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Tigers sign Brandon Inge to two-year, $11.5 million deal with option for 2013

Oct 21, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

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Last week general manager Dave Dombrowski said the Tigers “would ideally like to” sign free agent-to-be Brandon Inge before he hit the open market five days after the World Series and sure enough the two sides have agreed to a deal.

Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that he’ll get $11 million for two years, with the Tigers holding a $6 million option or $500,000 buyout for 2013.

Inge is 33 years old and hasn’t been above-average offensively since 2006, so there’s a pretty good chance the Tigers will regret this move.

He made $6.6 million this season to complete a four-year, $24 million contract that saw him hit just .231 with a .314 on-base percentage and .389 slugging percentage in 569 games while producing an OPS below .725 in all four seasons.

His defense is excellent–and sure enough, in announcing the deal that’s what Dombrowski focused on–but locking up veteran mediocrity into the mid-30s is rarely a sound decision.

  1. BC - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    A two year deal??!? The guy’s missed like 10000 games in the past 3 or 4 years, and he’s getting old.

  2. Ari Collins - Oct 21, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Rotoworld points out that this takes Detroit out of the Beltre sweepstakes. Interesting.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 21, 2010 at 2:53 PM

      Good, Beltre only plays well when he’s about to get paid. I can’t stand the guy.

      • Ari Collins - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:02 PM

        You mean like in 2009, a contract year for him, when he hit

        I think you meant to say, “Beltre only hits well when he’s in a park that’s not death to right-handed power hitters, and his fielding is so great it doesn’t even matter what park he’s in.”

        His age would bother me more.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Oct 21, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    Let’s remind ourselves of the crap 3B market this offseason, and how solid he still is defensively. He’s going to make less than he did on his last contract per season as well. Good signing.

  4. 013hip - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:06 PM

    Wow!!!……….Hey, Brandon, how did you do it?
    You know what? Brandon Inge will never have to worry about being out of a job.
    “Obviously” he has the interview skills to land any job, anywhere,at anytime, for his price!
    All that one can say is……………..Way to go Brandon,Congratulations!
    And if you are out there………….Do you “Hire-out” your service’s for job interview’s?

  5. JBerardi - Oct 21, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I really don’t understand the Tiger’s enduring fascination with Inge. He’s never been that good, and there’s basically no chance he’ll actually be worth what they’re about to pay him.

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