Tigers trade Dlugach, outright Bonine, three others
Brent Dlugach began the year as a potential Tigers infield prospect in
the upper ranks of their farm system, and went into the season as
somebody to watch after an impressive Spring Training. Now, he’s part of
the Red Sox ranks, having been traded Thursday as part of the Tigers’
moves take four Minor League free agents off their 40-man roster.
Also removed from the roster were right-handers Eddie Bonine and Jay
Sborz, catcher Max St. Pierre and outfielder Jeff Frazier. All of them
were outrighted to Triple-A Toledo, making them eligible to become
six-year minor league free agents. Bonine elected to become a free agent
immediately, while the others will become free agents on Nov. 6.
Of the group, Bonine had by far the most time in the big leagues this
year, having spent the entire season in Detroit’s bullpen. The
29-year-old knuckleballer went 4-1 with a 4.63 ERA in 47 appearances,
all but one of them in relief.
Bonine went into the All-Star break with a 4-0 record and a 2.81 ERA
before struggling down the stretch, allowing 22 earned runs on 47 hits
over 26 1/3 innings. Opponents batted .395 against him after the break.
He was inconsistent with his knuckleball, especially late in the season,
and hitters began to simply sit on his fastball.
Dlugach was briefly seen as a potential shortstop option, but a slow
start at Triple-A Toledo and a high strikeout total left him looking up
at the big leagues. He batted .258 for the year with the Mud Hens with
six home runs, 41 RBIs, 12 stolen bases and 149 strikeouts over 117
The Red Sox will send over a player to be named later or cash as part of the trade.
St. Pierre finally made it to the big leagues after 14 years in the
Minor Leagues, all but one of them in the Tigers organization. He’ll
most likely have a spot back in the system if he wants it, but it
remains to be seen what he wants to do.
– Jason Beck