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Tigers release shortstop Alex Gonzalez

Apr 20, 2014, 12:14 PM EDT

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The Tigers acquired Alex Gonzalez from the Orioles in late March after losing Jose Iglesias for the year and the veteran shortstop smacked a walkoff RBI single for Detroit on Opening Day. But he managed just three hits in 28 plate appearances after that and was officially released from the 25-man roster on Sunday, according to MLB.com’s Jason Beck.

Gonzalez wound up batting just .167 with a .452 OPS in nine games with the Tigers, and he hit .177 with a .433 OPS in 41 games last summer for the Brewers. This may be the end of the road for the 37-year-old, who has played for seven different teams over the course of his 16-year major league career.

The Tigers called up Danny Worth in a corresponding move Sunday morning.

Worth is expected to split time at shortstop with Andrew Romine.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    No matter where he goes from here, Alex Gonzalez will always have this:

    http://m.mlb.com/video/v7020877/2003-ws-gm-4-gonzalezs-walkoff-homer-ties-series

    Vaya con Dios, Alex, and thanks for the awesome memory.

    • clydeserra - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      and muffing a double play ball after bartman

      • twinfan24 - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        clyde – I believe you have the wrong Alex Gonzalez

      • clydeserra - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:21 PM

        doh.

        Well, when the Mariners Chris Young returns to the 30 HR guy that he was in arizona, their offense will really take off

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      God I miss Jeff Weaver in pinstripes.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        Remember that the next time someone tells you Torre was a tactical genius, that the Yankees lost that game b/c Jeff freaking Weaver pitched, and the greatest closer (post season pitcher?) of all time never did…

  2. irishtiger17 - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    That Doug Fister trade just keeps getting better (for everyone else) Does DUMBrowski even know that Stephen Drew is out there?

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 20, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Stephen who?

    • clydeserra - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      the thing is, the cost of Drew is about the same as the gonzalez trade

    • twinfan24 - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      If Drew realizes what his actual value is, then the Tigers might be interested. Or, when it gets late enough that the draft pick compensation goes away.

    • frank433 - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      Go back to Mlive with that nonsense irishtiger.

    • pwshrugged - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      The Tigers aren’t going to lose a draft pick to get one year of Stephen Drew. The farm system is decimated from win-now trades, so the draft pick is simply too valuable.

      That said, don’t be surprised if they sign Drew after the draft in June, when that no longer matters.

  3. gigab0t - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    “Tigers release Alex Gonzalez”

    “Good!”

    “Andrew Romine & Danny Worth will platoon SS”

    “…”

  4. redwinger6 - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    So what was the point of trading Lombardozi, a guy the Tigers thought could help when they traded Fister? Did they really just trade him to get rid of him or something?

    • frank433 - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      Needed somebody to play shortstop, and they didn’t think Lombardozi could do that.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:43 PM

        That’s not the problem. The problem is that they thought Alex Gonzalez could play shortstop.

  5. straightouttavtown - Apr 20, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Sad news. He, Miguel Cabrera, and Josh Beckett are the only active players remaining from the magical 2003 Marlins team led by Jack McKeon. He was miscast as a starting SS but I hope someone take a shot at him as a utility man.

  6. Eutaw's Finest - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Hey there. No to throw salt on the wound BUT Lombardozzi? They guy Detroit sent to Baltimore? They one everybody chastised as a cast off who can’t hit and has sub par D? He’s hitting near .300 for the O’s and playing everyday 2B. I know the need for SS was greater than keeping Lombardozzi but yea… Kinda worked out in Baltimore.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      We’re just a few weeks in, son. Don’t get all excited yet.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 20, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        The fact that it’s just a few weeks in makes it all the worse. Fister for Ray & a DFA?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:20 PM

        What are you talking about?

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:34 PM

        The fact that DD traded Dog down so far. 1.1 million & Lombardozzi is a lot to give up for 3 weeks of Alex Gonzalez.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:46 PM

        I was talking to him about the O’s and Lombardozzi. Keep up.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        I deliberately misunderstood like a small child to make my point about DD’s follies.

        I also don’t think Lombo discovered a new level, just like I don’t think Kinsler has rediscovered his 2011 form.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        So, you’re waiting to exhale?

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 20, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        The only thing I’m doing differently today is vaping some artificial Easter basket grass. Variety is the spice of life.

        Tastes scotch tape-y.

      • pappageorgio - Apr 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        Everyone thought Lombardozzi was the centerpiece in that trade. In reality it was Ray and Krol (who’s been good in relief). The tigers got 2 young pitchers in that trade.

        And it makes no difference how well SL is playing at 2nd. We didn’t need that…..we have kinsler who’s been great.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Apr 21, 2014 at 7:39 AM

        I have Flaherty to compare him to. Of course I’m excited!

  7. pwshrugged - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    This sort of underscores just how into scramble-mode the Tigers went when the severity of Iglesias’s injury became known. It also underscores just how poor the Fister trade looks, as now we traded Fister for just Robbie Ray and Krol. The organization is, from what I’ve heard, VERY high on Ray, and Krol looks like a capable lefty reliever… but really, until Ray comes up to the show and impresses, this will trade will continue to look like a steaming pile to fans.

    WIsh Gonzalez well, though. He seemed like a good clubhouse presence and he seemed to put a good effort out there on the field. I just don’t understand why the Tigers didn’t go with a Romine/Worth/Lobardozzi combo from the beginning.

  8. bostonfrogs - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Players have slumps, but so do managers and GM’s. With Leyland gone and the Tigers’ window of opportunity closing, Dombrowski picked a bad time to have a career worst off-season.

  9. nsstlfan - Apr 20, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Clydeserra…. Get your Alex Gonzalez right. That was the other that played.

  10. grnngold - Apr 21, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    I have a feeling Weeks will be the next one getting walking papers!!!

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