Haase cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.
Haase was recently removed from Detroit's 40-man roster to make room for right-hander Jose Urena, and he went unclaimed on waivers. The catcher appeared in seven games for the Tigers late in the 2020 season, logging eight hits with two RBI and six strikeouts over 17 at-bats.
Haase is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Saturday's game against Cleveland.
Haase was recently called up to replace Grayson Greiner as the Tigers' backup catcher and will make his second start of the season Saturday. Austin Romine is nursing a wrist contusion after being hit by a pitch Friday, so Haase could pick up a little playing time in the short term, though Romine's injury does not appear to be serious and he is reportedly available off the bench Saturday.
Haase was recalled by the Tigers on Tuesday.
Haase will take the backup catcher spot that had belonged to Grayson Greiner, who was optioned in a corresponding move. With a small role and a career -19 wRC+ (in a tiny sample of 34 plate appearances), he's unlikely to have much fantasy appeal.
The Tigers optioned Haase to their alternative training site Monday.
The transaction officially ends Haase's bid for a spot on the active 30-man Opening Day roster, and the backstop could be at risk of losing his spot on the 40-man roster as well if the Tigers add other players before the start of the season. Detroit appears set to proceed with Austin Romine and Grayson Greiner as its top two catchers.
Haase could potentially lose his spot on the 40-man roster as the Tigers add players before the start of the season, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Haase was thought to have the inside track on being the backup catcher during spring training, but Woodbery notes that Grayson Greiner will fill that role. That could put Haase's 40-man spot in jeopardy as the Tigers might need spots for the likes of Jordy Mercer, Jorge Bonifacio and a handful of pitchers. If Haase does get squeezed out of a regular roster spot, he could still end up on the team's three-player taxi squad for road trips as MLB rules stipulate that at least one taxi squad player is a catcher.
Haase is one of six catchers in the Tigers' 60-man player pool this season.
Haase seemed to have a leg up on Grayson Greiner for the backup job before play was suspended, with Austin Romine set as the starter. Those three have been joined in camp by Jake Rogers, Brady Policelli and 2020 draftee Dillon Dingler. The latter group figures to work in more of a developmental fashion, though Rogers has appeared in the majors and could push both Haase and Greiner for playing time.
Haase and fellow catcher Grayson Greiner could both make the team behind starter Austin Romine when the regular season is able to begin, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Haase seems to have the leg up on Greiner for the backup catcher role, but with a compacted schedule on the horizon and rosters likely being expanded to include as many as 30 players, many teams may opt to carry three catchers. It remains to be seen how playing time will shake out once the regular season is able to begin, but Haase won't have a ton of fantasy value unless he's starting more often than not.
Haase hit a two-run home run in his only at-bat during Thursday's Grapefruit League contest against the Rays.
Haase is competing for a reserve role with the Tigers, though he's likely behind both Austin Romine and Grayson Greiner at catcher, making it likely that he starts the season at Triple-A Toledo. The 27-year-old has played just 19 games at the MLB level, though he showed some pop in 102 games for Triple-A Columbus last season, hitting 28 home runs.
Haase was traded from Cleveland to Detroit in exchange for cash considerations Wednesday.
Trades between division rivals aren't common, but Cleveland likely isn't worried about trading a player who was recently designated for assignment to a team which won 47 games last season. Haase has played just 19 major-league games but showed good power in 102 games for Triple-A Columbus last season, hitting 28 homers with a lopsided .226/.315/.517 slash line.
Haase was designated for assignment by the Indians on Sunday.
Haase appeared in 10 games (17 plate appearances) with the Indians in 2019 and went 1-for-16 with a home run, three RBI and eight strikeouts. Cleveland already has a solid major-league catching duo with Roberto Perez and the recently signed Sandy Leon.
Haase was recalled from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports.
Haase made a brief appearance with the Indians in May but has otherwise played with Columbus this season. He's struck out at a 35.4 percent clip across 401 plate appearances but has balanced that somewhat by blasting 28 homers. Regardless, he's likely to serve only as depth behind Roberto Perez and Kevin Plawecki to close the season.
Haase was optioned to Triple-A Columbus.
Now that Roberto Perez (concussion) is healthy, the Indians will send Haase back to Triple-A to continue to serve as organizational depth.
The Indians recalled Haase from Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Though top backstop Roberto Perez was diagnosed with a concussion following his departure from Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Athletics, he's already made noteworthy progress in his recovery and isn't expected to require a stint on the 7-day injured list. That said, Perez is unlikely to be available for at least a couple days, so Haase will move up to the big club to provide some extra depth at catcher behind Kevin Plawecki.
Haase was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday.
The Indians are going with a combination of Roberto Perez and Kevin Plawecki behind the dish, leaving Haase to open the season in the minors. The 26-year-old backstop hit a solid .364/.375/.727 with two homers and 10 RBI through 19 Cactus League games.
Haase has gone 4-for-10 with a homer so far this spring.
Haase isn't a particularly highly rated prospect, though he has shown some power in the minors, hitting 27 homers in just 97 games in 2017 and adding 20 more in 120 games last season. He's behind two established veterans in Roberto Perez and Kevin Plawecki, but neither has a strong enough track record to where it would be impossible to see Haase beat them out for a roster spot.
Haase was called up from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday.
Haase makes his way to the majors for the first time in his career after posting a .236/.288/.443 slash line with 20 home runs in 433 at-bats for the Clippers. The 25-year-old may garner a few starts with the Indians but is likely to serve in a reserve role in the midst of a playoff push.
Haase left Wednesday's game for Triple-A Columbus with a migraine.
Given that Haase is a catcher, it made sense to remove him as soon as he felt symptoms (after only one inning), before he risked taking a foul tip to the head. The 25-year-old catcher has some significant raw power, but has had trouble making contact at every stop of the minors. He is hitting just .217/.282/.345 with five home runs and a 29.6 percent strikeout rate in 260 plate appearances in his first full season at Triple-A.
Haase was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Monday, T.J. Zuppe of The Athletic Cleveland reports.
Haase has held his own this spring, hitting .250/.348/.750 with three homers in 23 plate appearances, but he was never expected to break camp with the Indians with Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes ahead of him at the major-league level. Instead he'll report back to Columbus to open the season, where he should spend the majority of the campaign after working mostly with Double-A Akron in 2017.
Haase was added to the Indians' 40-man roster Monday.
The move was made to protect Haase from the Rule 5 draft. The 24-year-old hit .258/.349/.574 with 26 homers in 95 games for Double-A Akron last season. With top-prospect Francisco Mejia and Yan Gomes ahead of him on the depth chart, Haase currently doesn't have a clear path to the majors at catcher.
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