Tag:Brandon Inge
Posted on: August 13, 2010 2:02 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 2:16 pm
 

Could Inge, Peralta fit in Atlanta?

Brandon Inge Two potential replacements for Chipper Jones are currently making their home in Detroit -- but perhaps not for long.

While Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta haven't been put on trade waivers yet, the Tigers -- 9 1/2 games out of first and dead in the water -- figure to put several names on waivers shortly.

Inge, an impending free agent, would have been a fantastic add to Atlanta. Just back from a fracture in his left hand, the 33-year-old is hitting .255/.331/.393 and flashes strong defense at third.

Peralta, acquired from the Indians to give the Tigers some depth with Inge and Carlos Guillen out with injuries at the time, has played third and short for Detroit so far. On the season, the 28-year-old is hitting .238/.304/.382 in what has been quite the plunge from being an above-average shortstop in years past.

Replacing Jones on the active roster for the Braves is Brandon Hicks, who profiles as a utilityman. At-bats will be split between him, Omar Infante and Brooks Conrad. All three, with the possible exception of Infante, are best served coming off the bench.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 5:12 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2010 5:13 pm
 

M's Lopez could be option for Tigers

Jose Lopez The Tigers are in need of a third baseman after Brandon Inge went on the disabled list with a broken hand.

The Mariners have a third baseman on his way out the door who they wouldn't mind getting rid of.

It could be a match made in heaven, points out the Seattle Times.

The Mariners might emphasize that Jose Lopez is an All-Star (reserve in 2006) middle-of-the-order hitter, entering his prime at 26. And then they'll distract Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski with something shiny and hope he doesn't look at a stat sheet.

Lopez's numbers are bad this season (.237/.265/.339). Of regular starters at third base in the American League, he has the lowest OPS, lowest slugging percentage, fewest RBIs (tied), fewest home runs (tied) and fewest walks.

Lopez is done in Seattle -- in addition to his decreasing performance, he's always frustrated them with his attitude and effort, and there's no way they pick up a $4.5 million club option for 2011. But he might be one of those guys who blossoms with a change of address, and he could keep the seat warm until Inge (who's not exactly an offensive juggernaut himself) gets healthy.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 11:40 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 11:51 pm
 

Inge injury pressures Tigers

Brandon Inge Earlier today, the Detroit Tigers were in the market for a starting pitcher and looking at Ted Lilly.

Suddenly, they may be in the market for a second or third baseman as well.

Brandon Inge was just diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his left hand while playing the Rangers Mondays, the Detroit News says . It's a tough blow for Detroit as Inge was hitting .260/.338/.405 at the hot corner, which he fields with aplomb.

The Tigers are lucky in the sense that they can shift Carlos Guillen to third base, a position that Guillen is more familiar with. That gives Detroit avenues to acquire either a second or third baseman in Inge's absence and not have to worry about being shoehorned into a specific position.

The Marlins with Dan Uggla and Orioles with Ty Wigginton certainly have to be pleased that another suitor has opened up. The Tigers are already struggling at shortstop, essentially scraping by there. They can't add another liability and hope to keep pace with the White Sox and Twins.

Some sort of move certainly has to be made now. Even if it's not to replace Inge, an upgrade at pitching needs to happen, especially as the Twins and White Sox remain very active in trade talks. Teams will be looking to capitalize on the Tigers' suddenly tenuous position which may make trade talks more difficult, but the Tigers need to realize that they're skating on thin ice.

In fact, could you really blame Detroit for not making a trade and angling to focus on next season? Their $133 million payroll figures to drop sharply thanks to shedding Jeremy Bonderman, Dontrelle Willis, Johnny Damon, Bobby Seay and Gerald Laird. (And maybe Magglio Ordonez' $18 million option for 2011, but that will probably vest.) Also, their young pitching will have an additional year of experience under their belt. With smart spending, they could be right back in the thick of things and stronger than they are now.

It's likely that Detroit will scale back any trade talks and give this a week to be evaluated before a final decision is made.

In addition to Uggla and Wigginton, the Tigers could also look at Miguel Tejada and Jhonny Peralta, almongst other smatterings of players. Wigginton is in more demand than Tejada, so Detroit may want to focus its energies on Tejada to save its bullets for upgrading at short and starting pitching. (Detroit will have competition for Tejada, as the Padres are interested, says MLB.com .)

In the interim and likely to be part of that evaluation process, Scott Sizemore will almost certainly be promoted to fill in the breach.

Sizemore opened the season as Detroit's starting second baseman but was demoted to Triple-A where he has cobbled together a line of .333/.395/.509 in 178 plate appearances.

-- Evan Brunell

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