Tigers bring back Brent Dlugach on minor-league deal
Before the Tigers had Danny Worth as their defensive-minded middle infield prospect, they had Brent Dlugach, the former University of Memphis shortstop who spent September of 2009 with the Tigers as a late-inning replacement at shortstop. Detroit traded him to the Red Sox last offseason to create space on the 40-man roster.
Two offseasons later, they have him again. The Tigers have re-signed Dlugach to a minor-league contract, adding infield depth to the organization at the upper levels.
Dlugach announced his return to the Tigers last Friday on Twitter. The Tigers confirmed the deal on Monday.
Dlugach had an injury-shortened season last year at Triple-A Pawtucket, batting .222 with eight doubles, six home runs and 25 RBIs in 63 games. His best year as a pro came in that aforementioned 2009 campaign, when he hit .294 at Triple-A Toledo with 36 doubles, four triples, nine homers, 59 RBIs and a .795 OPS. He’ll turn 29 next month.