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Ramon Santiago Signing Gives Detroit Tigers Roster Flexibility

Justin Bopp over at MLB Daily Dish is reporting that the Detroit Tigers have signed a two-year deal with Ramon Santiago for $4 million, giving the Tigers a possible starter at second and seasoned utility player. The Tigers have been active in the market, and are reportedly also in on various starting pitchers and outfielder Coco Crisp. About their latest signing, Bopp writes:

Santiago is entering his 11th major-league season, all but two of which he's spent with the Tigers (the other two were in Seattle). He's a prototypical bench option on a good team, giving the Tigers breathers at second, short, and third. Santiago is a career .249 / .316 / .342 hitter, which is just enough to keep him around as a back up utility guy. Jim Bowden points out that with his glove, if he just had speed or power, he'd be good-enough as an every day player. I'm guessing that the Tigers are still on the hunt for an every day starter, but Leyland did have Santiago starting a number of games toward the end of last season.