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Tigers ink minor league deal with Kevin Russo

Nov 18, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

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As reported late Saturday by FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, the Tigers have agreed to a minor league contract with super utilityman Kevin Russo.

The 28-year-old was drafted by the Yankees in 2006 and has spent the past six seasons at various levels of their minor league system. He got a short cup of coffee in the big leagues in 2010, batting .184 with a .245 on-base percentage in 54 plate appearances.

Russo, a New York native, hit .284/.358/.351 with zero home runs and 15 stolen bases in 101 games this past summer at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He’s capable of playing second and third base, and can handle all three outfield spots, which makes him a decently valuable piece of organizational depth.

Russo’s deal includes an invite to spring training, though he’s doubtful to crack the Opening Day roster.

  1. innout10 - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Who cares… Get some updates on WBC qualifying games.

  2. vallewho - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    He’s so super that I don’t remember him.

  3. jonrox - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    So he’s 2012 Ryan Raburn?

    • seeinred87 - Nov 18, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      More like Don Kelly I think.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I think Russo’s mom is rating these comments!

  5. sparty0n - Nov 18, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Hey, he plays 2nd and he’s going to spring training with the Tigers. That alone gives him a decent shot to make the team. They have no depth. But I read they are focused on another outfielder. Not Second, Not even pitching, another friggin outfielder!

  6. deathmonkey41 - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    I remember him- can’t hit worth a lick. Speaking of guys that can’t hit worth a lick- why is Ramiro Pena still in AAA? Isn’t he blocking a spot for someone from A or AA? If not, is it really possible the Yankees don’t have any middle infielders better than Ramiro Bleeping Pena? Please tell me that’s not true….please???

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