Tigers trade LHP Alvarez to Angels for SS Romine
The Tigers acquired a shortstop Friday and it was not Stephen Drew.
With Jose Iglesias out four to six months with stress fractures in both legs, the Tigers shored up the position by trading left-hander Jose Alvarez to the Los Angeles Angels for Andrew Romine.
Romine played in 47 games with the Los Angeles Angels in 2013, hitting .259 with nine runs scored, three doubles and 10 RBIs.
A utility infielder, Romine played four games at second base, 24 games at third base and 17 games at shortstop.
Originally a switch-hitter, Romine stopped batting from the right side before last season to focus on hitting left-handed.
In 36 major-league games at shortstop, Romine committed five errors for a .974 fielding percentage.
According to FOX Sports MLB Insider Jon Morosi, Romine is expected to share the Tigers shortstop job with either Danny Worth or Hernan Perez, both right-handed hitters.
Romine, 28, is the son of former Boston Red Sox outfielder Kevin Romine and brother of Austin Romine, currently a catcher for the New York Yankees.
Alvarez, 24, was expected to be a starter at Triple-A Toledo this season.
With the Tigers last year, Alvarez was 1-5 with a 5.82 ERA in 14 games (six starts). He was the Tigers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski told Morosi that the team felt they could let Alvarez go because they had depth with Kyle Lobstein, Drew VerHagen and Robbie Ray.