Detroit Tigers Add Depth In The Minors

The Detroit Tigers announced that they signed a group of players, including C Derek Norris, to Minor League deals.

The biggest news for Detroit Tigers fans came today in the signing of outfielder Leonys Martin. In addition to this, the Tigers announced deals with catcher Derek Norris, right-handed pitcher Enrique Burgos, first baseman Edwin Espinel, and Jim Adduci (who was already a Tiger).

In addition to minor-league deals with the

Tigers, each of the players received an invite to major league spring training in February.

According to Bob Nightengale, the Tigers offered Derek Norris a contract worth $1.2 million if he makes the roster. In addition, he’ll have another $300,000 in incentives. Norris has an MLB average of .230/.304/.380. The 28-year-old catcher was a 2014 All-Star, and last played for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Enrique Burgos most recently spent time in the Diamondbacks farm system. According to MLB Trade Rumors the 27-year old pitcher has averaged 10.8 K/9 in 68 1/3 innings with the Diamondbacks dating back to 2015.

23-year-old Edwin Espinal spent last season in the Pirates farm system in a campaign that included him winning the 2017 Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove award, the result of going through the entire season without committing an error. Last season he posted a .294 with 31 doubles, 15 homers, 86 RBIs and a .774 OPS

Behind the plate, he’s compiled a batting average of .279 throughout his career in the minors. Prior to the Tigers signing, Espinal spent the last seven seasons with the Pirates.

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In 93 PAs at the big league level with the Detroit Tigers, 32-year-old Jim Adduci posted a slash line of .241/.323/.398. Adduci is a familiar name for the Detroit Tigers, having signed him after he had a strong stint in Korea.  Adduci will get his second chance with the Tigers, after an oblique strain in Mid-May halted an early season run. 


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