Tigers Again Pass On Stephen Drew, Acquire Shortstop Alex Gonzalez From Orioles


Alex GonzalezThe Detroit Tigers have acquired infielder Alex Gonzalez from the Baltimore Orioles for infielder Steve Lombardozzi.

The 25-year-old Lombardozzi hit .259 with two homers and 22 RBIs for the Washington Nationals last season and was dealt to Detroit in December for pitcher Doug Fister.

Gonzalez, a 37-year-old infielder, has a .246 average with six major league teams. He was the starting shortstop for the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins. Gonzalez agreed Jan. 31 to a minor league contract and has a .429 batting average during spring training.

The Tigers, who acquired infielder Andrew Romine from the Los Angeles Angels last week, were seeking a shortstop because of Jose Iglesias’ shin injuries. Iglesias is expected to miss most — if not all — of 2014 with stress fractures in both of his legs.

To make room for Lombardozzi on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated catcher Johnny Monell for assignment.

Meanwhile, shortstop Stephen Drew remains a free agent.

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