The Tigers have acquired minor league outfielder Jason Tyner from the Milwaukee Brewers, team officials said today. Tyner will report to Triple-A Toledo and take the roster spot of Ryan Raburn, who was promoted to the majors today.
Jason Tyner is among the least valuable players in recent baseball history. He has hit one home run in 1,467 career Major League plate appearances and only three more in more than 3,300 minor league plate appearances. If he has been brought in a AAA roster fodder, hey, great. If he's starting any games for Detroit before they're mathematically eliminated, however, someone should probably be arrested. In all of this -- both the Thames injury and the Tyner deal -- makes the decision to let Gary Sheffield go seem a little less wise in hindsight.