Posted by: Larry Smith Jr. | January 27, 2010

Tigers Remove Larish From 40-Man Roster

The other day the Detroit Tigers lopped First Baseman Jeff Larish off of their 40-man roster in order to make room for Jose Valverde. It seems clear that they’re not sold on a role for Larish, who missed the end of last season with a wrist injury but is expected to be back this year.

A fifth round pick of the Tigers in 2005, Larish has had a strong minor league career but has struggled finding a role in Detroit with Miguel Cabrera (who is younger than Larish) firmly entrenched at first base. His status is further compromised with Ryan Strieby (also younger) coming up behind him in the organization. He hit his high water mark in 2007 when he posted a 267/390/515 line with Erie (good for a wRC+ of 143) and managed to put up a decent season for Toledo in 2008 but still seems to be defining himself as a player.

At 27 entering this season, he’s at a now or never time in his career and he’s coming off of an injury and being blocked up above and chased from behind. While its possible he could still be a useful player and potentially even a middle-of-the-road starting first baseman in the MLB, it almost certainly won’t happen in Detroit and therefore the Tigers elected to remove him from the 40-man roster. It seems like he’ll have an opportunity to earn his way back on it (as well as the 25-man) in the spring. In all, mostly a nothing move for Detroit at this stage. I’ve always been personally high on Larish but this is a move that makes sense for the Tigers.



  1. Thanks Lee! I appreciate it!

  2. Larry, it’s good to see you have a blog. You’re an excellent writer and it’s good to see all of your baseball stuff in one place.


  3. Yep, I started on it earlier this month for many reasons, the greatest of which being so that I could consolidate my baseball thoughts in one place. Thanks for the support!

  4. You got a blog now? Nice to see. Keep up the good work.

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