Brandon Inge’s future as a member of the Detroit Tigers
Considering the recent decline of Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge’s offensive production and the increased overall talent and power of the Tigers’ roster, it is questionable whether or not Inge will fit in with the rest of the team come the regular season.
With the movement of Miguel Cabrera to third base, and the newly acquired Prince Fielder holding down the first base position, the only option for Inge was to prove himself worthy of becoming the Tigers‘ second baseman. Unfortunately, his batting woes having continued to plague his performance through spring training. He is batting a measly .174. He is undoubtedly a valuable asset to have on the defensive side of the ball, but unfortunately for him, the Tigers’ have taken on an offensive-driven personality. It would probably be best if Inge and the Tigers parted ways. The only thing holding the Tigers organization from doing that is Inge’s hefty $6 million salary.
Detroit Tigers fans can expect to see the reliable Ramon Santiago as the second base starter for most of the season. Danny Worth and Brandon Inge will most likely split the rest of the playing time at the position. There will be a lot of back and forth between Worth and Inge, as Leyland will try to play them when they are at their highest levels of offensive production. So, assuming that Inge remains with the Tigers through the entire season, that means that both he and Worth will see some time in the minors.
The only reasons Inge is still on the team is 1) because of his high pay check, and 2) because his relationship with the skipper Jim Leyland is like that of a father and a son. Inge doesn’t have too much time left as a Tiger. The break up between Leyland and Inge, and the fans and Inge, will be a tough one to swallow. The identity of the Tigers is changing, and Inge is not a piece of the puzzle.