“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.