The Tigers have figured out what they are going to do about their lack of shortstop.
With the news that Jose Iglesias is going to be out for the year with stress fractures in both of his legs, speculation was rampant as to what Detroit was going to do. The answers ranged from signing free agent Stephen Drew to trading for a shortstop from either Arizona or St. Louis. In the end, the Tigers ended up with a pretty good deal.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that in exchange for left handed pitcher Jose Alvarez, the Angels sent infielder Andrew Romine, who happens to play a bit of shortstop to the Tigers. The move gives the Angels bullpen stability and starting pitching depth and solves the obvious hole for Detroit.
Romine, the 28-year old out of Florida, has played with Los Angeles for all four of his big league years. Last season, in 47 games, Romine hit .259/.308/.287 with ten runs batted in.
Jose Alvarez, 24, made his Major League debut with Detroit last season. In 14 games, which included 6 starts, Alvarez went 1-6 with a 5.82 ERA in 38.2 innings. This Spring, he has pitched in 5 games and amassed a 3.38 ERA.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that Dave Dombrowski has determined that Romine will platoon with either Danny Worth or Hernan Perez at shortstop.