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Tigers officially sign 19 players to minor-league deals

The Tigers' front office was busy on Monday, as Detroit signed 19 players to minor-league contracts.

Ronald Martinez

The Detroit Tigers bolstered their farm system on Monday, signing 19 players to minor-league contracts.

Of the 19 players, 12 were pitchers, including a couple with previous major-league experience. Trevor Bell was a first-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels in 2005 and appeared in 52 games with the team before being released last season. Bell has a 5.21 ERA in 115⅔ career innings.

The Tigers also signed seven position players, including Matt Tuiasosopo, who played in 71 games with the Seattle Mariners from 2008-10. While many players signed to minor-league contracts never end up making it to the major leagues, some turn into contributors. Quintin Berry and Darin Downs both spent time with the Tigers last season after originally signing minor-league contracts.

Here is a complete list of the players who signed on Monday.


Trevor Bell, Cesar Carrillo, Shane Dyer, Shawn Hill, Micah Kellogg, David Kopp, Victor Larez, Carlos Monasterios, Jesse Todd, Jose Alvarez, Ramon Garcia, Efrain Nieves


Brad Davis


Argenis Diaz, Lance Durham, John Lindsey


Marcus Lemon, Kevin Russo, Matt Tuiasosopo