Tigers Acquire Alex Gonzalez
UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, one scout believes Alex Gonzalez can no longer handle shortstop:
Dave Dombrowski has known Alex Gonzalez forever. But here's one scout who covered Balt this spring: "I don't think he can play SS anymore"
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) March 24, 2014
The Tigers acquired shortstop Alex Gonzalez from the Orioles for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
Lombardozzi, 25, hit .259/.278/.338 in 307 plate appearances for the Nationals last year, appearing at second base, left field, and third base, and was traded to the Tigers in December along with Robbie Ray and Ian Krol for Doug Fister.
Gonzalez, 37, was in Orioles camp as a non-roster invitee and will provide the Tigers with an option for the injured Jose Iglesias.
The Tigers’ return for Fister, already seen around the game as light, takes a further hit with Lombardozzi being swapped for an expendable player like Gonzalez.
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Source: Tim Dierkes (MLB Trade Rumors)Tigers Acquire Alex Gonzalez by Matt Stein