Lakeland, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Detroit Tigers have shipped utility man Steve Lombardozzi to the Baltimore Orioles for veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez.
The 37-year-old Gonzalez reunites will be reunited with Tigers president/CEO and general manager Dave Dombrowski.
Dombrowski was the general manager with the then Florida Marlins when Gonzalez came up in 1998. He then became the team’s everyday shortstop from 1999-2005.
Gonzalez has bounced around since then, including the past two years as a utility man with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Gonzalez’s last time as a regular shortstop was in 2011 in Atlanta, where he batted .241 with 15 home runs and 56 RBIs.
Gonzalez joins a Tigers organization that has been scrambling to replace slick-fielding Jose Iglesias since the 24-year-old was diagnosed with stress fractures in both shins, which is expected to keep him out for the entire season.
Detroit acquired Andrew Romine on Friday from the Angels, and team officials talked about platooning him with one of the right-handed-hitting infielders within camp, either utility infielder Danny Worth or second-base prospect Hernan Perez.