Tigers, Orioles Swap Lombardozzi For Alex Gonzalez

The Tigers acquired shortstop Alex Gonzalez from the Orioles for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun

Lombardozzi, 25, hit .259/.278/.338 in 307 plate appearances for the Nationals last year, appearing at second base, left field, and third base.  He was traded to the Tigers in December along with Robbie Ray and Ian Krol for Doug Fister.  Lombardozzi is a Maryland native whose father spent parts of six seasons in the Majors.  The move gives the Orioles added infield depth in light of third baseman Manny Machado starting the season on the DL.  The Orioles added Triple-A depth yesterday with their waiver claim of David Adams.

Gonzalez, 37, was in Orioles camp as a non-roster invitee.  Gonzalez had signed a minor league deal with Baltimore in January, and put together a strong line in 30 spring plate appearances.  Gonzalez provides another option for the Tigers for the injured Jose Iglesias, who will begin the season on the DL and will miss likely significant time with stress fractures in both shins.  The Tigers acquired infielder Andrew Romine from the Angels two days ago.

The Tigers' return for Fister, already seen around the game as light, takes a further hit with Lombardozzi being swapped for an expendable player like Gonzalez.


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90 Comments on "Tigers, Orioles Swap Lombardozzi For Alex Gonzalez"


Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 5 months ago

No, No, No, No!!!!
I refuse to accept this.
This guy can still play and clearly could have helped us.
Drat, Drat, Drat!

mstrchef13
1 year 5 months ago

Really? A week into the season and Gonzalez would have been history. I’m impressed we got someone with Lombardozzi’s skills for a guy we signed on a minor league deal.

The_Porcupine
1 year 5 months ago

Lombardozzi is better than Gonzalez in virtually every area except maybe defense. The only knock is that Gonzalez is primarily a shortstop. The O’s needed more immediate help at 2b/3b than a back up SS. Lomardozzi can also hit pretty decent (backup player, not a starter), could have a future with the club beyond this year. Gonzalez has no future beyond this year, if he even lasts more than a month.

Geronimo Gil
1 year 5 months ago

Are you serious? We hustled them and struck when they were vulnerable and in need of a SS. We traded a 37 year old minor league signing from two months ago for a local 25 year old player with major league experience who is under team control for multiple years. HOFbardozzi is our opening day 2B.

Damon Bowman
1 year 5 months ago

Let’s not push things. Lombardozzi should not be a starting 2B anytime soon with Baltimore. I like him as a utility helper who can handle 2B & 3B and 1B in an extreme pinch — nothing more. If he’s starting for the O’s, something has gone dreadfully wrong with Schoop, Flaherty, and Weeks.

John Franken
1 year 5 months ago

Schoop’s down for the first few months because we’re cheap. Weeks is down because he’s bad. That leaves Flaherty, another utility type. Maybe two backups = 1 full timer? Don’t see it in either player’s batting line, though.

Ohhhsaydoesthatstar
1 year 5 months ago

Schoop’s down for the first few months because his defense needs work.

Geronimo Gil
1 year 5 months ago

Lombardozzi is our opening day 2B, while Flaherty moves over to cover 3B until Manny returns. He will move to a utility role once Manny is back, and IF Schoop hits AAA pitching for the first time in his career then he may get sent down. That would also have to include Flaherty not playing well. Either way, he is solid depth for next off season if Hardy walks.

Rabbitov
1 year 5 months ago

Lefty I love you man, but you are getting senile.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 5 months ago

That’s cause I am old! =P
Plus, I am over it.
However, A Gon had a very good spring, I wanted to see him succeed with the O’s rather then someone else.

Rabbitov
1 year 5 months ago

Im old too. Look at Lombardozzis minor league stats you’ll feel better. Also he’s a local guy grew up in Columbia, MD.

williswinning
1 year 5 months ago

World Series!!!

Rabbitov
1 year 5 months ago

Are you being sarcastic? The Os look really good this year and so do the Tigers.

Leopold Irvin Bloom
1 year 5 months ago

The Tigers have a strong team. But they haven’t made themselves better this offseason, and this move doesn’t help any.

Rabbitov
1 year 5 months ago

Tigers have a pretty high payroll and look good at just about every position. They were like the second best team in the American League last year. They haven’t made all of the right moves, but this one is of no consequence at all.

Mike1L
1 year 5 months ago

Scott Boras isn’t a happy man this morning.

BVHjays
1 year 5 months ago

Bahahahahaha

tiger313
1 year 5 months ago

I am so confused with Dombroski this offseason. Normally hes the man and one of the best GMs, but this offseason it doesnt feel like he has as much reign of the team as previous years.

dwarfstar
1 year 5 months ago

Owner getting old, probably looking to sale, told Dombrowski to slow down!!

tiger313
1 year 5 months ago

Illitch was old 20 years ago. The son took over as CEO of Illitch holdings and rumors around here for a while say that he wants nothing to do with the sports teams. Bring in Gilbert when Illitch goes…..keep this team looking forward

johnsilver
1 year 5 months ago

Will agree there, though they did shed Fielder’s salary and get Kinsler.

This means they virtually gave away Fister and will have to massively over pay to keep Scherzer, or lose him after the season. Keeping Fister would have been valuable insurance.

Leopold Irvin Bloom
1 year 5 months ago

Boras just turned down a 20 million dollar deal.

They’re not going to be able to keep Max

Leopold Irvin Bloom
1 year 5 months ago

I agree….very puzzling moves.

They really should have made an effort to keep Peralta.’

Mike
1 year 5 months ago

Nats and Os fan here…. orioles just picked up their new starting second baseman without a doubt, lombo can play

snowbladerp14
1 year 5 months ago

haha no its schoops or flaherty’s job for sure

Mike
1 year 5 months ago

Flaherty is probably gonna start third wit manny on the DL, and I wouldnt be against starting Schoop the way he’s hitting but I feel they dont want to bring him up this early for financial reasons… Switch hitting second baseman with potential to lead off if needed, cant go wrong wit lombo

Fernando
1 year 5 months ago

Hope the poor guy didn’t sell his house in the Baltimore/DC area only to find out he was headed back that way. That seems like a lot of moving for one offseason!

FS54
1 year 5 months ago

He is from MD.

Fernando
1 year 5 months ago

oh in that case, welcome home.

Ausome7
1 year 5 months ago

This is ridiculous

Jim Low
1 year 5 months ago

DD’s offseason looking better and better. Getting a decent utlity/possible starter for a guy that was given just a spring training invite

rxbrgr
1 year 5 months ago

It took me a minute to realize which team and GM with the initials DD you were talking about. Your description could almost go both ways aside from the ST invite part…

R_Stantz
1 year 5 months ago

Why didn’t the Tigers just wait a few more days? With team’s facing a roster crunch before opening day guys like Gonzalez were probably going to show up on the waiver wire.

Jacob Holton
1 year 5 months ago

I agree that they should have waited a few more days, I would have waited but they probably didn’t want to DFA someone. Not sure why Lombo was given up but, oh well.

Damon Bowman
1 year 5 months ago

Maybe somebody like Gonzalez, but not Gonzalez. Buck looked to keep him on the roster and we would have cycled through all the 2B candidates who have options — Flaherty, Schoop, and Weeks.

pft2
1 year 5 months ago

Panic. He knows he can’t win without a decent SS, and is too stubborn to sign Drew because he is mad at Boras for negotiating so hard over Scherzer. He should check his emotions and do whats best for the team.

mking
1 year 5 months ago

Awful trade. At least Lombardozzi showed potential to contribute. Gonzalez is past his prime (if he ever was considered ‘prime’ for this position), and him at SS is just as good as our options in Perez and Worth. Just simply wasted a new pickup, and this makes the Fister trade look even worse.

What’s going on in management, Detroit?!

dwarfstar
1 year 5 months ago

The best I can figure out is that shipping Lombardozzi out on a major league contract and bringing in Gonzalez on a minor contract lessens the expense if it does not work out..

Roarof84
1 year 5 months ago

I too think DD has lost his marbles. We have made 2 trades for SS that are in my my mind, not better (defensively or offensively) than our internal options. And yet we have a huge whole in our bullpen with Rondon down. I would have rather gone with Danny Worth at SS and made 2 trades for relief pitchers.

EightMileCats
1 year 5 months ago

Not really a fan

Lombo wasn’t anything special, but he could play multiple positions in a utility role. Gonzalez played a full season full time 3 years ago and hit .241/.270/.372 which is awfully close to his career numbers.
Very meh. The OBP is way lower than I’d like.

orangeoctober
1 year 5 months ago

alex gonzalez looked pretty good in SP, but any time we swap a 37 year old for a 25 year old, especially one with upside like lombo, im good with it. saw him when he played for the nats.

FOmeOLS
1 year 5 months ago

Old guy for young guy is always-almost- a win, but I don’t see what Lombardozi has that Flaherty doesn’t have.
Guarantees that Schoop and Weeks don’t make the team, too.

Jim Low
1 year 5 months ago

With Machado on DL most likely at least one of those two will make it though since Flaherty will probably start 3rd

1 year 5 months ago

Which is ridiculous. Schoop best available 2B in the org. Service time.

The_Porcupine
1 year 5 months ago

Weeks makes the team to start, since Flaherty and Lombardozi will start at 2b and 3b with Machado out. Plus Flaherty doesn’t hit lefties, so they probably brought Lombardozi in to platoon. Once Machado returns from the DL, Weeks is probably demoted.

No rains in Baltimore
1 year 5 months ago

but this is Flaherty has that Lombardozi doesn’t: Strikeouts. Just look at both of them’s career strikeout rates, Lombardozi is a way better contact hitter than Flaherty.

Dynasty22
1 year 5 months ago

Just when you thought the Fister trade couldn’t get any worse…

Revery
1 year 5 months ago

There it is! I got my requisite morning internet laugh. Now I can start working.

Koen
1 year 5 months ago

Trade makes a lot of sense for the Tigers, not so much for the Orioles. With Flaherty, Schoop & Weeks they could’ve covered it for the time being. When Machado is back they won’t have a place for 2 of those 3 and will be looking to trade at least one of those players and they’ll have to hope the market is in their favor.

Geronimo Gil
1 year 5 months ago

We traded a 37 year old SS we signed a two months ago on a minor league deal for a 25 year old player with major league experience that hit .300 down the stretch last season and has options and several years of team control. Detroit got worked because they were desperate. Without even considering needs, trading a 37 year old who was going to be cut in a week for Lombardozzi is a deal you make every time.

snowbladerp14
1 year 5 months ago

Right I was going to say all of those players have options so if anything it is just going to be added depth

pft2
1 year 5 months ago

And the sad thing is they had an easy option in Drew. Sure, it costs them a pick and some cash, but odds are the guy they gave up for Agon is a better player than they get from the pick given most picks are busts.

orangeoctober
1 year 5 months ago

only problem is, this leaves an odd man out on the orioles after manny comes back. most likely lombardozzi starts 2B and flaherty starts at 3B with weeks as utility. then when manny comes back, flaherty to 2B and lombo becomes utility and weeks is gone. schoop starts in AAA. due to his back injury last year he really only played a few games at the AAA level. it wouldnt hurt to get some more polish.

orangeoctober
1 year 5 months ago

maybe theyre loading on 2B players so one of them can move to 3B next year when manny takes over SS

Geronimo Gil
1 year 5 months ago

Exactly. Looks like they’re setting up for the potential situation where Hardy leaves at the end of this season.

Damon Bowman
1 year 5 months ago

Don’t forget Brett Wallace who might be able to play 3B. He has in the past and I’m wagering he’ll start there down in Norfolk this year to see if he can handle the job full time.

Damon Bowman
1 year 5 months ago

Stop right there. You’re overlooking one major factor in all of the infielders you’ve mentioned — they all have options. Weeks, Flaherty, and Schoop all have options and my bet is that Buck plays the hot hand all year long as needed. If Schoop flops, he goes down and Flaherty steps into the starting lineup. If Flaherty is needed elsewhere or is floundering, Weeks gets a shot. Right now Lombardozzi is the only one who will probably be kept on the 25-man all year long as the backup to Machado at 3B and whomever is handling 2B at the time. All others have options and they will be used liberally this year.

Bill Smith
1 year 5 months ago

Guess we had to do something to ensure Don Kelly makes the team…./rollseyes.

Bronx Bombers
1 year 5 months ago

I can’t picture the Tigers without him.

alexamato
1 year 5 months ago

Don Kelly should be the LEAST of your worries

Bill Smith
1 year 5 months ago

Considering what was involved in this trade, the sarcasm of my comment should’ve been crystal clear. Apparently it was not, and I apologize.

stl_cards16
1 year 5 months ago

Quite a puzzling off-season for Dombrowski.

pft2
1 year 5 months ago

He needs a Captain but he is MIA due to age

Barry2
1 year 5 months ago

I think DD grab what he could with Lombardozzi because I think he was going to get cut.

Bill Smith
1 year 5 months ago

Gonzo would have been cut too. Non-roster invitee. Money saving move, that makes DD look better than he would have, if he just simply cut Lombo. He can’t hide from the Fister trade, and now that it’s looking more and more likely that Max is gonna hit FA, DD is left holding a fist full of cash, and a baseball team with numerous gaping holes. I love what DD did in the past, but this off season has been an absolute disaster for a team that was supposed to contend for a WS.

0vercast
1 year 5 months ago

The sky isn’t falling quite yet. The Tigers are still the clear-cut best team in the AL Central by a wide margin.

Bill Smith
1 year 5 months ago

Nowhere in my post did I say “the sky is falling”. I’m just calling a spade a spade. When you ship off Doug Fister for nothing, then lose your starting defensive star SS for the year, your 8th inning man, and presumably future closer, for the year, and 1/2 of your LF platoon, that amounts to a disaster in my book. That all said without including the Scherzer situation, where everyone knows the writing is on the wall; that Scherzer is gone after this season, and that suddenly our starting rotation next year is looking much more human than the past 2-3 years.

I’d love to agree with your assessment that we are still the best team, and by a wide margin, but I don’t think it behooves me to discount the Indians and Royals, and the teams they are going to field this season. I think the AL Central race will be far more competitive than you believe.