Found March 13, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Brennan Boesch
TEAMS: Detroit Tigers
I remember when the Detroit Tigers originally called Brennan Boesch up in 2010. I commented to my readers at the time that he had the look of a guy who would never get sent back down. Brennan Boesch Today, the Tigers have released him. The move ends a run of inconsistency, injury, promise, and disappointment. Over bits and pieces of 3 seasons in Detroit, Boesch hit .259 with 42 homers. Detroit gave him an extended run as the regular right fielder in 2012 and he could never make it work, posting a career-worst .240 batting average. Despite that, the Tigers tendered him a $2.3M contract this offseason, still believing in his promise. By released him now the Tigers only have to eat $383,333 of the deal. This spring Boesch was battling for a bench role on Detroit with the likes of Quintin Berry, Don Kelly, and Jeff Kobernus. He was injured coming into camp and just started playing in games last week. Clearly, the Tigers weren’t thrilled by what they saw. GM Dave Dombrowski commented that he had, “a half dozen clubs ask about him”, but nobody stepped up and made an offer. Now he is fair game, and at age 27 with what some teams see as still untapped potential, he is sure to get a look. With Boesch released the possibilities as to the Tigers’ 4-man bench decrease by one. Backing up Alex Avila will most likely be Brayan Pena. The utility infield gig is a dogfight between Danny Worth and Ramon Santiago. The 1-year Santiago has left on his deal gives him an edge but increased offense this spring from Worth and a vastly better defensive game make him the wise choice. The Tigers have given rule 5 pickup Jeff Kobernus every chance to impress this spring and he has done that. If camp were to break right now I’d put my money and him and Don Kelly earning roster spots. The one thing fans will fear with Boesch is that he latches on somewhere too close for comfort and finally realizes that vast potential. The Tigers just weren’t willing to wait any longer. To receive an email each time a new Tigers article is published, fill out the Email Notification Form [Follow me on Twitter @isportsJoe]

Report: Red Sox Talking Internally About Recently Released Outfielder Brennan Boesch

The Red Sox spent much of the offseason looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder. With less than three weeks before Opening Day, a new one has become available. The Tigers released Brennan Boesch on Wednesday, and according to The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham, the Red Sox are discussing the outfielder internally to determine whether he’d be an upgrade to their bench. Boesch...

Brennan Boesch rumors: Yankees, Red Sox, Mets, Astros

Since being released by the Detroit Tigers yesterday, outfielder Brennan Boesch has generated at least some level of interest from multiple teams, including the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and New York Mets. The Mets interest in Boesch appears to be marginal, according to Mike Puma of The New York Post. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman believed New York...

With outfield surplus, Tigers release Boesch

In many ways, the writing has been on the wall for Brennan Boesch since the end of last season. After a miserable year in which Boesch failed to reach expectations, hitting just .240 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs in 132 games, Boesch was left off the postseason roster. On Wednesday, the Tigers gave Boesch his unconditional release. "As we've gone through this, Andy Dirks...

Brennan Boesch on Yanks radar

The list of outfielders competing for the vacant position left by the injured Curtis Granderson could grow, as Jon Heyman of CBSsports reports that the Yankees will consider looking at freshly released Brennan Boesch. Earlier this  morning the Tigers released Boesch, allowing him to a become a free agent should he clear waivers. If Boesch does clear waivers, the Tigers would owe...

Tigers realease Boesch

Brennan Boesch's days with the Detroit Tigers are over. The Tigers released the 27-year-old outfielder Wednesday morning. Boesch suffered an oblique injury during batting practice early in spring training, which limited his playing time. He had been competing with Andy Dirks, Quintin Berry, Avisail Garcia, Jeff Kobernus and Nick Castellanos for a job in left field. "There...

Brennan Boesch Is Certainly Worth A Look For The Mets

We’re heading into the time in spring training when players get released, and the Mets should be all over this: Brennan Boesch was released this morning by the Tigers. He’s an outfielder. He has some power. And, he’s still breathing. What’s not to like? And, he’s coming off a strained oblique muscle, so he should fit right in with the Mets. Boesch is a lifetime .259...

Mets Should Have Interest In Brennan Boesch

We’re heading into the time in spring training when players get released, and the Mets should be all over this: Brennan Boesch was released this morning by the Tigers. BOESCH: Worth a look He’s an outfielder. He has some power. And, he’s still breathing. What’s not to like? And, he’s coming off a strained oblique muscle, so he should fit right in with the Mets. Boesch is...

WTKA Podcast: Wezner Talks Boesch Release

The Tigers released outfielder Brennan Boesch on Wednesday. Paul Wezner went on the Michigan Insider on WTKA 1050 to talk about the decision to save $1.9 million and the impact on the roster.

Tigers Cut Ties With OF Boesch

LAKELAND, Florida – The Detroit Tigers have officially cut ties with estranged outfielder Brennan Boesch. With the signing of OF Torii Hunter in the off-season, there were no remaining open spots in the Tiger outfield. Andy Dirks and Quintin Berry are in line to compete for the left field spot. Dave Dombrowski has been trying [...]

Reversing Course

I recently brought you a suggestion to trade Frangag Frantsisk to the Tigers to get outfielder Brennan Boesch. So at first glance you would think I would be all over this new news that Detroit has outright released Boesch to start the "Bring Boesch to Flushing" campaign. But since my mind is kinda like that of a high schooler, now I'm not so sure this is such a...

Brennan Boesch released

The Detroit Tigers have said farewell to Brennan Boesch. He showed potential for the big leagues when he was called up three years ago, but since then hasn't delivered that potential. Cutting Brennan Boesch makes perfect sense with Andy Dirks leading the left field starting job with Austin Jackson in center and Torii Hunter in right field. Far as the back-up role the Tigers have...

Podcast: Boesch, Rule 5 Picks, Steven Moya

In the latest podcast, the staff breaks down the decision around releasing Brennan Boesch, as well as its impact on the rest of the bench roles. They also break down the two Rule 5 selections and how they're being impacted by other moving parts, and finally, what's the deal with Steven Moya?
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