Dustin Molleken made his MLB debut as a 31-year-old in 2016, though he spent most of his time with Triple-A Toledo. In his 8.1 innings, he posted a 4.32 ERA, slightly higher than his 3.58 Triple-A ERA. Molleken's walk rate is obviously a factor in what is holding him back, as he failed to post a walk rate below 4.25 BB/9 in his last three seasons of Triple-A ball. His 2016 walk rate was 4.49 BB/9 with Toledo and 5.40 BB/9 with the Tigers. He elected for free agency this offseason after being sent outright to Triple-A, though it's doubtful many teams will be clamoring to get their hands on a 32-year-old who spent the last five seasons in Triple-A. If he can begin to lessen his walk totals, it would go a long way in helping him latch on with another major league club.
Molleken has signed a minor league contract with the Tigers that includes an invite to spring training. Molleken finally broke through to the majors in 2016 after being stuck at the Triple-A level for five-plus seasons, making four appearances out of the Tigers' bullpen. He will attempt to work his way into the discussion for a major league role again in spring training, but it's likely Molleken begins the year back at Toledo.
Molleken elected free agency after being sent outright to Triple-A Toledo. Molleken's career stagnated at Triple-A over the past few years, and even though he broke through to the big leagues in 2016 for a brief period of time, his performance was less than impressive. At 32 years old, he'll command very little on the free agent market and will likely act as organizational depth going forward.
Molleken was optioned to Triple-A Toledo Wednesday, Matthew B. Mowery of The Oakland Press reports. Molleken was called up from Toledo on July 4, and pitched in four games for the Tigers. He posted a 4.32 ERA in 8.1 innings. Jordan Zimmermann was subsequently recalled to replace him.
Molleken was optioned back to Triple-A following Wednesday's game against the Mariners. Molleken didn't see any action in his short stint with the Tigers, but he was the roster casualty for the team's recall of Daniel Norris for Thursday's start. The 31-year-old Molleken will continue his work at Triple-A still in search of his first major league appearance.
Molleken was called up from Triple-A Toledo, John Wagner of The Blade reports. Molleken has a 3.76 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 38.1 innings pitched. The reliever will likely join the bullpen and be used for organizational depth.
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