You don’t often find players with batting averages of .224 in high demand around the league, but most players don’t have the defensive skills of soon-to-be- former Detroit Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago.
According to MLB Daily Dish, a handful of teams have expressed interest in Santiago, a player the Detroit Tigers opted not to re-sign after their acquisition of Ian Kinsler from the Texas Rangers earlier this month:
Source: Multiple teams expressing interest in Ramon Santiago. Decision could come soon.
Despite the interest, that doesn’t mean Santiago is going to draw a king’s ransom on the open market, considering how flawed an offensive player he is. With the Tigers, those flaws could be hidden with such a potent lineup but playing on a far less offensively talented team would make his woeful offensive skills look even worse. Despite that, his defensive skills can make him plus WAR player and he’d be a perfect defensive replacement/day off player in the right situation, which is why so many teams are displaying interest in the 33-year-old.