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Brandon Inge joins A’s, will start tonight at third base

Apr 30, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

Brandon Inge

UPDATE: As expected, Inge finalized his deal and will be the A’s starting third baseman tonight. Luke Hughes was designated for assignment to make room on the roster after his reign as Oakland’s starting third baseman lasted a week.


Brandon Inge‘s deal with the A’s isn’t quite official yet, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the contract will be finalized in time for the veteran third baseman to be in the starting lineup tonight versus the Red Sox.

Inge will get every opportunity to be the A’s regular third baseman after the team cycled through Luke Hughes, Eric Sogard, and Josh Donaldson following Scott Sizemore‘s season-ending knee injury, getting abysmal production offensively and defensively.

At this stage of his career Inge might only be viewed as an upgrade compared to that trio, however, as he’s hit .190 with four homers and a .538 OPS in 111 games dating back to the beginning of last season and hasn’t cracked a .250 batting average or .725 OPS since way back in 2006.

After releasing Inge the Tigers are on the hook for his entire $5.5 million salary and a $500,000 buyout of his contract for 2013, so if nothing else giving the 35-year-old a chance doesn’t cost the A’s much.

  1. shep1957 - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Good luck A’s. You don’t have a clue what you’re getting yourself into. From a Tiger fan that has watched this clown impersonate a major leaguer for years.

    • nflfollower - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Well his defense at worst is still better than average. I’m glad the Tigers were finally able to cut the cord, but clearly he also brings a good veteran presence to a clubhouse, for what that’s worth I suppose. Strange to see him in another uniform.

      • eddieapoc - Apr 30, 2012 at 9:20 PM

        38 errors in the last 3 years and he spent some of that time in toledo

  2. kiwicricket - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    One teams dandruff, is another teams regular 3rd baseman. I like it.

    • ptfu - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      Unlike most of the other A’s 3B, Inge can play non-catastrophic defense. Yeah, it’s not much, but when you got nothing then anything’s an improvement.

      • APBA Guy - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        This is the thinking of the A’s for the moment. They know he won’t help-and the other guys certainly haven’t helped either-but he won’t commit the host of errors the other have, either.

        The A’s pitchers are doing surprisingly well as a team so far. A tighter defense will preserve this miracle for a little longer.

  3. kiwicricket - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    If Billy B and his colleagues, can produce a series of statistics which can remotely indicate that Inge is not utterly crap, I think Bud and MLB should pay his salary. In the name of sheer progression.

    • ptfu - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      MLB is ALREADY paying Beane’s salary, thanks to revenue sharing :-)

      Bud won’t let Beane pay his own salary by not allowing the A’s to move to South Bay.

      Signing Inge could be Beane telling Bud Lite to shove it: “if you’d let us move, we would have far better options than Brandon Inge.”

      Wait, did I just declare Brandon Inge to be useful? The horror…the horror…

  4. philliesblow - Apr 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Is the DH limited to only hitting in place of the pitcher? For the last couple years I’d have rather seen pitchers hit instead of Babe Inge.

  5. legacybroken - Apr 30, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    If when you say good veteran clubhouse influence you mean that KRInge will whine to the press whenever he doesnt start you are correct. If you mean that literally you’re wrong.

  6. bravojawja - Apr 30, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    I’d point and laugh at the A’s for this stupidity but for two things:

    1) Inge is actually an upgrade over the guys they’ve been trotting out there, so this isn’t as stupid as it looks on its face; and

    2) The Braves have both Chad Durbin and Livan Hernandez in their bullpen. And Fredi’s actually using them in close games. (At least, the games are close when Durbin/Livan comes in. Not so much once they leave.)

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