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Marlins interested in Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge

Jul 21, 2011, 5:33 PM EST

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Brandon Inge has said he’ll accept a demotion to the minors after being designated for assignment by the Tigers following yesterday’s trade for Wilson Betemit, but now Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are “looking at” Inge.

According to Frisaro “the Marlins have made it clear that they are seeking veteran experience at third base.”  Inge certainly fits that description, but he’s also hitting .177 this season and has batted a combined .226 with a .307 on-base percentage and .375 slugging in 638 games since 2007.

Frisaro points out that Detroit is looking for bullpen help, hinting that Florida closer Leo Nunez could be a fit, but between Inge’s terrible production and $5.5 million salary for 2012 the Marlins would have to be insane to make that swap. At this point the 34-year-old Inge has negative value. If the Marlins want Inge they could have him for nothing, but presumably they’re smart enough to at least make the Tigers eat some of that money.

  1. bloodysock - Jul 21, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Looks like the Marlins are stocking up on DFA candidates with Inge and Cameron.

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2011 at 12:15 AM

      I think maybe the Chihuahua has been to one too many garage sales lately. After they shot themselves in the tailfins with that tennis court oath of a contract for John Buck, who has been hugging the contours of the Mendoza line like a cruise missile with a dud in its nose, it looks like Scrooge McLoria and Larry Beinfest are back to their old habits of searching the scrap heaps and back alleys of baseball like overdressed boat people hoping someone accidentally threw out a diamond studded wristwatch.

  2. wlschneider09 - Jul 22, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    If they really wanted a 3B who can’t hit and is suspect in the field, why didn’t they keep Jorge Cantu?

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM

      Wish we knew. Cantu was a converted first baseman anyway. The Feesh haven’t had a real, solid third baseman since Mike Lowell. Scrooge McLoria seems to think that third base needs to be a perpetual Achilles heel, you know, like the deliberate flaw in Navajo blanket designs meant to let the animating spirit of the designer escape to inspire future designs. Or something.

  3. pierce32andy - Jul 22, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    wait……….this is the team that gave up cabby and got nothing in return. Sounds like a great pick up!

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