The Tigers have outrighted first baseman Ryan Strieby to Triple-A Toledo, thus removing him from their 40-man roster. The first thought some might have is that it could signal a trade or free agent signing. However, there is usually no need to open up a spot before a trade or a signing because it takes a couple of days for a physical and paperwork to be complete. A more likely reason for his removal might be that the Tigers plan to participate in Thursday's Rule 5 draft.
The 25-year-old Strieby batted .255/.341/.429 for Triple-A Toledo last season. He was once regarded as one of the Tigers best hitting prospects, but his career has been derailed by a persistent wrist injury since 2009. There is a decent chance some team will take a chance on him in the Rule 5 draft.