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Juan Rincon Designated for Assignment

Former bullpen ace Juan Rincon has been DFA'd by the Tigers in order to make roster space for high-leg kick man, aka Dontrelle Willis. Rincon actually struck out 10 in 10.1 innings, which was good. It was the six walks and 12 hits that spelled his doom. Juan's fastball has lost 2.5 mph since 2005, and since then has become increasingly reliant on what's become a less effective slider. This year just 51% of his first pitches went for strikes, and in general hitters just weren't swinging at what he threw. Only 75 of his 193 pitches had induced a swing. Rincon is still just 30 years old, and should be able to latch on somewhere on a minor league contract.

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