Gonzalez signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Wednesday. Gonzalez spent much of last season in Double-A Erie, hitting for a .283/.319/.393 slash line in 50 games. He did make two appearances at Triple-A Toledo, going 1-for-10 with a double. The 32-year-old is likely stuck in the minors indefinitely as he hasn't taken an at-bat in the MLB since 2013.
The Padres released minor-league infielder Alberto Gonzalez Wednesday. The 31-year-old was hitting just .208/.218/.264 through 19 games at Triple-A El Paso.
Padres manager Bud Black said four players -- Alexi Amarista, Ryan Jackson, Alberto Gonzalez and Jace Peterson -- could all get playing time at third base this spring while Chase Headley is sidelined by a calf injury. "We'll mix and match over at third," Black said, per MLB.com. "It's good for those guys. It will be great for those guys to get exposed to third base. They'll get some [at-bats], some playing time. "We know what Chase can do. Here in the short term, it will be good to get those guys exposed. They are up for it." It will be a good experience for Amarista, who is expected to serve in a utility role for San Diego. "Alexi's game, for me, is his versatility," Black said. "You look at all the components of his game, he's capable at second, capable at short, capable at third, capable of all three outfield spots. He's a very dependable player on defense. On offense, he's done some things to win some games for us. He can move around the diamond, he doesn't scare off, he plays with energy. He's a good all-around player."
Infielder Alberto Gonzalez has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Padres. Gonzalez saw just 57 at-bats in the majors last season split between the Yankees and the Cubs. He's a .239/.275/.315 career hitter in 950 at-bats.
Yankees infielder Alberto Gonzalez has been outrighted to Triple-A. Gonzalez was designated for assignment Saturday. He cleared waivers, and has been sent to Triple-A Scranton. He's hitting .193/.217/.281 in 57 at-bats in the majors.
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