KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers quickly moved to help replace injured shortstop Jose Iglesias, acquiring Andrew Romine from the Los Angeles Angels on Friday for left-hander Jose Alvarez.
The AL Central champions dealt for Romine a day after they learned Iglesias could miss the season because of stress fractures in both legs.
"We talked about having a shortstop you can catch the ball and run a little bit," general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "He fits that description."
The left-handed hitter was acquired to share time with either Hernan Perez or Danny Worth, both right-hander hitters, and manager Brad Ausmus said he would likely go with a platoon arrangement.
Former Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizuel, now a Detroit coach, was with the Angels last season and put in a good word on Romine.
Romine, 28, played in 47 games for the Angels last season and batted .259. He is considered a good defensive player and stole 15 bases in 89 minor league games last year.