KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) –– The Detroit Tigers have quickly moved to help replace injured shortstop Jose Iglesias, acquiring Andrew Romine from the Los Angeles Angels for left-hander Jose Alvarez.
The AL Central champions dealt for Romine on Friday, a day after they learned Iglesias could miss the season because of stress fractures in both legs.
Romine, 28, played in 47 games for the Angels last season and batted .259. He is considered a good defensive player and stole 15 bases in 89 minor league games last year. General manager Dave Dombrowski expects the left-handed hitter to share time at shortstop with either Hernan Perez or Danny Worth.
Perez made his major league debut last year and Worth has been a utilityman with the Tigers the past four seasons.
The 25-year-old Alvarez pitched in 14 games for the Tigers last season, making six starts. He was 1-5 with a 5.82 ERA.