The Tigers transferred Dolis's rights to the Hanshin Tigers of the NPB for cash considerations Friday. He was on a minor league deal with the Tigers, but the righty reliever will take his talents to Japan for 2016.
Dolis signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Friday that includes an invite to Major League spring training. Dolis made 43 relief appearances at Triple-A Toledo in 2015, posting a 4.61 ERA to go with a 1.58 WHIP and 1.29 K:BB rate. He has received an invite to the Tigers' spring training, but right-hander will need to improve at keeping runners off base to have a real shot at making the roster in all likelihood.
The Tigers announced Thursday they optioned Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo. They also reassigned pitcher Rafael Dolis to minor-league camp. Manager Brad Ausmus said Farmer will stretch out as a starter at Toledo. "We think he has a very bright future," Ausmus said of the 24-year-old. "He's quite a bit ahead of schedule, if you look at his career path." Dolis is expected to end up in the bullpen at Toledo. "He actually has great stuff," Ausmus said. "He has a lot of movement on his fastball. He throws in the mid-90s with a good split. We were really considering him for a while."
The Giants re-assigned right-handers Kyle Crick, Clayton Blackburn, Chris Heston, Jose Casilla, Sandy Rosario and Rafael Dolis, catchers Jeff Arnold and Ben Turner, outfielders Mac Williamson and Javier Herrera, left-handers Ty Blach and infielder Joe Panik to minor-league camp on Thursday.
The Giants have signed pitcher Rafael Dolis to a minor-league deal. Dolis had been with the Cubs, but was outrighted off the 40-man roster earlier in the offseason. He has a 5.48 ERA in 44 1/3 career innings.
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