Tigers Add Infield Depth in Casilla
An off day on the schedule, but not an off day in the front office for the Detroit Tigers on Monday as General Manager Dave Dombrowski swings a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays organization to acquire veteran infielder Alexi Casilla.
MLive's Chris Iott reports cash considerations or a player to be named later are heading the other way in the deal.
Casilla, 30, has yet to make his major league debut this year and had only one appearance with the Baltimore Orioles in 2014.
The Tigers are expected to use Casilla as AAA support in case of injury as they now boast decent infield depth with Dixon Machado recently moving to third base down in Toledo.
Couple that sentiment with Andrew Romine playing well defensively off the bench (.962 fielding percentage across five positions) and the Tigers are well equipped at the left side of the infield to bear even the worst injury bug (knock on wood).
Most of Casilla's now 10-year career has been spent with the Minnesota Twins (2006-2012) where he hit 11 home runs with 147 RBIs and had an offensive slash of .250/.305/.334 in the Twin Cities.
Perhaps his most famous moment came back in 2009, a game Tigers fans will not remember well as he drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning to end the famous "Game 163" that saw Minnesota clinch the AL Central.
In case you want to go through the gut wrenching again, here it is: