Don Kelly 1B/3B.. MIA 5 Days
Kelly remains in the mix to grab a bench spot on the Marlins' Opening Day roster, MLB.com reports.
The veteran utility man has slashed .250/.379/.292 over his first 24 spring at-bats and is an intriguing option as a left-handed bat off the bench who could see time in the outfield, at first base or even as the team's emergency catcher.
Don Kelly 1B/3B.. MIA 2 Months
Kelly agreed to a minor league deal with the Marlins Sunday, MLB.com reports.
The pact includes an invite to Spring Training where Kelly will look to earn a bench role for Miami. The 34-year-old slashed .245/.332/.288 over 185 plate appearances for the Tigers last season, spending time at first base, third base and in the outfield.
Don Kelly 1B/3B.. MIA 5 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.. MIA 5 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.. MIA 7 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.. MIA 10 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.. MIA Jan 04 '80
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.. MIA Dec 20 '79
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.. MIA 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.. MIA 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.