With Brandon Inge struggling at third base, the Tigers have acquired Wilson Betemit from the Royals in a deal for two minor leaguers, the teams announced Wednesday.

To get Betemit, who hit .281 in 57 games for the Royals, the Tigers gave up a pair of players who were in Class A, pitcher Antonio Cruz and catcher Julio Rodriguez. Neither was considered to be one of the team’s top prospects.

The Tigers have had just a .500 OPS out of their third basemen (mostly Inge, but also Don Kelly) this year. The only team worse has been the Mariners (mostly Chone Figgins), at .463.

The Tigers signed Inge to a two-year, $11.5 million contract last winter, but he has been awful offensively all season. Inge is hitting just .177, and has hit only one home run.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told reporters in Detroit that he considers Kelly to be ahead of Inge on the Tigers’ depth chart at third base. Dombrowski said that the Tigers would make a roster move once Betemit reports on Thursday, while refusing to commit on Inge’s future with the team.

Comments (7)
  1. DShaker15 says:

    well im sure this is and will be a great day for all the INGE haters out there..you have your wish ..and its a relief ..no more INGE bashing..but im sure the Haters will just move on to the next unlucky player on this team….soo lets see where the chips fall and hope for the improvement that everyone thinks will happen..lets come back to this in OCT…LOL

    1. Paul Wonnacott says:

      Yea, lets do that. Inge would have to bat 350-400 the rest of the year just to reach his career average. Just saying!

  2. Photomike says:

    I am not a hater or a lover of Inge’s. I am a tiger fan foremost. It is time to improve at third base and I hope this helps us move in that direction. However I have been done with Inge since he made such a fuss about having to catch a couple of years ago. His fielding was great but that additude that he displayed then was uncalled for. He should of been happy to do his job for the good of the team! And to know that could come up again does not sit well for the team concept. (maybe it has shown up with his recent comments)

    1. Photomike says:

      Inge or Rayburn who should go first?

      1. rogerb83 says:

        can i choose both

  3. Matt says:

    It’s not a great day for tiger fans when replace player like Inge. Inge been a pathic player when comes to his hitting. The only thing saved his sorry ass was his defense. The sad part is tiger did not have give up much to get player who better than him.

  4. alex says:

    Inge was the best at 3rd base. Whatever ailments he has, he should have been given the same opportunities as Ordonez or Guillen. Who together have played half as well as Inge prior to his knee surgery. But I think Inge knew something was up, bo go ahead dumbroski and rid yourself of all the natural born American players so we can cheer for Texas. Stupid move like trading Edwin Jackson who threw a what against the Tigers…mmmmmm shut out. Maybe losing is what they want.

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