The Detroit Tigers announced Wednesday that they have re-signed infielder Ramon Santiago to a two-year deal. Santiago, who played a key role in Detroit’s drive to the ALCS this past season, had tested the free-agent market in hopes of landing a starting job somewhere.
Back with Detroit, he’s likely to fill the same role has has for the past several seasons — that of a utility infielder. However, he could have the inside track on the second base starting post, if the Tigers do not make any other big moves this offseason. Santiago and Ryan Raburn would split time at second, as things stand now.
The news of Santiago’s return comes just one day after FOX reported that the Tigers were in the mix for a Maicer Izturis trade. Santiago’s re-signing makes that possibility looks less plausible now — Izturis is a similar player to Santiago, both in the field and at the plate.
The Tigers also were rumored to be interested in Martin Prado earlier this offseason, with speculation centering on a Delmon Young-for-Prado deal. Prado has experience at second base, as well.
Santiago hit .260 during the 2011 regular season, then batted .289 during Detroit’s postseason run.