Tigers Trade for Veteran Shortstop
The Detroit Tigers today announced that the club has acquired infielder Alex Gonzalez from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for utility player Steve Lombardozzi.
Gonzalez, 37, has played in 1600 games at the major league level and has batted .246 (1413x5746) with 663 runs scored, 332 doubles, 30 triples, 157 home runs and 688 RBI. The 15-year major league veteran saw action at first base (22 games), third base (11 games) and shortstop (three games), compiling a .974 fielding percentage (192TC/5E) during the 2013 season with the Milwaukee Brewers. He has compiled a .972 fielding percentage (6692TC/190E) in 1539 career games at shortstop.
Gonzalez has appeared in 12 games this spring for the Orioles and is batting .429 (12x28) with four runs scored, one double, two home runs and six RBI.
Lombardozzi batted .259 (75x290) with 15 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 22 RBI in 118 games played in 2013 with the Washington Nationals. He was acquired along with lefthanded starter Robbie Ray and lefthanded reliever Ian Krol from the Washington Nationals in exchange for righthanded starter Doug Fister on December 2nd.