Detroit Tigers: John Schreiber joins list of players claimed off waivers

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The Detroit Tigers have lost yet another player via waivers. This time it was right-handed pitcher John Schreiber who the Boston Red Sox claimed after being designated for assignment (DFA) following the Tigers signing of outfielder Nomar Mazara.

Schreiber is not nearly the first player to be claimed off of waivers this offseason. While clearing space on the roster, the Detroit Tigers have recently lost infielder Sergio Alcántara, who the Chicago Cubs claimed. In the winter of 2020, it was pitching prospect Anthony Castro who the Toronto Blue Jays claimed.

While losing Schreiber is not the same as losing a prospect, it is another player overhauled ahead of the 2021 season. With the Red Sox moving Chris Sale to the long-term, 60-day Injured List, it allowed them to claim Schreiber.

If anything, this claim sucks for Schreiber, who hails from Wyandotte, Michigan, and went to Carlson High School in Gibraltar, Michigan. Having to move on from the Tigers organization has to suck for the local player.

John Schreiber is just another casualty of players that the Detroit Tigers have lost via waivers ahead of 2021.

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This past season, Schreiber was able to pitch in more games than he had in 2019, where he made his professional debut.

He was a 2016 MLB First-Year Amateur Draft choice of the Tigers, who selected him in the 15th round.

In his 15.2 innings pitched last season, Schreiber was not exactly the most effective. He posted a 6.32 ERA with a 1.47 WHIP for the Tigers.

In the 2019 season, he had only totaled 13 innings pitched, where his ERA was not any favorable, being 6.23 partnered with a 1.54 WHIP.

While the on-field product has not been the most exciting, and his loss via waivers is not anything to write home about, he is another player the Tigers lost while shaping up their 40-man roster.

With a few non-roster invitees at camp like Dustin Garneau and Wily Peralta, there could be more. If any of the non-roster invitees were to make the 2021 big-league roster out of camp, the Tigers would be forced to make moves to clear room on their 40-man roster.

The last few times they have done so this offseason, the player who was DFA’d or waived was scooped up by another ballclub.

So Schreiber’s departure may not be a big deal; it almost seems like par for the course given the way things have transpired this offseason when it comes to losing players on waivers. However, the Tigers are shaping together a roster that will look to be more competitive than they were in 2020.

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The question is if things can really turn positively during the 2021 season or if they will still be downright horrible. Amid a rebuild, even a little progress counts, but there is always the chance they could take a step back.