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Tigers trade lefty Jose Alvarez to Angels for infielder Andrew Romine

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Alvarez (l.) and Romine are trading places.
Alvarez (l.) and Romine are trading places. (USATSI)

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The Tigers have acquired infielder Andrew Romine from the Angels for left-hander Jose Alvarez, both teams announced. The move gives Detroit some depth now that shortstop Jose Iglesias will miss the season with stress fractures in his legs.

"We look for him to be on our ballclub," said Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Dombrowski also said Romine will be "in the mix" at short with Hernan Perez and figures to play about half the time.

Romine, 28, is a career .250/.303/.270 (65 ERA+) hitter in 74 games with the Angels over the last four seasons. He is a strong defender at shortstop, though not quite Iglesias-level. Few are. Romine also has experience at second and third bases.

Alvarez, 24, went 1-5 with a 5.82 ERA (73 ERA+) and a 1.50 WHIP in 38 2/3 innings for Detroit last season, his MLB debut. He made six starts and eight relief appearances. Baseball America said Alvarez "could be a No. 5 starter or a swingman" in their 2014 Prospect Handbook.

With Romine gone, the Angels figure to carry either veteran John McDonald and former first rounder Grant Green as the extra infielder on their bench. Alvarez could do a number of things, spot start or relieve, maybe sit in Triple-A as depth. He'll probably do a little of everything.

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