(DETROIT, MI) – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with infielder Ramon Santiago through the 2013 season.
Santiago, 32, batted .260 with 11 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 30 RBI in 101 games for the Tigers during the 2011 season. In 49 games after the all-star break in 2011, he hit .295 (38×129) with seven doubles, two triples, four home runs and 22 RBI. Santiago hit .375 in six games during the American League Championship Series versus the Texas Rangers.
In 10 seasons at the major league level with the Tigers (2002-03, 2006-11) and Seattle Mariners (2004-05), Santiago is hitting .249 with 62 doubles, 16 triples, 25 home runs and 166 RBI in 672 games. He is batting .267 with 37 doubles, nine triples, 19 home runs and 112 RBI in 396 games with the Tigers since the beginning of the 2007 season.
Santiago has seen action at second base (217 games), third base (14 games) and shortstop (438 games) during his major league career. He has compiled a .996 fielding percentage at second base since the start of the 2006 season, while he has posted a .980 fielding percentage at shortstop during that same stretch.