The Tigers announced a handful of signings on Tuesday, one of which was outfielder Leonys Martin. It’s a major league deal worth $1.75 million for one year, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports.
Martin, 29, spent last season with the Mariners and Cubs. He appeared in 49 games and put up a meager .172/.232/.281 triple-slash line across 138 plate appearances. However, Martin still plays good defense and he’s hit better in the past, so he still has a shot at claiming the starting center field job.
Other players the Tigers signed on Tuesday — all to minor league deals with invitations to spring training — were catcher Derek Norris, pitcher Enrique Burgos, first baseman Edwin Espinal, and outfielder Jim Adduci.
Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.
It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.
If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.
Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.
Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.