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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  1. Oakland A’s pick up?

    • Snoochies8 3 years ago

      not for or against this.

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

    • 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.

  2. InLeylandWeTrust 3 years ago

    Good. It was just getting sad and pathetic

    • johnsilver 3 years 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 ago

        “Good player” Ha!

        • johnsilver 3 years 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 ago

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

  3. D.j. Wilson 3 years ago

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

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

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

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

    • CHendershott 3 years 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).

  6. Running Scared 3 years ago

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

  7. Donny Holmes 3 years ago

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

    • 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 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.

  8. GriffeyandSizemore 3 years ago

    I guess him and Dombrowski finally broke up.

  9. wadebets 3 years ago

    The A’s better jump ALL OVER this!!!

    • Robert Slye Jr. 3 years ago

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

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

        • Snoochies8 3 years 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

  10. bigmike04 3 years 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 ago

      Please tell me you’re being sarcastic.

    • William Wright 3 years ago

      Capable a hitter as you are a speller…..

      • chrisn313 3 years 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

  11. 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 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.

  12. maybe dodgers could pick him up?

    • OrelHershisersSinker 3 years ago

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

  13. Guest 3 years ago

    Chicago Cubs in 3,2,1…..

    • Sour Bob 3 years 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 ago

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

        • sourbob 3 years 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 ago

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

        • bleedrockiepurple 3 years ago

          He won’t.

        • Ptk123 3 years 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 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 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.

  14. Ryan Mooney 3 years ago

    Phillies should claim him

    • FillyPhan 3 years ago

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

  15. jammin502 3 years 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 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!

  16. jfuze 3 years ago

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

  17. 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.

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

    • Jay LeBlanc 3 years 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 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 LeBlanc 3 years 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.


  18. 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..

    • 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 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.

  19. stymeedone 3 years 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. 

  20. 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 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 LeBlanc 3 years 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.

  21. Guest 3 years ago

    ahh great to hear big country is back in the bigs

  22. Angels, take notes!

  23. Ladies and Gentlemen, your 3rd Baseman for the Oakland A’s…

  24. Zack 3 years ago

    I’d like to see the angels pick him up then trade callespo for bullpen help

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  26. roberty 3 years ago

    I really like Inge.  He isn’t getting it done with the bat anymore but he still plays fantastic defense. 

  27. GOTIGERS24 3 years ago

    I’m embarrassed to be a tigers fan. We have the most classless fans you could ask for. Inge has spent parts of 12 seasons as a tiger and the fans proceed to boo him after getting a base hit. We drafted him in 1998 he debuted in 2001 he has and always will be a tiger. And to all of you tigers fans on this website cheering anout this news shame on you inge gave it his all and thats all that you can ask for. Good luck wherever you go Inge hoping you can turn it around.

    • chrisn313 3 years ago

      Sorry that we prefer winning to loyalty to an overpaid athlete.
      I think the boos are more directed towards the front office and how he has been handled recently

    • thejackhammer 3 years ago

      I agree, there are bad players on EVERY team, yet Tiger fans seem to be the most relentless with their disdain toward them.

    • verlander 3 years ago

      The fans have a right to react how they want to.

    • Amen….the boos made me embarrassed to be a Tiger fan. Appreciate the contributions made, and wish him well. The boos only spoke to the classless fans , not to Brandon.

  28. Billy Beane: Hey Brandon, Scott Sizemore is out for the season and I kinda need a 3B….

    Inge: Packing now.

    • Trout Almonte 3 years ago

      Fun fact:  According to Baseball Reference Brandon Inge and Scott Sizemore are both Virginia Commonwealth University alumni.   

  29. tnt2001 3 years ago

    About time.
    Rayburn your next.
    We have to many valuable players in the minors.

    • thejackhammer 3 years ago

      Not in the infield they don’t. Also, if you are going to criticize a player, at least learn how to spell his name right.

    • verlander 3 years ago

      The Tigers aren’t going to release Raburn. And no, they don’t have “to many” valuable infielders in the minors. The system is a bit short on positional talent at the moment.

  30. Dan_O62 3 years ago

    Again with the A’s; because he’s cheap and on a one-year term inge could do and would do as an upgrade over the AAA fodder cloggingup the lineup. But Beane’s gotta work the phone lines on moving some of that reliever depth for someone who can do the job long term — dominguez? darnell? gillaspie? bueller?

    • Jay LeBlanc 3 years ago

       Isn’t Billy Beane an OBP freak? That disqualifies Inge.

  31. weaselpuppy 3 years ago

    He had a very solid ten year career that went 12 years….he’ll catch on in the NL I bet. 18th most PAs by a Tiger ever. Similar WAR to Jim Northrup and Harvey Kuenn in similar PAs. Aurelio Rodriguez was adored as a glove only 3b for the Tigers back in the day, Inge at least hit the ball out with some regularity… really should have a GG, but we know that award is a joke nowadays…good luck Brandon….now, Eldred at DH means Raburn at 2b and Fat Geisha in LF everyday until Dirks is back…urgh…that will be ugly. I’d like to see Worth get a shot too, he’s a guy the Twins would develop as a positive asset, like Punto etc etc and he’s better than that guy….but yeah, not much ready at the MiLB level on offense until 2014  with Collins/Fields/Garcia for LF and Castellanos for 3b…gotta find long term middle infield starters via trade…..

  32. verlander 3 years ago

    I’m sad to see Inge’s tenure in Detroit end like this, but it was time.  Actually, it was time two years ago.  I hope he finds success wherever he ends up next.

  33. vinh 3 years ago

    Angels should go after Ingle!

  34. Sounds like a solid investment…

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