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Can Ramon Santiago hold his own?


At points last season, I was so frustrated with the play of Mr. Edgar Renteria (I’m sure we all were), that I wanted anyone to replace him at shortstop position. When Ramon Santiago did that though, I felt, at least in sperts, that he could be a capable starter on our squad? Was I way off Base? Who knows.

One thing that is clear though, is that Santiago took advantage of his at bats in 2008. The utility infielder put together a nice .411 On Base percentage and showed the ability to move runners on a consistent basis. He has good range, a decent arm, and makes plays at a consistent basis. What’s wrong with that?

According to Jason Beck though, Dave Dombrowski has “gut instinct” that Santiago can’t handle 150 games at the position. In 600 career at bats, the man has a .302 OBP. Mind you that is in spotty playing time. If the Tigers don’t give it a try, how will they ever figure out if Santiago has what it takes to be a major leaguer. If every option seems to fall out of the Tiger’s radar, then they could attempt to start the season with Santiago. But the chances of this are very slim.

Other Tiger Notes:

  • Former Tiger Edgar Renteria might have signed with the San Fransisco Giants today. All Tigers fans should celebrate the fact that he isn’t returning in 2009 (not like there was a chance, just the whole back of the mind thing. See Jeff Jones Bullpen coach). Renteria could sign for two years at nine million a year, according to MLB Trade Rumors. The Giants could give up their second round pick to the Tigers for signing the type B free agent.
  • According to Jason Beck, The Tigers expect Jeremy Bonderman to be back for Spring Training. That is good to hear. Bonderman went down with a similar blood clot injury as Kenny Rogers did in 2007. This could have a slight affect any moves that could be made to bring in starting pitching.
  • Sources, including the chicago tribune believe that the Tigers could be eyeing Orlando Cabrera. That could be a nice fit. Cabrera is only looking for a one one to two year deal.