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Detroit Tigers: Best Second Baseman Since 2000

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Sep 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante (14) steals second base ahead outfield the tag by Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) in the seventh inning at Comerica Park. Detroit won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante (14) steals second base ahead outfield the tag by Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) in the seventh inning at Comerica Park. Detroit won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 7, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante (14) swings the bat during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 7, 2016; Mesa, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante (14) swings the bat during the second inning against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Omar Infante

Omar Infante started his Major League career with the Tigers in 2002 after being signed as a free agent in 1999. The versatile player, who as appeared at second base, shortstop and all three outfield spots, spent eight years in his career.

The veteran’s first stint as the team’s starting second baseman came in 2004 when he played in 142 games. During those contests, he hit .264 and stuffed the stat sheet offensively. Infante collected 55 RBI, 27 doubles, 16 home runs, 13 stolen bases and nine triples.

However, he posted a .247 batting average in limited playing time over the next three seasons, and was ultimately dealt to the Chicago Cubs for Jacque Jones.

A little under five years later, Infante returned to the Motor City in the same deal that brought Anibal Sanchez to Detroit. The second baseman would go on to hit .257 down the stretch in 2012, but really came to life in 2013 when he produced a .318 batting average in 118 games. During those same 118 games, the 34-year-old drove in 51 runs, while also adding 24 doubles, 10 home runs, five stolen bases and three triples.

He has since signed with the Kansas City Royals, who he’s been playing for 2014.

In total, Infante posted a 3.6 WAR with the Tigers, and averaged a 1.2 WAR number per season as a starter at second base.

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