The Detroit Tigers made a minor move today in response to losing Jose Iglesias for the majority of the 2014 season. The tigers sent LHP Jose Alvarez to the Angels for SS Andrew Romine.
The #Tigers have acquired shortstop Andrew Romine from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jose Alvarez.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) March 21, 2014
Romine is a switch hitter and will offer some defensive prowess at shortstop. That means two of the middle infielders in camp will likely be starting the year in Toledo. According to Dombrowski one of those players will be Engenio Suarez.
Dave Dombrowski referred to Eugenio Suarez as a “long shot” at shortstop. So it’s Romine and either Worth or Perez.
— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) March 21, 2014
Between Danny Worth and Hernan Perez, the money is on Danny Worth heading north with the team at the end of next week. Worth, a former first round pick has been bouncing between the Toledo and Detroit for the last couple of seasons. The injury to Iglesias will give Danny a chance to prove his worth (see what I did there) and show once and for all he has what it takes to stick in the majors.
Although adding Romine will provide more organizational depth at shortstop, the Tigers gave up to much to acquire him. Even though it was a small contribution, Alvarez was able to fill in for injured Anibal Sanchez last season and showed he could be effective. Wouldn’t the Tigers be better served having an extra starting pitcher on the 40 man roster? Hasn’t recent history shown us that having an extra starter is never really a bad thing?
The Tigers had enough depth at shortstop to fill the gap left by Iglesias they did not need to trade a starting pitching asset to cover it. Here is hoping the Tigers don’t end up regretting this trade mid-season.