One of the reasons the Detroit Tigers were so weak at catcher last season is that Mike Rabelo, who proved himself a dependable, though low-hitting (.256/.300/.357 in 2007), back-up to Pudge Rodriguez, was among the six players that went to the Florida Marlins in the Miguel Cabrera-Dontrelle Willis trade.
But Rabelo could be available to return to the Tigers, now that the Marlins have placed him on outright waivers. If he isn't claimed within 72 hours - which seems rather likely, given that he'd have to be added to the 40-man roster - Rabelo can either report to Florida's Triple-A team in New Orleans or refuse the assignment and become a free agent.
This past season with the Marlins, Rabelo hit .202/.256/.304 in just 34 games (122 plate appearances). Defensively, he threw out 23.8% of opposing basestealers, but wasn't very good with blocking pitches.
However, Rabelo fought injuries all year after a collision with Washington's Austin Kearns in Spring Training that banged up his left knee and hip. By June, he was sent down to Triple-A. Rabelo only played nine games, however (along with another eight in Single-A), before sitting down with an injury to his right wrist that eventually put him on the 60-day DL.
So could the switch-hitting Rabelo (.230/.273/.322 against righties in his career) form a platoon with Dusty Ryan? Or should the Tigers keep looking at more proven veterans capable of being the starter?
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