Tigers Release Brandon Inge

The Tigers announced that they've released infielder Brandon Inge (Twitter link). Detroit will call up Brad Eldred to take Inge's place on the active roster.

Inge, the Tigers' primary third baseman for much of the past eight seasons, was the team's longest tenured player. However, the Tigers didn't have an obvious role for him after signing Prince Fielder and moving Miguel Cabrera to third base. The ever-versatile Inge learned second base this Spring Training, earning praise from his bosses for his defensive work. However, he has just two hits in 20 trips to the plate so far this season and he posted a .548 OPS last year, so the Tigers weren't getting much from him on offense. 

Inge, an All-Star in 2009, has two 27-homer seasons to his name. He has considerable MLB experience at third, catcher and center field, plus recent experience as a second baseman. I'd be surprised if teams view him as anything but a third baseman, though. Inge will earn $5.5MM this season and his contract includes a $6MM club option ($500K) buyout for 2012.

Inge made it clear that he wants to continue playing, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com (via Twitter). Any team that signs him would only owe him a pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum for the remainder of the season. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com first reported the news (Twitter links).


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83 Comments on "Tigers Release Brandon Inge"


3 years 4 months ago

Oakland A’s pick up?

Snoochies8
3 years 4 months ago

not for or against this.

wouldn’t be any worse that the black hole we have there right now

3 years 4 months ago

Absolutely, they are the only team with a hole so bad that Inge would be an upgrade.  A’s 3B’s are something like 5 for 56 with 8 errors.  It’s either Brandon Inge or Sal Bando at this point.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 4 months ago

Good. It was just getting sad and pathetic

johnsilver
3 years 4 months ago

 Shame he just wouldn’t retire and the FO agree to pay him under the table. Like to see people proud like him not just get dumped like that, but yeah.. He has looked just awful with the stick for a couple of years. If he could catch and play defense still as good as he can play 3b, probably could find a gig as a b/u catcher still, but not sure anyone will really want him as bad as he is at the plate.

Really hope he takes the Posada/Tek/Rodriquez route and just retires as a good player who just hangs it up.

Trout Almonte
3 years 4 months ago

“Good player” Ha!

johnsilver
3 years 4 months ago

 You must remember (or not want to) another Inge from the mid 2000’s. That guy had good power from the R/S, actually hit for *some* avg and was as good with the glove as anyone. Only after around ’08 did he start slipping with the bat (he was hurt) then he hurt his back in 2010, tried to play through it.. Which many in the game now would rather lie around on the DL instead and has been a shell of himself since..

Have always respected those gritty types and yes.. He was a good player for 3-5 seasons.

GOTIGERS24
3 years 4 months ago

And you call yourself a tigers fan. He spent 12 seasons in Detroit show some respect

D.j. Wilson
3 years 4 months ago

Wow…he was there a very long time. I will always remember him from during the 2006 glory days

Mike Schwent
3 years 4 months ago

 When you lost the WS?

Thomas
3 years 4 months ago

Classy.

BranchRickeysGhost
3 years 4 months ago

Adam Wainwright remembers him fondly too.

3 years 4 months ago

I think the Tigers wanted to say they gave him every opportunity to stay.  Which they did.

3 years 4 months ago

Would be a decent pick up for the White Sox. Morel has been struggling.

3 years 4 months ago

Actually, I thought the same thing when I first saw this. 

CHendershott
3 years 4 months ago

Knowing KW he will be on the Sox with a 3 year deal. He loves to nab rejects from Division rivals, especially if they are bad (cough cough Teahen).

Running Scared
3 years 4 months ago

its time. just wasnt cutting it anymore. it stopped being comical and just became sad. 

Donny Holmes
3 years 4 months ago

A’s maybe Phils?  At the minimum there are worse guys a club could scoop up.

3 years 4 months ago

I always wanted Inge on the Phillies, however at this point, the glass is definitively half empty.

My biggest concern is that this does not foreshadow what is to become of Chase Utley.  Inge had the same injury that Utley is currently rehabbing, and it is a degenerative condition.  Luckily Utley is only under contract for one more year anyway, so while we lose what he brings to the table, at least we are not in the financial dire straits that Howard’s deal appears to be.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 4 months ago

… From 2006-2019 Chase Utley was the best 2nd baseman in baseball. Brandon Inge is a good player but not Chase Utley caliber.

Even if he comes back at 50% – 75% (which I don’t think is likely considering they’re focusing on strengthening his knees) he’s still going to be a better player than Brandon Inge.

He’s still a high obp guy.

Chase and Brandon went about their recoveries two separate ways.

verlander
3 years 4 months ago

2019? Typo, or can you see into the future?

GriffeyandSizemore
3 years 4 months ago

I guess him and Dombrowski finally broke up.

wadebets
3 years 4 months ago

The A’s better jump ALL OVER this!!!

Robert Slye Jr.
3 years 4 months ago

 Please Please Please!!! I’m tired of our revolving door or suckitude at third base!!

3 years 4 months ago

Well, I don’t think Inge, who appears to have no bat whatsoever, will end that iissue.

Snoochies8
3 years 4 months ago

normally i HATE citing errors when it comes to defense. but our 3rd basemen have been botching routine plays far too much this year. there have even been plays that weren’t called errors that should’ve been. just the defense alone would make inge a huge upgrade

bigmike04
3 years 4 months ago

did they put him on waivers to be released him or just released him outright because if he on waivers to be released than some team out their can claim him..

Which I think their will be team who would claim him as the guy is still capable hitter.

Roggie
3 years 4 months ago

Please tell me you’re being sarcastic.

William Wright
3 years 4 months ago

Capable a hitter as you are a speller…..

chrisn313
3 years 4 months ago

Hahaha

3 years 4 months ago

He didn’t spell a single word wrong in his post. His grammar is awful, but his spelling is just fine. I figured I’d point that out seeing as you feel compelled to carp on people instead of making any valid points or answering his question. 

It was an outright release William

3 years 4 months ago

Now that his salary is on the Tigers, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a desperate NL team give him a shot.  By the metrics, Inge was a plus defensive player last year.  You get him in some games but limit his ABs and you might get lucky.  Personally, I think his ship has sailed.  Glad I got to see his great season defensively in 06.

Karkat
3 years 4 months ago

 Plenty of teams could use defensive depth at third base, with the potential for some power, anyway. Third base is pretty shallow, and it never hurts to have a guy who has experience behind the plate too. For that price, I’m sure Inge won’t be a free agent for too long.

3 years 4 months ago

maybe dodgers could pick him up?

OrelHershisersSinker
3 years 4 months ago

Yes.  Anyone other than Uribe.  For the league min this is the way to go.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

Chicago Cubs in 3,2,1…..

Sourbob
3 years 4 months ago

How do you figure? The Cubs already have a good fielding 3b who isn’t hitting … and at least Stewart has upside.

mrbaseball2usa
3 years 4 months ago

I was thinking the same thing as bonesinis… I sure as hell wouldn’t say Stewart has upside…

sourbob
3 years 4 months ago

I’ll take the 27 year-old former top draft pick/top prospect’s slim odds of finally putting it together over the 35 year-old who was never that great and his slimmer odds of turning back the clock.

wadebets
3 years 4 months ago

I saw Stewart make three horrific plays the other day at third base. He better start hitting.

bleedrockiepurple
3 years 4 months ago

He won’t.

Ptk123
3 years 4 months ago

Stats say you are wrong since Stewart only has 1 error this year. Inge has no knees left, and strikes out on check swings as often as he puts a ball in play.

wadebets
3 years 4 months ago

I didn’t say he made 3 errors, I said 3 bad plays. Plays that a good 3rd baseman would have made. I believe it was the game he made that error though. Maybe it was just an off day.

johnsilver
3 years 4 months ago

 Off Inge topic, but 1st post have noticed seeing you on since yesterday’s Cubs game..

Volstad looked good in the game until he got tired and gave up that HR. Any change in opinion about him? That game he looked more like the guy who remember as a Marlin.

Ryan Mooney
3 years 4 months ago

Phillies should claim him

FillyPhan
3 years 4 months ago

My thoughts exactly. They are grabbing every MLB exp infielder they can.

jammin502
3 years 4 months ago

The real reason for the move was to get Eldred on the major league team.  He has been ripping the cover off of the ball in AAA.  13 homeruns so far?  Yikes!  Too bad he is in his 30s already.  But definitely a better option off the bench offensively.

FacelessGeneralManager
3 years 4 months ago

 So glad to see him get a chance in the majors, I remember him in the minors like ten years ago! Way to stick with it!

jfuze
3 years 4 months ago

Well they gave him more than enough chances to succeed. Glad we are moving on.

3 years 4 months ago

Now see if I am the Orioles, I would have picked up Inge over Hall off the waiver wire. Also, I am shocked how this was handled, he was a Tiger his whole career and now he was dumped unceremoniously. I know this is a business, but this could have been handled just a little bit better. Also, The Tigers owner must either enjoy spending money or throwing it out the window. I am unsure as to what his financial people are advising him these days. Nothing like spending money in buckets and getting back revenue in thimbles.

3 years 4 months ago

Agree…in that I agree that it should have been done at the end of last season, when Inge had lost his bat.

Jay
3 years 4 months ago

What were the Tigers to do? Hold a press conference to announce the release of a non-hitting back-up who miraculously wasn’t released last season? I think the franchise did him more than a few favors over the years, and certainly owed him nothing more than what he already got.

He complained when he lost his 3B job to Cabby a few years ago, complained about being a back-up catcher when he was asked to do that, whined when Fielder was signed because he knew he was going to lose his starting gig again, so he’s not exactly a team player. They should’ve released him with a couple of weeks left in spring training instead of giving him hope that he had a legit chance of contributing to the ’12 squad.

Any team that signs him better not hope for a second that Inge still has “power” in his bat. He’ll swing like he does, but he’ll almost always whiff and walk back to the dugout like he JUST missed it. His main problem is that he actually thinks he IS a power-hitter. He definitely isn’t (home-run derby, anyone? How many did he hit that year?). His once-stellar defense is all gone now, so give up the hope for some web-gems flying out of his glove.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

This is a bit harsh. The best point in here is that the Tigers did quite a lot for Brandon Inge over the years. Like giving him a two-year, $11M contract after 2010, when he was clearly on the decline. In the end, all that matters is that, Inge will always be thought of fondly by Tigers fans, not just because he was one of the better players on the 2006 team, but also because he was there in 2003. Anyone who was part of that team should have his number retired. Yes, including Nate Cornejo.

Jay
3 years 4 months ago

I’m not trying to kick the guy while he’s down, but for someone to say he was “dumped unceremoniously” is a flat-out exaggeration.

Inge stunk it up bad last season, more than usual. Most teams would’ve released him then, but not us. Pizza Mike and the powers-that-be allowed Brandon to report to Toledo, taking precious at-bats away from developing players, to accommodate him and to honor what he had done for us in the past. He was then allowed to come back to Detroit, stink it up some more, attend spring training without having a position to play, stink it up ALL spring, take at-bats and defensive reps away from guys like Raburn (who needs all the practice he can get), then take a roster spot from a young buck that deserved it more and had earned it.

I’d say Inge was given EVERY chance to succeed, even allowing him to hurt the team (starting at DH? What a joke, Leyland). He’s athletic, and would make a worthy back-up for some non-playoff team, but not for a team with a sky-high payroll and huge expectations and aspirations of a World Series title. He’s still going to get his millions, and you can bet your bottom that if the Tigers win it all this season, they’ll be sending Inge a ring too. Dumped unceremoniously? No. I’d say the team spoiled him rotten, but just couldn’t handle the smell any longer.

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3 years 4 months ago

Phillies should grab him – Put him in at 3rd and Polanco back at 2B until Utley returns, and even when he returns, he’ll need time off to rest his knees.

Galvis is a back-up – not a full time player yet
He’d be better off learning the game in AAA – not in the bigs.

Inge has some power, more than Polanco or Galvis.
Orr doesn’t need to be up here either.

Multi-position players are what the Phillies are needing… Inge seems to fit that.
He really can’t do worse than what Galvis/Polanco/Orr have given them..

3 years 4 months ago

1. Galvis is holding his own.  Give him time.

2. Polanco does not have the range for 2B anymore anyway.

3. Utley has the same injury that ultimately led to Inge’s premature decline.

4. The Phillies have enough old and injury prone players, adding another will not markedly improve the team.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 4 months ago

Freddy Galvis has been better than Utley defensively and maybe every other 2nd baseman in baseball. His offense is suspect but you’re going to loose so much defensively if you move Polanco back to second… he doesn’t have any range anymore.

Orr’s up here in the event Jimmy goes down and they have to move Freddy over in the middle of a game.

stymeedone
3 years 4 months ago

It was time!  As much as he does for Detroit off the field, his performance on the field couldn’t save his job.  Raburn could have gone in for him defensively at 2B.  One of his 2 hits was a wind blown fly ball which Sanders failed to catch.  His checked swing third strikes are legendary in Detroit, along with his pop outs with the bases loaded.  Yes, he is still a solid defensive 3B, but I would expect (former Tiger) Jack Hanahan to put up better offensive numbers.  There is no place to play him in the Tigers Lineup, so it was time. 

3 years 4 months ago

Surprised it didn’t happen after the end of LAST season when he hit .197. The problem is that Inge couldn’t hit to at least maintain a DH role.

Guest
3 years 4 months ago

Last year, though, he finished strong, including the playoffs. Hard to cut a guy you owe $5.5M loose when there isn’t a 3B waiting in the wings. But they should have cut or traded Inge during spring training after Fielder was signed. It clearly wasn’t going to end well. But maybe they wanted to keep him around as insurance to play 3B in the event Cabrera couldn’t hack it or someone got hurt…

Jay
3 years 4 months ago

Strong? 15 hits from late August to the end of September isn’t really a strong finish, unless you’re talking about Inge. Strong for him, absolutely. Not sure what you mean about not having a 3B waiting in the wings. Cabby isn’t a great fielder, but his bat makes up for his lack of defense (which isn’t as bad as the media wants us to believe it is). He’ll suffice until uber-prospect Nick Castellanos (only 19 at the moment) is ready. Two or three years away from the bigs max. I don’t think the release of Inge is a huge risk to take.