Signings give Tigers added depth
Two players who appeared briefly with the Detroit Tigers last season were among 12 players signed to minor-league contracts by the club on Friday.
Infielders Pete Kozma and Harold Castro, who were both outrighted off Detroit’s 40-man roster on Oct. 24, agreed to oneyear deals and given an invite to attend the Tigers main camp in spring training along with former Houston Astros’ right-hander Jose Cisnero.
The 30-year-old Kozma was a first-round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007. Kozma has also had stops with the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers. Known for his defence, Kozma appeared in 27 games for the Tigers in 2018 and batted .217 with one home run and eight runs driven in.
The 23-year-old Castro made his MLB debut with the Tigers in 2018 with a September call-up that saw him bat .300 (three-for-10) in six games with two runs scored and a stolen base. He split much of this past season with Class AA Erie and Class AAA Toledo.
The 29-year-old Cisnero appeared in 11 games for Houston in 2013 and one in 2014 before he was sidelined by elbow problems. Detroit also signed right-handed pitchers Christian Binford, who started last season with the Baltimore Orioles’ organization before being acquired by the Tigers. He spent the remainder the season with Erie. Right-handers Johan Belisario, who played for Class A West Michigan and Class A Lakeland last season, Anthony Castro, who played for Lakeland and Erie, Fernando Perez, who was with Lakeland and Erie, and Andrew Schwaab, who was signed out of the New York Yankees’ system and pitched with Erie, also agreed to one-year deals. As well, the club signed lefthanded pitchers Liarvis Breto, who pitched with Lakeland and Erie, Eudis Idrogo, who was with West Michigan and Lakeland, and Caleb Thielbar, who pitched with Erie and Toledo.
The Tigers also agreed to terms with 26-year-old catcher Chace Numata, who was in the Yankees’ system last season where he reached Class AA.
Former Cardinal Pete Kozma was among 12 players signed to minor league contracts by the Tigers.