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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  1. Dan Mazzaro 3 years ago

    Not even a reassignment to minor league camp..ouch

    • verlander 3 years ago

      Yep, he was that bad this spring.

      •  “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 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 ago

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

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

        • Pawsdeep 3 years 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.

  2. LongGone6 3 years 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 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 ago

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

        • m4r1n3r 3 years 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 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 ago

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

  3. 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 ago

      What hype did purcey come with?

      • JacksTigers 3 years ago

        He had a little hype.

      •  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. 

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

      • RationalSportsFan 3 years ago

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

  4. JacksTigers 3 years ago

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

  5. tiger313 3 years 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 ago

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

      • tiger313 3 years 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 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 ago

         I would call that the shortest leash ever

    • LiveFastCyYoung 3 years ago

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

      • tiger313 3 years ago

        If Oliver keeps it up, Leyland has no choice.

      • verlander 3 years 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 ago

      I’lltake Smyly!

  6. LiveFastCyYoung 3 years ago

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

  7. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years 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 ago

      his whip wasn’t too bad in seattle.

      • Pawsdeep 3 years ago

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

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

  8. I wonder if there was some nonbaseball reason for release

  9. 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 ago

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

  10. 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.

  11. bigmike04 3 years ago

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

  12. dwarfcatt 3 years ago

    Pauley want a contract?

  13. verlander 3 years 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Blue387 3 years ago

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

  16. Twinkilling61 3 years 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.

  17. Andrew Steven 3 years ago

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

  18. m4r1n3r 3 years 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.

  19. Marinersforever71 3 years ago

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

  20. tnt2001 3 years 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.

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