As first reported by MASN’s Roch Kubatko, the Pirates have acquired utilityman Steve Lombardozzi from the Orioles in exchange for cash considerations. Lombardozzi has been extended an invitation to major league spring training, where he will attempt to win a spot on the Pirates’ Opening Day roster.
Lombardozzi has played all around the diamond defensively and he is only 26 years old, but the former 19th-round pick of the Nationals owns a weak .266/.297/.341 career batting line through 829 plate appearances at the major league level. Washington dealt him to Detroit in the Doug Fister trade back in December 2013.
He was then moved to the O’s in March 2014 for veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez.
The Tigers were dealt a big blow last spring when their starting shortstop, Jose Iglesias, went down with fractures in both of his shins. But according to GM Dave Dombrowski, he should be OK come February:
Iglesias is ramping up his baseball activity, president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said during the team’s end-of-the-season news conference Tuesday.
“The doctors tell me he’ll be fine,” Dombrowski said. “He’s going to be ready for spring training, he’s going to be ready to go, and he’s over all of his (injuries).”
Dombrowski is cautious in his assessment, however, likely remembering that last winter the thought was that Iglesias merely had shin splits and that he’d be fine with a few days off.
Either way, Iglesias going down led the Tigers to make constant adjustments at short, from Alex Gonzalez to Andrew Romine to Eugenio Suarez. Getting Iglesias back for 2015 would be like adding a top free agent for free.
Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski held a press conference this afternoon. No real news or anything, just an end-of-season wrap. One question was about last winter’s trade of starter Doug Fister to the Nationals. His response:
I suppose it’s possible that Fister is a big jerk no one likes and thus trading him away for scrap and watching him put up a 16-6 record with a 2.41 ERA with the Nationals is no big thing. That trading away one of the guys you got for him — Steve Lombardozzi — for Alex Gonzalez in March (who was subsequently cut) while another, Ian Kroll put up an ERA of nearly 5.00 out of your bullpen and the third, Robbie Ray, was beat up pretty good in the majors and the minors is not particularly bothersome.
But I sort of feel like maybe, just maybe, Dombrowski would take a do-over on that one.