Tigers ink third baseman Michael Almanzar to a minor league deal


The Tigers have reportedly come to terms with third baseman Michael Almanzar, adding more depth to their minor league system for the 2017 season.

As Woodbery said above, Almanzar has spent his professional career down on the farm for both Boston (2008-14) and Baltimore (14-16). He spent the 2016 season at Triple-A Norfolk where in 118 games played, he slashed .241/.297/.380, with ten home runs and 41 runs batted in. In his nine career minor league seasons, Almanzar posts a .245 BA and a .663 OPS.

Defensively, he’s played in over 900 games at a corner infield position – first base and third base. The bulk of his playing time has been at the latter, over 770 games played at the hot corner and compiling a .928 fielding percentage. A smaller sample size at first base, but his fielding % skyrockets to .991 when shifted across the diamond.