According to the Detroit Free Press Craig Monroe has cleared waivers and has been designated for assignment giving the Tigers 10 days to waive, trade or release Monroe. Detroit also optioned utility man Omar Infante to Triple-A Toledo.
The Free Press points out "Some of the Tigers’ top prospects – including outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and right-hander Dallas Trahern – are not on the 40-man roster, and therefore could be traded at any time."
The Post-Gazette, among others, has reported Jack Wilson has cleared waivers.
Add up the two moves and the trade is coming within 10 days.
Notes from ESPN:
- Monroe signed a one-year contract for $4,775,000 in the offseason, getting a raise from $2.8 million.
- The 30-year-old Monroe was hitting only .222 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 99 games. The left fielder had been recently sidelined because of the flu.
It was rumored the original deal fell through when DL asked for Monroe as well as minor league prospect(s). With the Sheffield injury and suspension to Neffi Perez it looks as if the Tigers are desperate for a shortstop in order to move Guillen to first base.
The scary part is Infante is just the style player Dave Littlefield loves. Look out for him in place of a prospect. Infante is a 25 year old utility player who has batted .253 in 6 seasons with the Tigers. He did have 16 HR's for the Tigers in 2004. He plays all 3 outfield positions as well as 2B, SS, and 3B.