The Tigers announced that left-hander Zach Logue, who was designated for assignment earlier this week, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo. He has the right to reject that assignment and elect free agency, though it’s not yet clear if he’s chosen to do so or not.
Logue, 27, first came to the Tigers in the offseason when they claimed him off waivers from the A’s. Detroit then put him back on waivers in the following days, with Logue passing through, thus sticking in the organization without occupying a roster spot.
He got his roster spot back in late June and made three long relief appearances for the big league club, tossing a combined 11 innings in those with nine earned runs allowed. The results haven’t been much better in Triple-A, as he’s tossed 63 2/3 innings at that level this year with a 6.22 ERA. There might be a bit of bad luck in there when looking at his .344 batting average on balls in play and 69% strand rate, but his 20.7% strikeout rate, 11.2% walk rate and 39.1% ground ball rate are all subpar.
Since this is his second outright, he’ll have the ability to reject this assignment and elect free agency. All 29 teams just passed on the chance to grab him for free, so it’s possible his market is limited and he might just stay with the Tigers. Though if he were to opt for the open market, he could have some agency in choosing his employer and the organization he thinks is the best fit. Even if he were to accept, he would reach minor league free agency at the end of the season if not added back onto the roster.