The Tigers announced they’ve acquired catcher Dustin Garneau from the Rockies in exchange for cash considerations. Garneau was on a minor league deal and hasn’t played in the majors this season, which is why he was eligible to be traded even after the July 30 deadline. That’s about to change, however, as Detroit immediately selected Garneau to the big leagues, optioning outfielder Jacob Robson to Triple-A Toledo in a corresponding move. To clear space on the 40-man roster, Detroit transferred catcher Jake Rogers from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list.
Garneau signed a minor league deal with Detroit over the offseason. He missed a good bit of the season due to a wrist fracture and exercised an opt-out in his minor league deal last month after just 60 plate appearances with Toledo. The 34-year-old hooked on with the Rockies — his first big league organization — on a minor league deal in late July.
Assigned to their top affiliate in Albuquerque, Garneau has gone on to hit .229/.357/.400. That’s not overwhelming production, but the Tigers are obviously familiar with Garneau from his earlier stint in the organization. With teams’ options to acquire players rather limited, it’s understandable Detroit circled back to a respected veteran backstop who has some Spring Training and Triple-A experience working with members of their pitching staff. The cash was likely a nominal consideration for the Rockies, but there’s little harm for Colorado in allowing Garneau to get a big league opportunity elsewhere if they weren’t prepared to offer him one themselves.
Tigers starting catcher Eric Haase is unavailable this evening after leaving last night’s game with low back tightness. That left Grayson Greiner as the only viable defensive catcher on the roster, so the Tigers acted quickly to bring in Garneau for depth.
Rogers was part of that catching group earlier this season, but he hasn’t played since landing on the injured list on July 17 with a pronator strain in his right arm. Today’s IL transfer rules him out for sixty days from the date of his original placement, so he can’t return to the big leagues until mid-September at the earliest.