“I turned the game off when danny ran for santi, they are the same speed at best. Very confused. Ill check the box tomorrow”
That tweet seemed innocent enough, but it came at the worst possible time, during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series last October. I’m pretty sure most of you know what happened, but Rhymes was talking about Ramon Santiago, who got on base in the ninth inning with a bunt single. Santiago was pinch run for by Leyland favorite, Danny Worth. Nothing came of the situation, since the next three Tiger batters struck out, but the damage was done.
Dave Dombrowski said that Will Rhymes’ twitter account had nothing to do with their decision to non tender him, but he also added that he “wouldn’t recommend” players issuing such tweets.
In the words of Lynn Henning: “You do the math.”
Yesterday was the deadline for all MLB teams to decide if they would tender contracts to all their expiring players. A Non-Tender candidate is a player on an expiring contract who is under team control. For the Tigers, the tweetastic Will “Busta” Rhymes, who was not eligible for arbitration as he had less than 1 year service time with the Tigers, was the casualty.
The 28-year-old is now a Free Agent, able to sign a contract, major or minor, with any team.
Second base has been a black hole for the Tigers since 2009, when they chose not to provide arbitration to Placido Polanco (to no fault of their own) after the season. Polanco started the 2009 season there, Scott Sizemore did in 2010, and Rhymes started the season in 2011. If the season started today, the position would be a platoon of Ramon Santiago and Ryan Raburn.