Don Kelly 1B/3B.. DET 2 Months
Kelly declined his outright to Triple-A Toledo, and will become a free agent, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Kelly said he's not ruling out a return to Detroit, so it's possible that he'll sign with the team he's played for over the past six seasons. At 35 by the time the 2015 season starts, and with a career .232 average, he may have to earn his major league roster spot in spring training regardless of where he signs.
Don Kelly 1B/3B.. DET 2 Months
Kelly was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Friday.
The Tigers were simply clearing a spot on the 40-man roster. If Kelly passes through waivers, he will continue to provide the Tigers with outfield depth.
Don Kelly 1B/3B.. DET 4 Months
Kelly went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in the nightcap of Saturday's double-header against the White Sox.
Kelly started the game at third base and switched over to the over side of the diamond after first baseman Miguel Cabrera exited with an ankle injury. The Tigers are turning to Kelly again at first base for Sunday's tilt, as Cabrera is still ailing. Kelly's production (.262/.346/.305 in 141 at-bats) leaves a lot to be desired, but he may be in line for an uptick in playing time until Cabrera gets healthy.
Don Kelly 1B/3B.. DET 7 Months
Don Kelly had a tough day at the office in a losing effort against the Twins on Friday, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
The Tigers were unable to generate any type of offense against Kyle Gibson and the Twins bullpen on this particular evening. The super-utility man is now hitting just .244/.322/.295 on the season.
Don Kelly 1B/3B.. DET 9 Months
Don Kelly (hamstring) said Tuesday that he's "getting better" and expects to be ready to go for Opening Day.
Kelly has been nursing some hamstring soreness in camp. Barring a setback, he'll be fine to serve in a utility role again on Opening Day.
Don Kelly 1B/3B.. DET 10 Months
Don Kelly hit a two-run homer to score the Tigers' only runs Tuesday against the Blue Jays.
Here's a scary thought: Kelly could be the Tigers' primary left fielder against right-handed pitchers to begin the year. He's batting .421 in 19 at-bats this spring, but, of course, he's a lifetime .229/.290/.344 hitter in 907 major league at-bats.
Don Kelly 1B/3B.. DET Sep 12 '79
Tigers and OF Don Kelly avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1 million contract.
It's a $100,000 raise for Kelly, who earned a $900,000 salary in 2013 -- his first year of arbitration-eligibility. He's a .229/.290/.344 career hitter in the major leagues, but the Tigers like his defensive versatility and didn't want to lose the 33-year-old to the free agent market. He'll serve as a utilityman for Detroit again in 2014.
Don Kelly 1B/3B.. DET Jul 27 '79
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said he's "going to sleep on" the possibility of playing Don Kelly in center field Wednesday in Game 4.
Austin Jackson is hitting only .091/.143/.121 with 18 strikeouts over 33 at-bats so far this postseason, so Leyland is considering giving him a breather. Of course, Kelly is a career .229/.290/.344 hitter and a downgrade defensively, so he's far from a safe bet to be an improvement.
Don Kelly 1B/3B.. DET Jul 16 '79
Don Kelly will start in left field and bat eighth for the Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Division Series on Saturday.
Andy Dirks started in left in Game 1 and Jhonny Peralta is still expected to see some time there this postseason, but it's Kelly who gets the call in Game 2. The rest of the lineup is exactly the same as in Game 1, with Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Victor Martinez, Alex Avila, Omar Infante, Kelly and Jose Iglesias squaring off against Athletics starter Sonny Gray.
Don Kelly 1B/3B.. DET May 18 '79
Don Kelly went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI against the Indians on Tuesday.
Kelly capped a five-run fifth inning with a three-run home run, his fifth homer of the season. Kelly is a part-time player, having started just once before Tuesday's game since July 28, so he can continue to be ignored for fantasy purposes. He's batting .246 on the year.