The Detroit Tigers made a move on Sunday morning as they continue to try and plug the biggest hole on their roster.
The team still desperately needs an everyday shortstop, and by process of trying to find that guy the team has released veteran infielder Alex Gonzalez.
#Tigers release Alex Gonzalez. Fister deal is now Fister to WSH for Krol, Ray, and 2 weeks of Alex Gonzalez.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) April 20, 2014
As Cotillo notes, the Tigers flipped one of the players they received in the arguably ludicrous Doug Fister trade, Steve Lombardozzi, to the Baltimore Orioles to land Gonzalez. As also noted by Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun:
— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) April 20, 2014
In nine games Gonzalez was batting .167/.219/.233. He was essentially splitting time at the shortstop spot with Andrew Romine, whom the team acquired from the Los Angeles Angels this off-season (also in an effort to replace the injured Jose Iglesias). Romine has only played slightly better than Gonzalez, slashing to the tune of .167/.318/.167.
It appears that the Tigers will roll with Romine and his slightly better on-base skills and far better defensive skills, at least for now. Once June rolls around the the MLB draft passes, we can all start the Stephen Drew watch again.