Considering Belfiore had to go unclaimed by most other American League teams before the Tigers' waiver spot came up, the fact that he cleared waivers to be outrighted did not come as a surprise. Before the Hanrahan signing, Belfiore was expected to be a candidate next week to make room for Robbie Ray on the 40-man roster.
Instead, the Tigers will have to remove another player to make room for Ray when he makes his Major League debut on Tuesday.
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