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Tigers sign utility man Kevin Russo to minor-league contract

The Tigers have signed career minor leaguer Kevin Russo. Russo previously spent his entire career in the Yankees organization.

Al Bello

The Detroit Tigers have signed Kevin Russo to a minor league contract, according to Fox Sports' John Morosi. Russo, who played for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre last season, was a career minor leaguer in the Yankees organization, and has played 31 games at the major league level. According to his contract with the Tigers, Russo will receive an invitation to major league camp this spring, where he can compete for a roster spot.

In 610 career games between the Gulf Coast League and MLB, Russo has a career batting average of .286 and on-base percentage of .350. He's hit 17 home runs, and has 238 RBIs over that stretch. His primary position was originally second base, but he's played all three outfield positions, third base, and shortstop during his career. This past season at Scranton, he played 101 games, with 33 coming at third base, 23 in left field, 20 at second base, 16 in center field, and 12 in right field.