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  • Dustin Garneau: Bringing end to career

    Garneau announced Monday via his personal Twitter account that he will retire from professional baseball.

    The 35-year-old's decision to step away from the game comes after he spent the majority of the 2022 season in the minors, aside from appearing in eight games with Detroit in April. Garneau will retire with a career .205/.285/.373 slash line in 506 plate appearances over parts of eight seasons in the majors with the Rockies, Athletics, White Sox, Angels, Astros and Tigers.

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  • Dustin Garneau: Hits open market

    Garneau elected free agency Thursday, per the MILB transaction log.

    Garneau lost his spot on Detroit's 40-man roster in early May and spent the rest of the season with Triple-A Toledo. Across 506 career plate appearances at the big-league level, Garneau has hit .205/.285/.373.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Outrighted to minors

    The Tigers outrighted Garneau to Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.

    Garneau cleared waivers after the Tigers designated him for assignment earlier in the week in a move that allowed Detroit to reduce its active roster from 28 to 26 men. He'll likely be the first in line for a promotion back to the big club if the Tigers are without either of their top two catchers -- Tucker Barnhart and Eric Haase -- for any period of time.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Designated for assignment

    Garneau was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Monday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

    With the team having to thin their active roster from 28 to 26 players Monday, Garneau was an odd man out. The catcher has had 10 at-bats this season, recording three hits, including a double. He will now be released outright, get claimed by another team or report to Triple-A Toledo.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Starting Saturday

    Garneau is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Saturday's game against the Royals.

    Tucker Barnhart will get the day off after starting Friday's contest. Garneau hasn't played much yet this season, recording just four at-bats across three games. He won't be much of a fantasy factor unless his role in Detroit expands.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Secures contract for '22

    Garneau and the Tigers agreed Tuesday on a one-year, $1.175 million contract to avoid arbitration, Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Garneau will be making north of $1 million in 2022 despite being projected to head into Opening Day as the Tigers' No. 3 catcher behind Tucker Barnhart and Eric Haase. The Tigers value Haase for his bat more than his work behind the plate, so if Detroit is willing to give Haase opportunities at first base, designated hitter or in left field, Garneau would still have a path to one or two starts per week at catcher on days when Barnhart is resting.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Might make team as third catcher

    Detroit manager A.J. Hinch could elect to keep three catchers on the roster, which would help Garneau carve out a role with the club, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

    The Tigers acquired Tucker Barnhart in November to work as the team's No. 1 catcher, and Eric Haase should have a prominent role after popping a career-best 22 home runs last season. Haase can also play at first and in the corner outfield spots, so Garneau may stick around as more of a conventional backup catcher on days when Haase plays elsewhere. Still, Garneau likely won't play enough to have much fantasy relevance in 2022.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Retreats to bench

    Garneau is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

    Garneau caught each of the Tigers' last three games and five of the last six, going 3-for-15 with three home runs and a walk. The 34-year-old journeyman's recent power spike looks like it will afford him at least a part-time role for the Tigers, even though he's behind Eric Haase on the depth chart. The Tigers' willingness to deploy Haase in left field and at designated hitter will open up more work behind the dish for Garneau compared to most backup catchers.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Goes deep Sunday

    Garneau went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

    Garneau and Eric Haase each went deep, powering the Tigers to the 2-0 win. Haase played left field in this one, which allowed Garneau to start behind the plate. Haase is likely to see more time at catcher down the stretch, though Garneau may be earning more playing time with six home runs in just 15 games this season, including three long balls in his last four appearances.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Starting Sunday

    Garneau is starting at catcher and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Rays.

    Eric Haase moves from behind the plate to left field, so Garneau will pick up the start at catcher. He's slashing .262/.289/.714 with five home runs in 14 games this season, so he has been able to provide some fantasy value when he's in the starting lineup.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Smacks homer in win

    Garneau went 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBI in Wednesday's 4-1 win over Milwaukee.

    Garneau gave Detroit a lead with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, and he added a solo shot in the seventh to provide insurance. The catcher has been solid in limited action with four homers, seven RBI, six runs scored and a .278 batting average through 12 games this year. The 34-year-old remains behind Eric Haase on the depth chart.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Goes deep twice Friday

    Garneau went 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Friday's 15-5 win over the Reds.

    Whatever magic was fueling Eric Haase's surprising power surge in 2021 may have rubbed off on Garneau. The veteran catcher has homered three times in his last two starts, and the three long balls tie his prior big-league season high in only eight games for the Tigers. It's not likely he'll keep it up given his .207/.289/.363 slash line through 450 MLB plate appearances, but much like with Haase before him, Detroit has little to lose by giving the 34-year-old a chance.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Hits first 2021 home run

    Garneau went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

    Garneau went deep in the fifth inning for his first home run of the season. He's now played in seven games for the Tigers and has a .263/.263/.526 slash line. Eric Haase has established himself as the team's primary catcher, so Garneau will have limited fantasy value moving forward in a reserve role, though that could change if anything happens to Haase.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Sinks to second on depth chart

    Garneau will start at catcher and bat eighth Sunday against the Blue Jays.

    Heading into the weekend, Garneau had started at catcher in three of the Tigers' prior four contests, but he'll serve as the No. 2 option moving forward after Eric Haase returned from the injured list Friday. After he was behind the plate for the first two games of the series with Toronto, Haase will get a routine maintenance day Sunday, affording Garneau a turn in the lineup.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Not starting Tuesday

    Garneau is not in the lineup for Tuesday's series opener in St. Louis.

    The new Tigers catcher has gone 3-for-9 with a double and a run scored in four games. Grayson Greiner will start behind the dish and bat seventh Tuesday.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Getting another start

    Garneau will start at catcher and bat eighth Sunday against the Blue Jays.

    Since being acquired from the Rockies on Wednesday and having his contract selected by the Tigers, Garneau has picked up three starts in four games. Based on his recent usage, the 34-year-old backstop looks like he'll be the No. 1 catcher ahead of Grayson Greiner until Eric Haase (back) returns from the injured list.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Dealt to Tigers

    The Tigers acquired Garneau from the Rockies in exchange for cash considerations Wednesday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Detroit will select his contract and add him to the 40-man roster and 26-man active roster.

    Since joining the Rockies on a minor-league deal in late July, Garneau played 11 games for Triple-A Albuquerque and hit .229 with one home run and six RBI. With No. 1 catcher Eric Haase (back) nursing an injury, Garneau will provide the Tigers with another healthy option at the position beyond Grayson Greiner. The 33-year-old Garneau, who hit .158 in 17 games with Houston last season, likely won't make more than a couple starts per week in place of Greiner if Haase requires a stint on the injured list.

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  • Rockies' Dustin Garneau: Signs minor-league contract

    Garneau signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Wednesday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.

    Garneau was let go by the Tigers on Thursday, but he'll land another minor-league deal less than a week later. The 33-year-old played for the Rockies during the first three seasons of his career, and he'll report to Triple-A Albuquerque going forward.

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  • Dustin Garneau: Becomes free agent

    The Tigers released Garneau from his minor-league contract Thursday.

    Garneau was sidelined for most of May with a fractured wrist, but he returned to action for Toledo in early June and was slashing .176/.283/.431 across 60 plate appearances with the affiliate on the season. Toledo already had Grayson Greiner and Juan Centeno on the roster as options at catcher, rendering the 33-year-old Garneau somewhat redundant. Garneau will look to land a minor-league deal with an organization lacking in catching depth at the Triple-A level.

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  • Tigers' Dustin Garneau: Out with broken wrist

    Garneau was placed on the minor-league injured list Tuesday with a fractured wrist, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

    The 33-year-old should be considered out indefinitely while recovering from the injury. It's terrible timing for the Tigers, as Garneau figured to be an option for a promotion with Grayson Greiner (hamstring) expected to require a trip to the injured list.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-2, 205 lbs
Birthplace: San Pedro, CA
Age: 36
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: R, R