Tigers cut Alex Gonzalez

Alex Gonzalez's time with the Tigers has come to a close.
Alex Gonzalez's time with the Tigers has come to a close. (USATSI)

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After acquiring him late in the spring to be the everyday shortstop in Jose Iglesias' absence due to injury, the Tigers have released Alex Gonzalez.

Iglesias is expected to miss most or all of the 2014 season due to shin fractures and the injury was likely the impetus for a late spring trade that brought Gonzalez to the Tigers in exchange for Steve Lombardozzi.

Gonzalez was the opening-day starter at shortstop for the Tigers and delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth. In all, though, Gonzalez hit .167/.219/.233. The 37 year old may well be facing forced retirement at this point.

As for the Tigers, they'll go with Andrew Romine or Danny Worth at short for the time being. Expect Stephen Drew rumors to persist until he's signed with someone or the Tigers come up with a good answer at shortstop.

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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