The Detroit Tigers have reacquired left-handed relief pitcher, Daniel Schlereth, from the Pittsburgh Pirates and assigned him to Triple-A Toledo, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The move immediately raises two questions in the minds of Tiger fans who watched Schlereth with the Tigers from 2010 to 2012: A) For what, and B) Why? The Tigers have acquired Schlereth for cash considerations, according to confirmed sources through MLB's Jason Beck.
Schlereth has posted a record of 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA and a WHIP of 1.93 in 21 appearances for Triple-A Indianapolis in 2014. He last pitched in the major leagues for Detroit in 2012, when he posted a 10.29 ERA, an FIP of 9.10 and a WHIP of 2.17. Over his three seasons in Detroit, he had an ERA of 3.98 and a WHIP of 1.55 in 73 games.
Schlereth had significant issues with control. He couldn't find the plate and, when he did, batters teed off on him. The former first round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks came to Detroit in the deal that also brought Max Scherzer, Phil Coke and Austin Jackson, in exchange for Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson.
The Tigers are in need of bullpen help. Having recently recalled left-handed relievers Pat McCoy and Blaine Hardy, as well as right-handed reliever Chad Smith from their minor league system, Schlereth will provide organizational depth. The 28 year old is the son of former NFL player and ESPN commentator, Mark Schlereth.