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Omar Infante | Second Baseman | #4

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 12/26/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1999 / UDFA / DET

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Recent News's Jason Beck reports that Omar Infante will accept an assignment to Triple-A Toledo.
Infante looked around for a big league job after the Tigers told him he wasn't making the Opening Day roster, but he was unable to find one. The utility player can be used all over the infield and even played some outfield in spring training, so he could be of use to the Tigers eventually. Mon, Apr 3, 2017 04:18:00 PM

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Tigers general manager Alex Avila thinks there's a good chance Omar Infante will report to Triple-A Toledo.

Infante was reassigned to minor league camp despite hitting .351 (13-for-37) during Grapefruit League action. Avila hasn't heard of any interest, so the thought is that the veteran infielder will stick around in hopes of eventually making his way to the major league roster. "We sent out official e-mails to all the clubs letting them know he was available for the 25-man roster," Avila said. "We didn’t get any inquiries on him and (Sunday) was the last day. So, we are expecting him to go to Toledo. It’s up to him how long he wants to be there."
Source: Detroit News
Mon, Apr 3, 2017 08:42:00 AM

Tigers reassigned INFs Omar Infante, Brendan Ryan, and Efren Navarro, OF Alex Presley, C Miguel Gonzalez, and RHP Angel Nesbitt to minor league camp.

It comes after Infante hit .351 (13-for-37) during Grapefruit League action. There's a good chance he'll use his opt-out and look for an opportunity on the free agent market rather than report to Triple-A Toledo. Presley was also a standout in camp, but he was a victim of the numbers game.
Wed, Mar 29, 2017 11:04:00 AM

Omar Infante (back) will be held out of action until Friday.

Infante, a non-roster invitee, was scratched from Monday's lineup with a stiff back and the Tigers are being cautious. The veteran infielder is 11-for-33 (.333) this spring as he attempts to win a job on Detroit's bench.
Wed, Mar 22, 2017 12:29:00 PM

Omar Infante was scratched from the Tigers' Grapefruit League lineup Monday due to a stiff back.

Infante's back tightened up on him during pregame batting practice, so Brendan Ryan will get the start at second base instead. Infante is 11-for-33 (.333) this spring as he tries to claim a spot on the Detroit bench.
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Omar Infante doubled twice and knocked in two runs as the Tigers edged the Mets 4-3 on Sunday.

Infante has started 8-for-20 in his long shot bid to win a spot on the Tigers' roster. It's highly unlikely that he'll make the team, which already has Andrew Romine in a utility role and Dixon Machado out of option, but maybe he could get a bite from another club if he keeps it up.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 04:06:00 PM

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."
Sun, Feb 19, 2017 01:56:00 PM

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

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