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Brad Eldred | First Baseman

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/12/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 275
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Brad Eldred has signed with the Hiroshima Carp of Japan's Central League.
Eldred had no chance of playing regularly in the majors anytime soon and can make more money in Japan. He'll be replaced by Jeff Baisley on the Triple-A active roster. Tue, Jun 19, 2012 10:24:00 AM

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Brad Eldred wouldn't confirm whether he'll join the Hiroshima Carp of the Japan's Central League.

Eldred was a healthy scratch from Monday's lineup with Triple-A Toledo and he didn't exactly issue a firm denial of the rumors. "What’s going on is probably better for me and my family," said Eldred. "That’s obviously the way I’m going to go." Nothing is confirmed yet, but Triple-A Toledo Phil Nevin said "I think we’ll know something tomorrow."
Mon, Jun 18, 2012 10:46:00 PM

Brad Eldred is drawing interest from the Hiroshima Carp of the Japan's Central League.

It's no surprise, as Eldred has mashed at Triple-A Toledo this year to the tune of a .305/.374/.695 batting line with 24 home runs. The 31-year-old is unlikely to get a real shot with the Tigers this season, so it might make sense to earn a bigger paycheck overseas.
Mon, Jun 18, 2012 08:36:00 PM

Tigers sent 1B/DH Brad Eldred outright to Triple-A Toledo.

Eldred was designated for assignment Friday and has cleared waivers. Injuries would likely have to occur for him to get another shot with the big club.
Sun, May 6, 2012 09:26:00 AM

Tigers designated 1B/DH Brad Eldred for assignment.

Eldred was given a short-term shot at the Tigers' DH spot, but he batted just .188/.235/.375 over 16 at-bats. He'll represent depth at Triple-A Toledo, assuming he clears waivers.
Fri, May 4, 2012 12:33:00 PM

In his pregame press conference on Friday, Jim Leyland stated that Brad Eldred will be his everyday designated hitter, "as long as he's hitting."

Eldred had been putting up some eye-popping numbers at Triple-A, including 13 HR and 35 RBI in just 20 games. He's struggled in his previous chances at the major league level, but looks like he'll be given every opportunity to succeed and add some much needed power to the Tigers lineup.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 07:05:00 PM

Tigers purchased the contract of 1B-DH Brad Eldred from Triple-A Toledo.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland indicated that he plans on playing Brad Eldred regularly in the DH slot. "We have the hottest hitter in all of minor league baseball," Leyland said. "I'm going to DH him. How long depends on how he does. He's doing something everyone is talking about. Maybe he can get us going." Eldred was batting .388 with 13 home runs and 35 RBI over 80 at-bats for Triple-A Toledo. He's worth an add in AL-only leagues to see if he can stay hot, but the 31-year-old Eldred has a .204 batting average and 103 strikeouts over 260 at-bats in the majors, so there's no long-term value here. Playing Eldred at DH would put Delmon Young in left field regularly and Andy Dirks on the bench.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 09:55:00 AM

Danny Knobler of reports that the Tigers will purchase the contract of 1B/DH Brad Eldred from Triple-A Toledo.

He'll take the roster spot of Brandon Inge, who was released by the Tigers on Thursday. Eldred, 31, has a .204 batting average and 103 strikeouts over 260 at-bats in the majors, but he had 13 homers and 35 RBI across his first 20 games at the Triple-A level this season. He may struggle to find regular at-bats, but the Tigers will try to catch lightning in a bottle. Give him a shot in AL-only leagues.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 04:15:00 PM

Brad Eldred has 13 home runs and 35 RBI in just 20 games this season at Triple-A Toledo.

The Tigers signed Eldred to a minor league contract in January after the Rockies let him walk last summer. He's 31 years old and can't really play anywhere but first base, but the Tigers may consider calling him up anyway if the hot-hitting continues. Eldred is sporting a ridiculous 1.457 OPS.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 09:26:00 AM

Tigers signed 1B Brad Eldred to a minor league contract.

The deal does not include an invite to spring training. Eldred, 31, hit .281 with 27 home runs and 72 RBI for the Giants' Triple-A affiliate this past season. He is expected to provide organizational depth at first base.
Sat, Jan 21, 2012 08:20:00 AM

Rockies designated 1B Brad Eldred for assignment.

Eldred batted .250 (6-for-24) with one home run and three RBI after being promoted from the minors earlier this month. It was clear he wasn't going to be used much given the wealth of Jim Tracy's internal options at first base.
Tue, Jul 27, 2010 05:39:00 PM

Rockies purchased the contract of first baseman Brad Eldred from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Eldred, 30, has put on quite a power display this season on the Triple-A level with 22 home runs and 64 RBI through 71 games. He is expected to see a good share of time at first base while Todd Helton (back, hamstring) is sidelined and is a player worth monitoring in NL-only leagues.
Wed, Jul 7, 2010 06:17:00 PM

White Sox signed 1B Brad Eldred, INF Mike Rouse, INF Royce Huffman, 1B Jeff Liefer, C Paul Phillips, C Ryan Smith, INF/OF Jason Bourgeois, OF Miguel Negron and RHP D.J. Carrasco to minor league contracts and invited them to spring training.

Playing half his games in U.S. Cellular Field, Eldred would probably be good for about 35 homers if given 550 at-bats. However, his OBP would fall somewhere in the .250-.300 range. He'll likely be the first baseman at Triple-A Charlotte. Rouse's arrival completes a non-trade failed utilitymen with the Indians (Andy Gonzalez signed a minor league deal with Cleveland earlier this witner). Liefer is back after hitting .256/.321/.552 in 281 at-bats in Japan over the last two years.
Fri, Jan 11, 2008 08:05:00 PM

Pirates non-tendered first baseman Brad Eldred and RHP Brian Rogers.

Both players had already been designated for assignment. The Pirates declined to non-tender any arbitration-eligible players, like Xavier Nady.
Thu, Dec 13, 2007 12:47:00 AM

Pirates designated first baseman Brad Eldred for assignment.

Eldred, who hit 28 homers in the minors and 12 in the majors in 2005, had fallen well behind Steve Pearce in the Pirates' plans after missing most of 2006 and struggling to a .209/.275/.399 line in Triple-A last season. Right-handed hitters with his kind of power are hard to find, so it'd be no surprise if someone took a chance on him. However, he's probably not going to have a future as a regular.
Mon, Dec 3, 2007 04:50:00 PM

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