The Tigers and Brandon Inge came to an agreement on a four year, $24 million deal. I like this deal on a few different levels. One, it’s bargain, at least in this day and age. $6 million for a gold glove caliber, homerun hitting third baseman isn’t all that expensive. A lot of people will look at Brandon’s batting average (.253 last year, .241 over his career) as a reason to argue against this deal but in my opinion, we could do a lot worse then having Brandon over at third base for the next four years at $6 million a season.
And I’ll also admit I’m a big Brandon Inge fan. If given the choice of a player’s jersey to wear, I’d probably choose Inge’s. He’s been on the Tigers longer then any other player and he was given up for dead after the Tigers signed Pudge Rodriguez prior to the 2004 season. He lost his spot, accepted a role as a utlitly man and when Eric Munson didn’t work out, Inge took over for him at third. I’m still convinced Inge will walk away with a gold glove at some point during the time of this contract.
One thing I found interesting is that since 2000, the Tigers roster has completely turned around. Brandon Inge came up in 2001 and he’s the only Tiger on that team that’s played for Detroit continuously since then. There have been a lot of changes since then, most of them for the better.