen jobs. We’ll take some of their trash since they took some our trash (Delmon Young) last year.

Andrew Steven
3 years 4 months ago

Mariners PLEASE get him back now!!!!!!!!

m4r1n3r
3 years 4 months ago

Good news for the M’s. Bad move by the Tigers. Pauley is a decent serviceable long relief type guy. We will probably need one of those. Pick em up Jack.

johnrhee
3 years 4 months ago

Mariners need to bring back David Pauley and release Oliver Perez.

tnt2001
3 years 4 months ago

I Wouldn’t be surprised  if the tigers were ready to make a trade for a 5th starter. Turner is struggling and smyly been good but has not seen much action. Oliver has been a big surprise but he has  a history of being inconsistent. For whats it’s worth is was a good move by the tigers, unfortunately pauley did not fit in the bullpen, I wish him the best of luck.