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Brad Eldred Released By Tigers, Signed By Club In Japan

On Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers announced that the club has released Brad Eldred so that he could sign with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan.

May 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Brad Eldred (34) hits a double during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park.  Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
May 2, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Brad Eldred (34) hits a double during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

On Tuesday afternoon, the Detroit Tigers announced that the club has released Brad Eldred from the team's Triple-A minor league affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens, so that he could sign with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan. It was evident that the two sides were about to part ways, as Eldred was a last-minute scratch in the Mud Hens' Monday night game and was seen shaking hands with teammates with his locker half-empty.

Eldred is not the first member of the Tigers organization to join the Carp, as Timo Perez, Sean Douglass, Rod Allen and Colby Lewis all played for the team after a stint in Detroit.

In order to replace Eldred's spot on the Mud Hens, the Tigers announced that they have signed infielder Jeff Baisley to a minor-league contract.

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