(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - The Detroit Tigers, who might be without Jose Iglesias for the season, have acquired veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez from the Baltimore Orioles for utility man Steve Lombardozzi. The move was first reported by the Baltimore Sun.
Both players were starting their first seasons with their teams.
Gonzalez, 37, has played 15 seasons in the major leagues, for the Florida Marlins, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers.
He has 157 career home runs and a .246 career batting average. Last season, he had one homer, eight RBIs and a .177 average over 41 games (113 at-bats) with the Brewers. He played first base (22 games), third base (11 games) and shortstop (three games), compiling a .974 fielding percentage.
Gonzalez appeared in 12 games for the Orioles this spring and batted .429 with four runs, one double, two home runs and six RBIs.
Lombardozzi was acquired from the Washington Nationals in the off-season Doug Fister trade.
The Tigers on Friday traded for Los Angeles Angles shortstop Andrew Romine, in another attempt to find a replacement shortstop. Internal candidates Hernan Perez and Danny Worth also remain in the running.