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.
Tigers organization has released Brad Eldred from Toledo. He has elected to sign with Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan.— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) June 19, 2012
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.
Tigers have signed INF Jeff Baisley to a minor league contract and added him to Triple A Toledo roster. #tigers— Brian Britten (@BBritten_Tigers) June 19, 2012