Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tigers Get Two More Years of Santiago

Unable to find a starting job for starter money elsewhere, infielder Ramon Santiago has agreed to terms with the Tigers on a two-year deal.  Santiago finished the season in a platoon at second with infielder-outfielder Ryan Raburn and manager Jim Leyland says that is still the arrangement as of now:
“Santiago and Ryan Raburn will be playing second base as the club stands today,” Leyland said. “He will probably [also] get time at short.”
General Manager Dave Dombrowski had a similar response, but he stopped short of saying that it would remain that way to start the season.

I can't see the Tigers going into the season with Santiago/Raburn at second and Don Kelly/Brandon Inge at third base.  I'm expecting at least one of those platoons to replaced by a full-time player before the season starts.  Trade possiblities include infielders Martin Prado of the Braves and Macier Izturis of the Angels, both of whom can play second and third.  Free agent second baseman Kelly Johnson and third baseman Aramis Ramirez are also available.

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