TAMPA — With the addition of left-hander Francisco Liriano, who signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers on Friday afternoon, the team designated left-handed reliever Jairo Labourt for assignment.
Labourt, 23, came to the Tigers in their 2015 trade deadline deal with the Blue Jays for left-hander David Price. Labourt only saw limited time with the Tigers in September last season, making six appearances. He allowed three runs on four hits, walked seven and struck out four.
He will be exposed to waivers and if he clears – which is likely – will be assigned to the minor leagues.
Labourt was one of a number of unproven pitchers the Tigers could have chosen to remove from the 40-man roster. He is known for having a big arm, but so far has lacked the control necessary for sustained success. He threw in the team’s exhibition opener against Florida Southern on Thursday.
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Minor-league signing: The Tigers signed right-handed pitcher Louis Coleman to a minor-league deal on Thursday afternoon, according to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo. Coleman, 31, spent last season in Triple-A with the Diamondbacks and Reds. In six seasons with the Royals and Dodgers, he has posted a 3.51 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. He is years removed from his best seasons, which came in 2011-12, when he posted a 3.25 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.
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