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Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago “could be a possibility” for Phillies as Chase Utley insurance

Mar 9, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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Danny Knobler, who covered the Tigers in Detroit prior to working at, reports that Ramon Santiago “could be a possibility” for the Phillies as they look to add depth following the latest news on Chase Utley‘s knee injury.

Santiago has split time at shortstop for the Tigers during the past few seasons, but is slated to be a backup this year after the team re-signed midseason pickup Jhonny Peralta to a two-year, $11.25 million deal.

Santiago has logged more than 3,000 career innings at shortstop and another 950 innings at second base, but aside from a flukey .870 OPS in a part-time role a few years ago the 31-year-old switch-hitter hasn’t offered much production offensively. Of course, even his measly .681 OPS during the past two seasons is better than the .665 OPS posted by Wilson Valdez, who’s the most likely in-house option to replace Utley.

  1. cur68 - Mar 9, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    I like this idea! He’s a scrappy ballplayer with tons of upside; a great clubhouse presence and leader. He’ll do nice things infield wise and can go some distance replacing Utley’s instinctive brilliance and natural athletic ability with his intelligence and steady defense. Now if he can do something with his hair he can really fit the role. I suggest Crisco.

    • b7p19 - Mar 9, 2011 at 2:39 PM

      I don’t think they could get Crisco. Didn’t he just get busted for DUI anyway?

      • cur68 - Mar 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

        Did he? I rely on HBT for all DUI updates involving ballplayers. Anyone know; Santiago get pinched for DUI or not? If so, then the really important question now is; where’s the mugshot?
        ps. I think Chase hurt his knee sprinting Kmart for blue light specials on Crisco for his hair pomade all off season. Thus the national shortage of Crisco. Wooo…inadvertent pun there “shortage..shortening…pie”. Heh, heh, heh…

  2. PierzynskiAteMyKitten - Mar 9, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    I doubt the Tigers would have much interest in this. Santiago is one of the more reliable utility infielders in the game, and he is under contract for a very reasonable $1.25 million this season. The only other player the Tigers have who could fill Santiago’s role is Danny Worth, who is probably Ramon’s equal with the glove but not with the bat. Beyond Worth, though, there is no depth at SS in the Tigers system.

  3. jwbiii - Mar 9, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Rule Fiver Michael Martinez, Come on down!

  4. macjacmccoy - Mar 10, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Unless its only for money i hate the idea of the Phillies even giving up the worst minor leaguer for someone they dont need. They could let Martinez or Barfield make the bench to back up Valdez. Or move Polanco over if they need to. I dont think the Phillies need to do anything unless they expect Utley to miss more then a month of the season.

  5. macjacmccoy - Mar 10, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    I mean if they are gonna go out and get someone go get someone that can still help once Utley comes back. Santiago isnt that guy. If they feel like the gotta get someone then go get a right handed bat that can hit and can play 2nd or 3rd if needed. Worse comes to worse n say Jimmy goes down while Utley is still out they could put valdez at SS Polanco at 2nd and Gload at third. They could make it throught a 15 day DL like that if they had to especially in the 1st month of the season.

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