Tigers Sign Crowe, Carrera, Sanchez

The Tigers announced today that they will invite 16 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, including outfielders Trevor Crowe and Ezequiel Carrera and right-hander Eduardo Sanchez.

Crowe, 30, was selected 14th overall by the Indians in the 2005 draft. The switch-hitter spent the 2013 season with the Astros organization. A .304/.364/.368 batting line in 60 minor league games earned him a shot with the big league club, but Crowe batted just .218/.287/.291 in 181 Major League plate appearances. Though he has 888 Major League innings in center field, he has a -19.3 UZR/150 mark there for his career to go along with a -3 Defensive Runs Saved total. He does have positive defensive marks at each corner outfield position.

Carrera, 26, is also a product of the Indians organization, though he spent a month with the Phillies last season after being claimed on waivers. Cleveland claimed him back from Philadelphia exactly one month after losing the fleet-footed outfielder. Carrera had three hits in 21 big league plate appearances last season and owns a career .251/.306/.339 batting line in 405 Major League plate appearances. He's also stolen 18 bases in 24 tries. Most of his 2013 campaign was spent in Triple-A Columbus, where he has a career line of .275/.340/.365 with 124 stolen bases in 389 games.

Sanchez, 24, made an impressive Major League debut with the Cardinals in 2011, posting a 1.80 ERA with 10.5 K/9 and 4.8 BB/9 in 30 innings of relief. His high walk rate got the best of him, however, as he's walked 18 batters in just 21 1/3 big league innings since (coming between the Cardinals and Cubs). Sanchez spent most of 2013 in the Cubs organization, and although he posted a solid 3.38 ERA in 40 innings at Triple-A, he also averaged 5.2 walks per nine innings.

9 Responses to Tigers Sign Crowe, Carrera, Sanchez Leave a Reply

  1. JacksTigers 2 years ago

    I like these moves.

  2. Noah Eli 2 years ago

    Eduardo Sanchez was a great minor league signing.

  3. Zachary Eick 2 years ago

    the rooster “Crowes” one last time for Trevor, let’s see how this goes…

  4. Devin Ruffner 2 years ago

    strange seeing the tigers sign the indians’ old scraps..

  5. Ferrariman 2 years ago

    Sanchez had some of the most electric stuff i’ve ever seen from a cardinals pitcher, right up there with Martinez and Rosenthal. Shoulder problems got the best of his promising career..

    • FunkyTime 2 years ago

      Sounds like a poor man’s Al Al, who has probably THE most electric stuff I’ve ever seen, but walks are the issue with him too.

      But as long as he’s striking out 13/9, he’s still a valuable piece. Especially if the new manager will use him in select spots where a strikeout is needed and a walk doesn’t hurt so badly (i.e. man on 3rd, less than 2 outs, with an open base), which is something Leyland never did.

  6. Tigers72 2 years ago

    Always like Carrera but not when he broke up Fisters no no with a triple.

  7. Shin_Soo_Choo 2 years ago

    Damn. Hate to see Carrera sign with the dreaded Tigers. He is a burner and hit pretty well in Cleveland last year.

  8. JacksTigers 2 years ago

    Yes. Because signing guys to minor league contracts really stops them from being good.

    /rolls eyes

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