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Top Michael Papierski News

  • Mariners' Michael Papierski: Inks minors deal with Seattle

    Papierski signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

    Papierski spent the 2023 campaign at Triple-A Toledo in the Tigers organization, collecting a .792 OPS with eight homers in 77 contests. The 27-year-old got into 39 games at the big-league level in 2022 between the Giants and Reds, producing just a .415 OPS.

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  • Tigers' Michael Papierski: Reassigned to MiLB camp

    The Tigers reassigned Papierski to minor-league camp Monday.

    Papierski was re-signed by Detroit to a minor-league contract with an invitation to MLB spring training in November. The backstop struggled in his time with the Tigers to the tune of .143/.228/.187, and he'll be nothing more than an emergency depth option with Triple-A Toledo for the 2023 season.

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  • Tigers' Michael Papierski: Returns to Tigers

    Papierski re-signed with Detroit on a minor-league deal Tuesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

    Papierski was designated for assignment and non-tendered by the Tigers in mid-November. While the organization didn't see a major-league role for him, it evidently likes him enough to bring him back as a depth option. He didn't look like he deserved anything else in his 39-game MLB debut last year, hitting .143/.228/.187.

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  • Michael Papierski: Released by Detroit

    The Tigers declined to tender Papierski a contract for 2023.

    Papierski turned in miserable offensive numbers in 39 games between Cincinnati and San Francisco last season (.143/.228/.187). The Tigers didn't see enough to want to keep him around either, but catching is always in demand, so Papierski could be in big-league camp with some team next spring.

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  • Tigers' Michael Papierski: DFA'd by Detroit

    Papierski was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Tuesday.

    The 26-year-old was claimed off waivers by Detroit in October, but he won't retain his spot on the 40-man roster. Papierski played in 39 games between the Reds and Giants in 2022 and had a .143/.228/.187 slash line in 103 plate appearances.

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  • Tigers' Michael Papierski: Claimed by Detroit

    Papierski was claimed off waivers by the Tigers on Friday.

    Papierski made his big-league debut at age-26 this season but failed to impress in short stints with the Giants and Reds. In 39 games between the two clubs, he hit .143/.228/.187. He's unlikely to be much more than organizational depth in Detroit.

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  • Reds' Michael Papierski: Demoted to Triple-A

    The Reds optioned Papierski to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday.

    Though he had served as the Reds' primary backstop since Tyler Stephenson (collarbone) rejoined Aramis Garcia (finger) on the injured list July 23, Papierski had lost out on playing time to Austin Romine over the past week. The Reds will now give Papierski a chance to regain some confidence at the plate by sending him to Louisville, after he had produced a lowly .140/.222/.211 slash line since the All-Star break. Chuckie Robinson was called up from Triple-A and could split time behind the dish with Romine moving forward.

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  • Reds' Michael Papierski: Sharing work with Romine

    Papierski is out of the lineup for Monday's game in Philadelphia.

    Papierski and Austin Romine may be moving into a timeshare at catcher, as the two have now alternated turns behind the dish over the past six contests. The Reds' decision to scale back Papierski's playing time doesn't come as a major surprise, given the extent to which he's struggled to produce any meaningful offense since being claimed off waivers from the Giants in late June. Over 34 games in Cincinnati, Papierski is slashing .159/.242/.207.

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  • Reds' Michael Papierski: Out for day game

    Papierski is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Phillies.

    Papierski will get a breather for the day game after he went 2-for-6 with a double and two RBI while starting behind the dish in both of the past two nights. Austin Romine will catch for starting pitcher Nick Lodolo in the series finale.

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  • Reds' Michael Papierski: Sitting Thursday

    Papierski is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

    Papierski will get a breather in Thursday's Field of Dreams Game after he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Wednesday's loss to the Mets. Austin Romine will draw the start behind the plate and bat ninth versus Chicago.

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  • Reds' Michael Papierski: Not starting Tuesday

    Papierski is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mets.

    Austin Romine gets a turn behind the plate Tuesday while Papierski takes a seat after catching in four of the Reds' previous five games. Considering that the 26-year-old Papierski has produced an underwhelming .436 OPS in 81 big-league plate appearances this season, it wouldn't be surprising if he eventually settled into a timeshare at catcher with Romine.

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  • Reds' Michael Papierski: Takes seat Tuesday

    Papierski is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game in Miami.

    Mark Kolozsvary will get a turn behind the dish while Papierski takes a seat after catching in each of the Reds' last four games. Though Papierski looks primed to serve as the Reds' primary backstop until Aramis Garcia (finger/elbow) is ready to return from the 10-day injured list, Papierski has shown little to get excited about from a fantasy perspective. Through his 69 plate appearances on the campaign, Papierski is hitting .150 with no extra-base hits, six runs and one RBI.

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  • Reds' Michael Papierski: Gets rest day

    Papierski is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins.

    Papierski will be receiving some routine maintenance while Cincinnati wraps up its series against Miami with a day game, allowing Mark Kolozsvary the chance to pick up a turn behind the dish. The Reds had Papierski catch in each of their last four games, with the 26-year-old going 1-for-11 with a walk and a run scored in those contests. He should operate as the Reds' No. 1 catcher until Cincinnati returns Aramis Garcia (finger/elbow) from the 10-day injured list.

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  • Reds' Michael Papierski: Not starting Saturday

    Papierski isn't starting Saturday against the Cardinals.

    Papierski is in line for an uptick in playing time since both Tyler Stephenson (shoulder) and Aramis Garcia (finger/elbow) are on the injured list. However, Mark Kolozsvary will draw the start behind the dish and bat ninth Saturday.

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  • Reds' Michael Papierski: Back to No. 2 role

    Papierski is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays.

    Papierski picked up starts behind the plate for the second game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Pirates as well as Friday's series opener with the Rays following fellow backstop Aramis Garcia's (elbow) placement on the injured list. However, with No. 1 catcher Tyler Stephenson (thumb) returning from the IL on Saturday, Papierski's brief run atop the depth chart has come to an end.

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  • Reds' Michael Papierski: Back on bench

    Papierski is out of the lineup for the first game of Thursday's doubleheader with the Pirates.

    Papierski has started behind the dish in six of the last seven games while Aramis Garcia has missed time with finger and elbow injuries, but Garcia will return to action for Game 1 of the twin bill. Though Papierski should get the starting nod at catcher for the second game of the day, he and Garcia are both likely to see their opportunities take a hit in the near future. Top backstop Tyler Stephenson (thumb) began a rehab assignment this week and should be ready to return from the 10-day injured list at some point during the Reds' homestand that begins Thursday.

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  • Reds' Michael Papierski: Starting once again

    Papierski is starting Saturday against Atlanta.

    Papierski was called up by the Reds on Tuesday, and he'll start behind the dish for a third consecutive game. Over the last three matchups, he's gone 3-for-9 with a run and three strikeouts.

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  • Reds' Michael Papierski: Joins big-league club

    Papierski was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

    Papierski was claimed off waivers from the Giants over the weekend and will now receive his first big-league opportunity for his new organization. The 26-year-old will step into the No. 2 role behind the plate as Aramis Garcia serves as Cincinnati's primary catcher in the absence of Tyler Stephenson (thumb).

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  • Reds' Michael Papierski: Claimed by Cincinnati

    Papierski was claimed off waivers by the Reds on Saturday.

    Papierski was designated for assignment by the Giants last week, but he's landed a spot on Cincinnati's 40-man roster. The 26-year-old will likely report to Triple-A Louisville to begin his time with his new organization.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 224 lbs
Birthplace: Palos Heights, IL
Age: 28
School: LSU
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: S, R