We have known for a month or two now that the Detroit Tigers were not going to re-sign Omar Infante. It didn’t make the news any easier when it was announced that Omar Infante signed with the Tigers’ biggest challenger in the AL Central, the Kansas City Royals. Sure the Tigers are a lot more stable up the middle with Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias, but the Tigers are still going to miss the type of versatility and production that Infante offered this team over the past 2 years.
There is an argument to be made that replacing Infante with Kinsler is a slight downgrade and that isn’t a knock on Kinsler as much as it is a reflection on how good Infante was especially in this past season. His defense was superb mixed with a steady offense that was a rarity for the 2013 Detroit Tigers. Still this was a move that had to be done because Infante is now reaching his 30s and a four-year contract at $13-15 million dollars a year was just too much demand. It was obvious that a bench role was out of the question with the cost.
So get ready to see a lot of Omar Infante over the next year and be prepared to get angry at your television when he burns his former team. While the Tigers are going to miss Infante badly, keep in mind that overall the Tigers did the right thing. That still won’t make it much easier when you see the Royals benefiting from one of the Tigers’ former players.