It was reported early Friday that the Detroit Tigers have finally found the shortstop they want to replace Jose Igelsias is out indefinitely with fractured shins. The Tigers had been looking around the league to acquire a shortstop and were linked to free agent Stephen Drew and both the Arizona Diamondbacks’ infielders Chris Owings and Didi Gregorious. Earlier in the week it was reported that the Diamonbacks were keeping Owings and shopping Gregorious but according to reports Friday, the shortstop position in Arizona may still be up for grabs. Owings is starting the opener and Gregorious the following day. Stephen Drew was called a bad fit for the Tigers by ESPN’s Buster Olney. They would most likely only have the veteran for one year and the Tigers would also have to forfeit a top draft pick to the Boston Red Sox if they were to decide to sign Drew.
There is good news out of the Tigers’ camp Friday according to John Morosi at Fox Sports. The Tigers traded left-handed pitcher Jose Alverez to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for shortstop Andrew Romine. Romine is the son of former Boston Red Sox outfielder, Kevin Romine and the brother of New York Yankees catcher, Austin Romine.
Romine, 28, is only batting .207 this spring in 35 plate appearances but he does have a home run and four RBI. Romine played in 47 games for the Angels last season, batting .259 with ten RBI. He will likely split playing time with Hernan Perez or Danny Worth. Perez, 23, appeared in 34 games with Detroit last season batting .206 on 71 plate appearances. Worth, 28, only played in 3 games with Detroit in 2013 and owns a career batting average of .242. He’s having a nice spring however, batting .333 with 12 hits and five walks in 44 plate appearances.
With the Tigers having found their new shortstop in Romine, even if it is a platoon situation with Worth or Perez, that is one less dramatic story for baseball fans to dwell on so close to the new season.