DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers announced today that the club has agreed to terms on minor league contracts for the 2016 season with righthanded pitcher Michael Crotta and outfielder Chad Huffman.
Crotta, 31, played for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in the Nippon Professional Baseball League in 2015. Crotta appeared in 30 games and had a 2-2 record with a 6.59 ERA (28.2IP/21ER) and 18 strikeouts. Crotta has made 15 appearances in the majors in his career, all with Pittsburgh in 2011, and has a 0-1 record with a 9.28 ERA (10.2IP/11ER) and seven strikeouts. In 188 career appearances, including 120 starts, in the minors, Crotta has a 41-46 record with four saves, a 4.54 ERA (717.1IP/362ER) and 458 strikeouts.
Huffman, 30, played for the Chiba Lotte Marines in the Nippon Professional Baseball League last season. Huffman played in six games and hit .091 (1x11). Huffman has played nine games in the majors, all with the New York Yankees in 2010, and has a .167 (3x18) career batting average with a run scored and two RBI. In his minor league career, Huffman is a .280 (823x2943) hitter with 464 runs scored, 190 doubles, 11 triples, 102 home runs and 461 RBI.