Tigers trim roster by fiveNews: The Tigers assigned catcher Robinzon Diaz, first baseman Jeff Larish, relievers Robbie Weinhardt and Josh Rainwater to the minor leagues Tuesday. Shortstop Brent Dlugach was optioned to Triple-A. The cuts made it official that rookie catcher Alex Avila has made the team as a backtop to Gerald Laird. "I'm super excited to be able to continue to develop at the major league level rather than in the minor leagues," Avila told the MLive.com. "Now I can continue to learn from Gerald, and catch Justin, Max and Rick." Analysis: Dlugach and Larish could help the Tigers this season with their pop, but they really aren't long-term keeper-quality prospects. Diaz, Weinhardt and Rainwater would have too limited of roles to help Fantasy owners if they are called up. Ignore these guys on Draft Day.
Tigers extend spring training invitesNews: The Tigers announced the following minor league invites to spring training: outfielder Ryan Patterson; infielders Jason F. Stokes, Kory Casto, Santo De Leon and Cesar Nicolas; catchers Robinzon Diaz, Mike Rabelo, Max Pierre and Andy Bouchie; and pitchers Phil Dumatrait, Enrique Gonzalez, Ryan Ketchner, Ruddy Lugo, Macay McBride, Sam Narron, Josh Rainwater and Jason Waddell. Analysis: These players are nothing more than organizational depth at this point. Ignore them in all Fantasy leagues. We fully expect them to open the year in the minors.