It may not be a blockbuster, but the Tigers are very happy to have re-signed utility man Ramon Santagio to a two-year deal worth a little more than $4 million on Wednesday.
Santiago, 32, played second base, third base and shortstop for the Tigers last season, hitting .260/.311/.384, including 75 starts at second base. Tigers manager Jim Leyland told CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler that he expects Santiago to continue in a similar role as he held in 2010, playing second base and shortstop.
"He's a nice player for us," Leyland told Knobler.
The Tigers are still looking to upgrade at third base and left field, and could still add another second baseman. If the team doesn't add a second baseman, they can use Santiago and Ryan Raburn at second. Knobler writes the Tigers have also shown interest in free agent center fielder Coco Crisp and are looking for a starting pitcher, but will more likely look for a starter through a trade rather than a free agent signing.
Santiago has played eight of his 10 seasons in Detroit, playing for the Mariners in 2004 and 2005 before returning to Detroit after he was released following the 2005 season. He is a career .249/.316/.342 hitter.Keep up to date with free agent moves with the CBSSports.com free agent tracker.
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