Now, three years later, Boesch is no longer a Tiger and is looking for a job. The Tigers released Boesch today, the victim of a numbers crunch in the outfield and some big numbers in his contract.
General Manager Dave Dombrowski tried to trade Boesch, but the reported $2.3 million deal he signed in the off season made it difficult. Other teams are likely waiting for him to clear waivers before attempting to sign him at a more reasonable deal.
The Tigers apparently felt he could recapture the old magic when they signed him to the off season deal as opposed to non-tendering him. An oblique injury has limited him to just 16 at bats so far this spring and with a logjam of corner outfielders which include newly signed Torii Hunter, Quintin Berry, Andy Dirks and prospects Nick Castellanos and Avisail Garcia, the a move seemed inevitable.
When Boesch exploded on to the scene in 2010, it seemed like he was destined to become an impact big league bat. Yet, injuries and the inability to avoid long stretches of slumping numbers eventually took a toll on his Tigers career. Manager Jim Leyland on occasion would talk about how he couldn't get Boesch to relax.
It is a great example of how difficult the game of baseball can really be. From his high flying debut to the disappointment of being left off the World Series roster last season, Boesch has had his share of highs and lows already in his career.
We know this, Boesch is a quality individual and he still possesses of truck load of potential. Teams should be lined up to give him another shot.