Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila didn’t make any signings at the Winter Meetings, but wasted no time adding depth on Friday. The Tigers announced that the team signed 14 players to minors deals.
Now, it seems that Detroit has added even more depth.
In a press release on the team’s official website, the Tigers announced the signings of 14 players to minor league pacts.
Among the fourteen include a number of former Detroit players.
Omar Infante returns for his third tour of duty with the club. The veteran began his Major League career in the Motor City in 2002 and stayed with the Tigers through the 2007 campaign. Following that, he was dealt to Chicago for outfielder Jacque Jones.
After stints in Atlanta and Miami, the infielder returned to Detroit in the Anibal Sanchez trade in 2012.
Aug 12, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante (14) hits a one run sacrifice in the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Most recently, Infante spent three seasons in Kansas City, where he hit .238 with a .269 on-base percentage in 298 games.
In eight years with the Tigers, Infante owns a .266 batting average and a .704 OPS. He’s a lifetime .257 hitter at Comerica Park.
Both Molleken and Kensing pitched briefly for the club last season, while Ferrell saw action in a Detroit uniform during the 2015 campaign.
Minor League Depth
Additionally, many of the players signed have previously played in the Tigers system.
Corey Riordan, a 30-year-old minor league veteran, pitched as a starter for Erie and Toledo last season. He struck out 6.6 batters per nine innings and was particularly efficient with the Mud Hens, where he posted a 3.58 ERA.
Johan Belisario struggled in a brief stint with Lakeland last year, but the 23-year-old showed promise in both 2014 and 2015.
In 2014. The reliever notched a 0.79 ERA in 34 innings for Connecticut. That number rose slightly in 2015 at West Michigan to 1.79. Respectively, he struck out 8.8 and 9.0 batters per nine innings during the two seasons.
Additionally, Ruben Alainz saw time with both Erie and Toledo last season, while 24-year-old Endrys Briceno spent 2016 with Lakeland.
Cuevas, a 26-year-old reliever, logged 3.60 ERA in three appearances for Boston last season. He has previous experience starting in the minors.
Leon has previously spent time in the farm systems of the Astros, Brewers and White Sox. Last season, he pitched in the Mexican League, where he notched 36 saves and a 3.30 ERA in 62.2 innings pitched.