Tigers Finalize 40 Man Roster

The Detroit Tigers have finalized their 40 man roster with the following transactions:

Purchased Contracts of:
Don Kelly
Joel Zumaya
Kyle Sleeth
Humberto Sanchez
Eulogio De La Cruz
Jordan Tata
Brent Clevlen
Kody Kirkland

Outrighted to Toledo contracts of:
Adam Peterson
Colby Lewis

The roster now stands at 40 players. The biggest omission is probably David Espinosa who the Tigers stand a decent chance of losing in the Rule 5 draft. Speaking of the Rule 5 draft, with the Tigers roster full, I believe that excludes them from participating.

To the best of my knowledge, this represents the Tigers current 40 man roster:

Player 2006 Contract Status Options

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Kenny Baugh Indentured Servant Yes
Roman Colon Indentured Servant Yes
Craig Dingman Indentured Servant No
Franklyn German Indentured Servant No
Jason Grilli Indentured Servant No
Preston Larrison Indentured Servant Yes
Wilfredo Ledezma Indentured Servant Yes
Nate Robertson Indentured Servant Yes
Fernando Rodney Indentured Servant Yes
Chris Spurling Indentured Servant Yes
Mark Woodyard Indentured Servant Yes
Tony Giarratano Indentured Servant Yes
Omar Infante Indentured Servant Yes
Ryan Raburn Indentured Servant Yes
Chris Shelton Indentured Servant Yes
C. Granderson Indentured Servant Yes
Nook Logan Indentured Servant Yes
Marcus Thames Indentured Servant No
Don Kelly Indentured Servant Yes
Joel Zumaya Indentured Servant Yes
Kyle Sleeth Indentured Servant Yes
Humberto Sanchez Indentured Servant Yes
E. De La Cruz Indentured Servant Yes
Jordan Tata Indentured Servant Yes
Brent Clevlen Indentured Servant Yes
Kody Kirkland Indentured Servant Yes

Jeremy Bonderman Arbitration Eligible Yes
Mike Maroth Arbitration Eligible Yes
Vance Wilson Arbitration Eligible No
Brandon Inge Arbitration Eligible No
Carlos Pena Arbitration Eligible No
Craig Monroe Arbitration Eligible Yes

Troy Percival Signed No
Justin Verlander Signed Yes
Jamie Walker Signed No
Ivan Rodriguez Signed No
Carlos Guillen Signed No
Placido Polanco Signed No
Magglio Ordonez Signed No
Dmitri Young Signed No


  1. Ian C.

    November 18, 2005 at 2:35 pm

    So can we finally render a verdict on the Brian Moehler-for-David Espinosa (and others) trade? If he’s left for the Rule V draft and lost to another team, is this a deal that Dombrowski flopped on?

  2. Jeff M

    November 18, 2005 at 3:52 pm


    Ultimately, it didn’t work out in our benefit, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad trade. You always take that chance when you deal for a prospect. Besides, we’ll get $50k if he’s taken in the draft.

  3. Mike

    November 18, 2005 at 9:02 pm

    Also, what sort of career has Moehler had since the trade, especially with Reds? 9-16 with a 5.34 ERA in 50 games with 37 starts overall 2-4 and a 6.02 ERA in 10 games with the Reds.

    At worst, the deal is a wash. At best, the Tigers lost little and gained a solid farm hand that filled a minor league outfield slot.

  4. jeff k

    November 21, 2005 at 10:36 am

    Didn’t we trade away Noochie Varner for somebody else? Varner was the PTBNL, I thought.

  5. jeff k

    November 21, 2005 at 10:36 am

    …the PTBNL in the Moehler trade, that is.

  6. billfer

    November 21, 2005 at 11:24 am

    I don’t think it was a bad trade. Espinosa had, and still has potential. Moheler’s renaissance this year in Florida was probably the most unexpected outcome.

    As for Noochie Varner, I haven’t researched this but I thought he was part of the Alex Sanchez trade.

  7. Boston Fan in Michigan

    November 21, 2005 at 11:56 am

    Is ‘indentured servant’ the technical term? 😛

    Little worried ’bout Espinosa. Can we really afford to drop him?

  8. Mike

    November 21, 2005 at 10:33 pm

    I think we could aford to lose Espinosa. We have Nook and Granderson in center, Maggs in right, and Thames and Monroe in left. Plus Leyland sees Omar playing in the outfield as well. There really isn’t a lot of room for Espinosa at the moment.

    Of course, a really big trade could change that (Could the Yankees really give up Pavano for Craig Monroe?)

  9. Brian A.

    November 22, 2005 at 4:22 pm

    I’m not sure if I’d want Pavano even if the Yankees wanted to part with him.

  10. jeff k

    November 23, 2005 at 10:26 am

    Dead-on as per usual, billfer…

    “May 27, 2003: Alex Sanchez traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Detroit Tigers for Chad Petty (minors) and Noochie Varner (minors).”

  11. jeff k

    November 23, 2005 at 10:35 am

    But wait, there’s more:

    “July 23, 2002: Brian Moehler traded by the Detroit Tigers with Matt Boone (minors) and cash to the Cincinnati Reds for players to be named later and David Espinosa (minors). The Cincinnati Reds sent Noochie Varner (minors) (August 30, 2002) and Jorge Cordova (minors) (September 24, 2002) to the Detroit Tigers to complete the trade.”

    Umm… Who the hell is Jorge Cordova?

  12. Edman85

    November 23, 2005 at 11:01 am

    Jorge Cordova flopped out after some injuries. I don’t see how anybody can say that is a bad deal because of Moehler’s success this year. Was it a bad move not to sign him to a Minor League deal last year? Yeah, trading him? No.