Tigers, Inge Agree To Two-Year Extension

The longest tenured Tiger is staying in Detroit. The Tigers announced that they signed Brandon Inge to a two-year extension with a club option for 2013. Inge's deal is worth $11.5MM, according to MLB.com's Jason Beck (on Twitter). The third baseman earns $5.5MM in 2011 and 2012 and will either earn $6MM or a $500K buyout in 2013. Inge's four-year $24MM deal expired after the season, and he soon began discussing a multi-year extension with the Tigers.

Inge, 33, batted .247/.321/.397 last year with 13 homers. As usual, the ten-year veteran showed some power, struck out frequently and hit for a low average. According to UZR, Inge also played above-average defense for the sixth consecutive season. Though he no longer contributes behind the plate or in the outfield, Inge gives the Tigers excellent defense at the hot corner.

Early in the season, I suggested the 2009 All-Star was headed for a $4-6MM guarantee, but Inge did considerably better than that. The extension gives Scott Boras one less potential destination for Adrian Beltre, the best player on this year's free agent third base market.


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114 Comments on "Tigers, Inge Agree To Two-Year Extension"


foxtown
4 years 9 months ago

From what I’ve heard, Tigers fans were ready for a fresh face at third base. Maybe there will be one in 2 years…

tigers22
4 years 9 months ago

There will be… Nick Castellanos.

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

Agreed, a 2 year deal with an option for a third is the ideal timing for Nick Castellanos to get seasoned and get ready to make the show. at 5.5 mill a year, this is a very good move by DD. After Beltre (who would end up being WAY WAY overpaid in the bidding war that is coming) and Inge, there is a HUGE falloff for 3B on the FA market this year. Bring back Peralta, or maybe DD has an ace up his sleeve to land a good hitting SS in a trade, and then go hard after Vmart and Dunn, … the pieces could be falling into place for the Tigers to be serious contenders for several years.

tigers22
4 years 9 months ago

I agree with pretty much everything you said. I do think DD will try to make a surprise splash in the trade market, and I’d love to see Dunn’s bat in that lineup with Miggy.

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

Bring back Ordonez (he’ll probably sign for less that 15 million if you give him more than 1 year) and bring in Dunn to DH

Dunn Cabrera Ordonez and then possibly VMart after that. That is a scary 3-6.

4 years 9 months ago

Scary like zombies, slowest 3-6 in all of MLB they’d have. Tigers will lead all of MLB in GIDP with those 4 in a row in the lineup.

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

you can run pretty slow when you hit it over the fence.

jphenix2002
4 years 9 months ago

But you can’t when you’re on defense (unless you’re bj upton!), which 3 of those 4 must be. I like your confidence in the bats compensating for the defense but 4 dh’s on one team is ridiculous, 5 if you count guillen (with his injury history I would ONLY consider him at DH). Werth or Crawford alone would do Detroit better than ordonez and martinez. Dunn is a lefty power bat they need though.

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

Martinez can play catcher decent enough to be the starter. Ordonez can still play very well in RF. He was doing great last year till he broke his ankle. If he feels fine, by all means, bring him back. Get Raburn or Wells or Boesch to play Left, or move Ordonez to left so he dosen’t have to cover as much ground if you are worried about his range. Between one of those 3 and Jackson, they can shade enough one way to take some pressure off Maggs. Guillen is the odd man out though. I think the Tigers will try to trade him, or they might buy out his contract.

airohpue13
4 years 9 months ago

Let’s get this straight. VMart cannot play decent enough defense at catcher and that’s one position where I wouldn’t feel comfortable sacrificing defense for offense.

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

Martinez can play catcher decent enough to be the starter. Ordonez can still play very well in RF. He was doing great last year till he broke his ankle. If he feels fine, by all means, bring him back. Get Raburn or Wells or Boesch to play Left, or move Ordonez to left so he dosen’t have to cover as much ground if you are worried about his range. Between one of those 3 and Jackson, they can shade enough one way to take some pressure off Maggs. Guillen is the odd man out though. I think the Tigers will try to trade him, or they might buy out his contract.

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

you can run pretty slow when you hit it over the fence.

4 years 9 months ago

Scary like zombies, slowest 3-6 in all of MLB they’d have. Tigers will lead all of MLB in GIDP with those 4 in a row in the lineup.

dc21892
4 years 9 months ago

Guess that means they’re out on Beltre?

ellisburks
4 years 9 months ago

I know there is a huge shortage of talent at third base this offseason, but a multi-year contract to a man who has averaged a .719 OPS over the last two years? I am sure they could have gotten him for one year. Of course we havn’t seen the money part of it yet but still…two years?

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

I call 2/15 plus 10 million option.

gamaize
4 years 9 months ago

Not likely

BravesRed
4 years 9 months ago

Need I remind you, this is the same team that gave Damon double what anyone else offered him after he turned down the Yankees offer, and a no-trade clause.

gamaize
4 years 9 months ago

No, I am aware of what they have done I just really doubt that they would give him a 10million option. I also doubt that they would pay him 7.5m per season, then again, Illitch is loyal, to much at times.

Hermie13
4 years 9 months ago

Very, very reasonable considering how well he plays at 3B. Yeah, he K’s a TON but saves so many runs with his D, he’s worth $7M or so a year. Not to mention he’s able to catch and play the OF if there’s an injury.

He’ll make Jhonny Peralta look so much better at SS too (if they bring him back).

4 years 9 months ago

Inge’s range has fallen off tremendously (-5.0) . So he won’t be helping Peralta much, rather, Peralta will be helping him.

Pawsdeep
4 years 9 months ago

The rumor mill says 6 million over 2 years with incentives based on performance.

They didn’t spend to much on him is what I’m hearing considering he is a gold glove third basemen

peoples27
4 years 9 months ago

inge is actually not a gold glove third basemen. his only accolade is his 1 all star appearance, in which he entered the hr derby and hit 0 home runs

RedSox2219
4 years 9 months ago

Why so soon? His value would have dropped the longer he went unsigned in free agency.

DK_hits_20
4 years 9 months ago

Not necessarily. I think there will be a pretty intense bidding war for Beltre which probably would have driven up the price for Inge if he was still available at that time. That’s probably why Dombrowski made this signing early.

rockfordone
4 years 9 months ago

He is a Tiger fan favorite. Bottom line. .247 hitter. not good

bbxxj
4 years 9 months ago

Being a .247 hitter does not make you a ‘not good’ hitter as the bottom line. You can be a .247/.350/.600/.950 hitter with 50HRs and be an obviously good hitter. Thats not that farr off from what Jose Bautista did this year (hit .260).

Inge is not a great hitter for other reasons, but its not soley from his batting average.

ellisburks
4 years 9 months ago

Could you be talking about his career .701 OPS for a corner infielder?

peoples27
4 years 9 months ago

inge was only a .247 hitter this past year…his career average is .237

4 years 9 months ago

.237 career, he bumped it up to .247 this season as it was a contract year.

Motor_City_Bombshell
4 years 9 months ago

As long as the price is right…I’m okay with this. I was hoping the extension was going to be a short one. As long as the price is around $4-7 million per and they don’t pick up his option for 2013, I’m a content Tiger’s fan. Not happy, because well, let’s face it, Inge’s bat isn’t exactly what I wanted to see as a fixture for the Tigers the next couple seasons, but if they get some support in the lineup this year, this is an okay move for me.

4 years 9 months ago

Twins and White Sox also love it.

rootman1010
4 years 9 months ago

i bet it’s less than $10MM for the two years combined with the option being like $5.5MM.

JaySchu
4 years 9 months ago

Mets were the easy choice here.

4 years 9 months ago

People will be celebrating this today on the South side of Chicago and in Minnesota.

Hermie13
4 years 9 months ago

No they’re not. It means the Tigers will likely be a better team in 2011.

peoples27
4 years 9 months ago

how do you think the 2011 tigers are better because of this signing? with inge in the lineup, the tigers have never won the division.

4 years 9 months ago

The Tigers have never won the division with Cabrera in the line-up either.

peoples27
4 years 9 months ago

cabrera is the tigers offense though…that is where the difference is…but that being said, if the team is going to keep finishing 2nd and 3rd, then they need to do whatever it takes to get to first…and if it were required to move cabrera to do so, then so be it.

4 years 9 months ago

How does signing a soon to be 34 year old with a career .700 OPS and rapidly deteriorating defensive skills make any team better? I’ll hang up and wait for your answer.

4 years 9 months ago

How does signing a soon to be 34 year old with a career .700 OPS and rapidly deteriorating defensive skills make any team better? I’ll hang up and wait for your answer.

DutchTiger
4 years 9 months ago

I guess the front office liked the defense of Inge combined with Peralta. I don’t mind his bat if they sign two other .300 bats to compensate.

ToledoFan
4 years 9 months ago

Agreed 100% on this one. This is a great move IF they bring in 2 solid hitters. HEck, bringing in Dunn, Werth, and MArtinez would give them a scary good lineup

Jackson CF
Sizemore/Rhymes/Guillen 2B
Dunn DH
Cabrera 1B
Werth RF
Martinez C
Raburn/Boesch LF
Peralta SS
Inge 3B

Add another lefty to the rotation (De La Rosa) and a couple of arms in the BP (Downs, Putz) and this is a scary good team…IF those moves happen.

jphenix2002
4 years 9 months ago

That lineup sure looks good in text but who knows if that group would mesh as a team. At least one of them is bound to regress next season, maybe all three offensive players considering Comerica. Besides, even with the $$$ it will be tough to have a monopoly on a FA class (except for NYY). That said, I would take any of those FA over our in-house options and would be stoked to have that lineup going into the season.

EDIT:before any confusion happens I didn’t miss your IF statement.

peoples27
4 years 9 months ago

i can go with this thought

4 years 9 months ago

Dombrowski was pretty much told to give Inge new paper by Pizza Pizza guy. Dombrowski hates Inge.

pmc765
4 years 9 months ago

In the next two years, it is certainly possible Inge will perform so poorly the Tigers will have to release him and eat the remainder of this contract. If that happens, it’s only money and Peralta is a younger replacement.

Inge at his best, hitting homers and making plays, is worth a modest investment, which I assume this is.

Hermie13
4 years 9 months ago

Inge will have to fall off a TON for the Tigers to even think about releasing him.

His WAR has been over 2 each of the past 2 seasons, and according to his “value’ he was worth $8.5M this year.

People vastly underrate his defensive value and overreact to his K’s and low batting average.

peoples27
4 years 9 months ago

considering that a regular position players war is between 3 and 5, that make inge less than regular…

4 years 9 months ago

Uhm… if your regular position players happen to be stars, yah. Otherwise, I don’t know who is consistently putting up an average WAR of 4. Maybe you aren’t that familiar with WAR, but your median player puts up a WAR of about 2 annually. Putting up an average of 3 WAR would still be a markedly above average player, probably under arb or getting paid over 10m annually. For guys who play 3B regularly, over the last 3 years, here are the ones who had a WAR that averaged 3:

Chone Figgins, Michael Young, Kevin Kouzmanoff (Closer to 2.75, but we’ll give it to him)

There aren’t “regular players.” These guys are well above average. Every one of them is fantasy baseball relevant. Inge isn’t one of those guys, but you’re talking about guys like Wigginton and Felipe Lopez when you dip lower.

4 years 9 months ago

Teams typically look to under team control prospects over free agents when signing players with a max WAR of 2.0. At least the prospects have the prospect of getting better. Inge will only get worse.

jphenix2002
4 years 9 months ago

I disagree about the overreactions. The low batting average is fine for an 8 or 9 hitter that can get productive outs, but Inge doesn’t get productive outs. Strikeouts kill rallies.

peoples27
4 years 9 months ago

pmc765, that is part of the problem with the perception of inge. people see him as a home run hitter, but the truth of the matter is that he only has 2 seasons with over 20 home runs. his average season, according to baseball reference only would yield 17 homers to go along with that .237 hitting average and .256 strike out average.

Rob NY
4 years 9 months ago

love inge.

4 years 9 months ago

I scrolled down looking for this…

4 years 9 months ago

Every other team’s fan base loves Inge. Heck, if they love him so much , they shold sign him to play on their team.

gamaize
4 years 9 months ago

Tough to evaluate this without knowing what other moves are made. I like Inge, like his glove and can put up with his bat(lack of) if they add some other bats to the lineup.I doubt his option gets picked up if it is a team option, better be, as his knees are close to done.

DutchTiger
4 years 9 months ago

Picking up his option will also depend on the development of Castellanos, who will have two years to develop in the minors without being blocked by a long term signing at third base.

4 years 9 months ago

He takes up a roster spot and 600 at-bats. It’s not like MLB is going to like the Tigers run a 10 man lineup out there with a 26 man roster because they have Inge.

rellime
4 years 9 months ago

The tigers signing Inge and possibly Peralta are them saying that they are going to go hard after some big hitters. Inge may not be the best hitter but his fielding is amazing and will help Peralta with his range, and will still help a bit with some offense. Peralta may not have the best average but he is a solid RBI guy and proved that in Detroit. With the boat load of money coming off the books for Detroit don’t be surprised to see a couple big name players come to Detroit either from FA or a trade. Dombrowski has already said he’s looking for big RBI guy to help protect Cabrera and a good outfielder to fill that void. Bullpen is after that and then a decent starter.

The_Porcupine
4 years 9 months ago

Actually it says the free agent market is very thin and that they are the best options available. Especially if the Tigers are unwilling to deal prospects.

The_Porcupine
4 years 9 months ago

I like the signing in the sense that it keeps them out of the Beltre sweepstakes. Beltre is doomed to disappoint after his big year and I think Detroit would be the worse possible match for Beltre besides going back to the Mariners.

twins33
4 years 9 months ago

Hopefully the Twins aren’t dumb enough to do this with Punto. I hear he’s gone, but who knows…

Hermie13
4 years 9 months ago

They would be very dumb to do so. Inge is a starter…..Punto a utility infielder. Inge > Punto.

Unless Punto accepts a deal for $2M a year tops, he won’t be back in Minny.

twins33
4 years 9 months ago

I worry because they already did it once. I can see them being stupid again. I agree that he’s not worth more than 2 million. If his option is picked up, he’ll be making the same money, I believe….which is what I was trying to refer to.

I think Inge is a little overpaid though. I think he should have had Punto’s old contract (2/8.5 with a 5 million option). And Punto should have never been anywhere near those numbers, but his contract was kind of like a market value bar that Inge needed to be at or above.

gamaize
4 years 9 months ago

2 years 11.5 million per beck’s twitter. No idea on option.

Far cry from 15mil

Hermie13
4 years 9 months ago

Very good deal for the Tigers. Inge is a younger, more versatile, and better defensive version of Casey Blake who got a 3yr/$18+M deal not long ago. Blake has a bit more power, but the trade off of defense is worth it IMO.

As much as I hate the Tigers, well done and good deal with Inge.

Now time to get some protection for Miggy.

4 years 9 months ago

“better defensive version of Casey Blake”?

AYRTS, IA?

Blake 7.3 RngR 7.7 UZR
Inge -3.8 RngR 3.5 UZR

inge wasn’t anywhere near the defensive 3B Blake was in 2010.

gamaize
4 years 9 months ago

Option for 6million with a 500k buyout.

Numbers aren’t bad at all.

4 years 9 months ago

So, DD not only signed him b/c of his defensive value, but because he thinks Inge can also chip in double-digit homeruns? Interesting…

gamaize
4 years 9 months ago

You don’t think Inge could get 10-14 HR’s?

rbeezy
4 years 9 months ago

If Inge plays all year with no injuries a 245/20/80 season is not out of question. Not bad for a #7 or #8 hitter with excellent defense.

peoples27
4 years 9 months ago

not out of the question, except for the fact that his career averages are 237/17/70 so he would have to have an above average year to make that happen

and then you call him a 7/8 hitter…since when do 7/8 hitters get paid 5.5 to 6 mill a year?

rbeezy
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t see your agrument? It’s a fair wage for a veteran, the Tigers aren’t the Marlins. Have a look around the league at the bigger market teams and educate your-self.

cubfan4life
4 years 9 months ago

Just because it is a bigger market team doesnt mean that he deserves those dollars. 2yr/9M seemed like closer to a fair deal for Inge.
Just because its Detroit and not Pittsburgh doesnt mean he deserves it, just that they are willing to overpay by a couple million.

airohpue13
4 years 9 months ago

Most hitters of his caliber wouldn’t be worth this type of contract. I think the reason that Inge is worth close to this contract is because he’s a fan favorite in the Detroit area, not my favorite, but chicks love him. He gets people to go to games and thus brings more money into the organization than a typical hitter like him would.

4 years 9 months ago

Winning and going to the post-season would bring in a tsunami of cash that’d crush the trickle of Inge jersey dollars.

cubfan4life
4 years 9 months ago

Just because it is a bigger market team doesnt mean that he deserves those dollars. 2yr/9M seemed like closer to a fair deal for Inge.
Just because its Detroit and not Pittsburgh doesnt mean he deserves it, just that they are willing to overpay by a couple million.

peoples27
4 years 9 months ago

it a fair wage for a veteran? not a veteran of inge’s offensive stature.

in 2009 pedro feliz with his career .250/17/74 received a 4.5 million contract, melvin mora with his career .278/18/79 received a 1.3 million contract, and then there is this guy, polanco, .303/10/64 he got a 3yr 18 million contract.

i would like to see the veterans you are talking about though, it could be interesting…

rbeezy
4 years 9 months ago

You must think MLB runs on monopoly money. Melvin Mora was a washed up hack and platooned half the year before he signed with the rockies. Feliz signed a million less then Inge, Polanco is an equal defensive player to inge, but a contact hitter and signed a 3 year deal? You make no sense, I don’t think the tigers are going to lose the world series on this move. Time to move on bud.

rbeezy
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t see your agrument? It’s a fair wage for a veteran, the Tigers aren’t the Marlins. Have a look around the league at the bigger market teams and educate your-self.