On Wednesday, the Detroit Tigers announced that they've agreed to a two-year contract with second baseman Ramon Santiago. This past season, Santiago played in 101 games, the third-highest total of his career, but only had 258 plate appearances. His average was decent at .260, par the course for the player who has spent eight of his ten seasons with the Tigers. His other two, in 2004-05, were spent with the Seattle Mariners, but he only played in 27 games during that time.
Santiago tested the free agent market briefly, and decided to remain in Detroit. He's joined several other utility men in regards to signing two-year contracts, joining the ranks of guys like Willie Bloomquist, John McDonald and Clint Barmes. He might be in line to get some more playing time as Detroit's second baseman this season, after performing well in the Tigers' drive to the ALCS last season.
If the Tigers don't sign anybody else, Santiago could be in line for splitting time with Ryan Raburn at second base. The Tigers had previously been linked to a potential trade with Maicer Izturis, but this signing makes that deal unlikely, given the similarities between the two players.