Tigers sign Josh Wilson to minor-league deal

Baseball America released its roundup of minor-league transactions Sunday morning, which included the previously reported deal for Jordan Lennerton to stay in the Tigers organization. It also included a deal that hadn’t been reported yet: Well-traveled veteran utility infielder Josh Wilson has agreed to a minor-league contract.

A source has since confirmed the deal.

Wilson, who turns 34 in March, has become a journeyman in recent seasons, bouncing around on minor-league contracts. He spent last season with Texas, where he made the Opening Day roster and batted .239 (16-for-67) in 24 games. He spent the rest of the season at Triple-A Round Rock, batting .246 (75-for-305) with five home runs and 33 RBIs in 92 games.

Most fans who remember him will do so for his time in Seattle, where he was the Mariners’ starting shortstop for a good share of the 2010 season.

It’s an interesting signing given the middle infield depth the Tigers enjoyed going into the offseason, but it presumably gives Detroit some of the insurance that they had in previous seasons with Danny Worth. Andrew Romine and Hernan Perez are both on the 40-man roster, but they’re also both out of minor-league options, meaning they’d have to clear waivers to head to Triple-A Toledo. With Eugenio Suarez now a Cincinnati Red and Don Kelly a free agent, that left Dixon Machado as their only depth at the upper levels of the farm system. The Tigers also re-signed longtime farmhand Brandon Douglas to a minor-league deal, though Douglas is primarily a second baseman.

Dave Dombrowski and Al Avila drafted Wilson when they were running the Marlins in 1999. He came up in the Marlins system with Miguel Cabrera and made his big-league debut in Florida in 2005. He grew up in Pittsburgh and is the son of former Duquesne University baseball coach Mike Wilson. If you see Cabrera wearing a Duquesne baseball t-shirt during an interview, it came from Wilson.

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The former Marlins saga continues

So they finally signed infielder J. Wilson but it wasn’t Jack.

oh yeah, Andy Dirks, why haven’t we signed him back yet?

His agent said last month that they’d be looking for the right fit — in other words, the best chance to make the club. Once Tigers added Cespedes, this became a tougher outfield to crack.

I was wondering that too .

some Tiger related musings from espn.com David Schoenfield:
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23. I don’t quite get the rumors about David Price. Shouldn’t the Tigers just keep him and maybe sign Scherzer and put out their best team for 2015? How many more great years are they going to get from Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez? Detroit’s window is now.
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24. Of course, I get that they don’t want to cash in so many chips and then turn into the Phillies. But, at age 85, does Tigers owner Mike Ilitch really care about 2019?
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74. If I’m drawing up a list of the most important players for 2015, I might start with Justin Verlander.
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78. A signing that isn’t going to work out: Torii Hunter and the Twins.

also this:
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4. I like what St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz wrote about the Hall of Fame: “I don’t like the idea that MLB and the Hall of Fame has left it up to the ball writers to serve as the police force on PEDs. Among other things, it’s a conflict of interest. We’re supposed to be covering the industry as an independent group of journalists. We’re not supposed to be establishing the baseball industry’s standards for morality.”

We have some very crucial circumstances developing this year.
Iggy: We need him healthy and hearty. Is it realistic to expect he will be?
Alex: Where is that off-field power that made him an offensive weapon? Can he find some equipment that wil protect hime better? Can he become confident enough to make the lineup intolerable for opposing pitchers?
Miggy: Yikes, this guy simply has to lose weight. If he doesn’t every joint in his body will suffer, as will his team.
Casty: Will he hit .280 and drive in 75? Will he improve his defense…….at all? Because if he does that will be a major contribution.
JD: Can he keep the middle of the order potent? 80% of his stats for a full year would be fantastic.
I am not worried about Kinsler, Victor, Cespedes. Anything they do will be sufficient. Gomes/Davis are a bonus and should not be counted on for too much.
Pitching wise? Price has to be Right. Anibal has to start 25 games. JV will struggle but will find a way. No idea on the other two guys. Huge question mark.
Relievers? Oddly enough, I feel OK about what we have. DD could have (and should have) done better with the procurement of a solid reliable lefty. But, there are some arms out there that can fit comfortably into the mold of relief pitchers who go from top to bottom to top year after year.. Hanrahan and Rondon may surprise—and I mean surprise because contrary to what DD would like people to think about Rondon, he is an enigma still. Hanrahan is a bulldog who will not let go of the bone. He will be heard from. I hope Soria is OK because Nathan is not.
AlAl is a contradiction. He has somehow become reliable (comparatively) yet his personality and pitching style is the complete opposite.
In short–I have a funny feeling the pen will be a strength this year (Dombrowski notwithstanding).

Still feel Zach Duke should have been a Tiger and not a White Sock!

From a talent standpoint, I can totally see that. But Duke got just shy of Joaquin Benoit money from White Sox.

Didn’t realize that. Makes sense though with Miller setting the bar.

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