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Omar Infante | Second Baseman | #4

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/26/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1999 / UDFA / DET
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Omar Infante will be given a chance to play some center field this spring.
Infante is 35 and has just 32 games of experience in center field, with none of them coming in the last seven years. However, the Tigers have a clear opening at the position and Infante realizes his best chance at a roster spot is probably to show that he could at least be competent in center. "I’m going to try to do that because I want to play," Infante said. "When you play infield, you handle a lot of situations. In the outfield, you just read the ball, that’s it." Feb 19 - 1:56 PM

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Tigers signed 2B Omar Infante to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Infante was released by the Royals last season and then released by the Braves after signing a minor league deal with them. The soon-to-be 35-year-old will make $8 million in 2017, but that will be paid by the Royals. He's probably a long shot to make the team even if the Tigers wind up trading Ian Kinsler.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 04:26:00 PM

Braves released INF Omar Infante.

Infante returned to the Braves on a minor league deal at the end of June after he was released by the Royals, but he batted just .209/.226/.300 over 116 plate appearances in Triple-A. He turns 35 in December, so his future is in question at this point.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 03:19:00 PM

Omar Infante will report to Rookie-level Danville "to get his legs back under him."

Infante hasn't played in a game since June 6, so he'll need a few days to shake off the rust. After that, he'll settle in at Triple-A Gwinnett. The veteran opened 2016 as the Royals' starting second baseman but was quickly passed over in favor of newcomer Whit Merrifield. He inked a minor league deal with Atlanta on Thursday after the Royals released him earlier this month.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 06:10:00 PM

Braves signed INF Omar Infante to a minor league contract.

Infante was cut loose by the Royals a week ago after batting just .239/.279/.321 this season. He's surely done as an effective hitter, but the Braves are pretty weak in the middle infield and it doesn't cost them anything. Hey, why not?
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 02:45:00 PM

Royals released 2B Omar Infante.

Infante was designated for assignment by Kansas City last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. He was batting just .239/.279/.321 this season for the Royals, but the 34-year-old could draw interest from multiple teams on the open market now that he will come cheap. Kansas City will have to eat the remainder of his $7.75 million salary for this year and $8 million next year. He also has a $2 million buyout on a voided option for 2018.
Thu, Jun 23, 2016 03:17:00 PM

The Royals have requested release waivers on infielder Omar Infante.

Infante was designated for assignment by the Royals last week and given his remaining contract, he'll almost certainly pass through waivers and hit free agency on Thursday. The Royals will be responsible for the remainder of his $7.75 million salary for this year and $10 million (including a $2 million buyout for 2018) next year.
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 01:22:00 PM

Royals designated 2B Omar Infante for assignment.

Whit Merrifield figures to see the bulk of the at-bats moving forward now that Infante is out of the picture. The veteran second baseman was hitting just .239/.279/.321 with nine doubles and 11 RBI over 134 at-bats. He will probably pass through waivers unclaimed.
Wed, Jun 15, 2016 05:19:00 PM

Omar Infante is not in the Royals' starting lineup Tuesday against the Indians.

It looks like he's just getting the day off. Whit Merrifield will grab the start at second base and hit leadoff against Tribe right-hander Josh Tomlin. Infante hasn't contributed much offensively this year. So far he's hit just .239 with 11 RBI in 134 at-bats.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 04:37:00 PM

Omar Infante is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

Neither is Christian Colon. The Royals will roll with Whit Merrifield at second base for the second game of their weekend set against the White Sox. Infante has been disappointing this season, hitting .241/.270/.310 with no homers and five RBI in 116 at-bats.
Sat, May 21, 2016 11:44:00 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that he might start playing Omar Infante just 3-5 days per week.

Infante has had some issues defensively this season, but Yost insists it's just about keeping the veteran second baseman fresh. Christian Colon will be in line for more playing time.
Fri, May 6, 2016 04:27:00 PM

Omar Infante is absent from the Royals' lineup Sunday.

He's simply getting some rest. Christian Colon is covering second base in Infante's place.
Sun, Apr 17, 2016 02:31:00 PM

Omar Infante went 2-for-5 with a double against the A's on Friday.

Infante is hitting .324 through 34 at-bats. Of course, his OBP is only .314 during that timeframe, but that's still better than anyone should have been expecting. The Royals don't need much of an excuse to play him over Christian Colon, so he'll be getting the lion's share of the at-bats for the foreseeable future.
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 02:30:00 AM

Omar Infante is not in the Royals' lineup for Sunday's game versus the Twins.

Christian Colon will serve as the second baseman while Infante gets some rest. The Royals have Paulo Orlando covering right field Sunday.
Sun, Apr 10, 2016 11:08:00 AM

Omar Infante delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as part of Friday’s 4-3 win over the Twins.

He drove in Salvador Perez, who was on third base after tying the game with the eighth triple of his career. Infante lost his starting second base job last season and batted just .220/.234/.318 over 455 plate appearances, but the hope is that offseason elbow surgery will lead to better results. The 34-year-old is 3-for-9 with a double and two RBI on the young season.
Sat, Apr 9, 2016 01:18:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Alex Avila
3John Hicks
4Miguel Gonzalez
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Efren Navarro
3Brett Pill
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Omar Infante
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Brendan Ryan
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
2Juan Perez
3Jim Adduci
CF1Tyler Collins
2Mikie Mahtook
3JaCoby Jones
4Alex Presley
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Anibal Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Matt Boyd
7Sandy Baez
8Myles Jaye
9A.J. Achter
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Bruce Rondon
8Kyle Ryan
9Blaine Hardy
10Buck Farmer
11Chad Bell
12Daniel Stumpf
13Mike Pelfrey
14Edward Mujica