Orioles acquire Lombardozzi for Gonzalez

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 24, 2014 at 11:53 am •  Published: March 24, 2014
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BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers think Alex Gonzalez is not too old to be a solution to their shortstop problem.

In need of a replacement for injured Jose Iglesias, Detroit acquired the 37-year-old from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday for infielder Steve Lombardozzi.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Gonzalez could get the bulk of the playing time, sharing the position with Andrew Romine, who was acquired Friday from the Los Angeles Angels.

"I'm not looking at 150 games," Dombrowski said. "He's an older guy. But we do think he can be a key guy for us."

Gonzalez has a .246 average with six major league teams and was the starting shortstop for the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins. Gonzalez agreed Jan. 31 to a minor league contract that calls for a $1.1 million salary in the major leagues. He had a .429 batting average during spring training with Baltimore and is to report to Tigers on Tuesday.

"He's always had great hands, and I can't imagine his hands have gotten any worse," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "I've heard great things about him in spring training, as far as how he's moving. And I think his experience is a huge advantage."

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