Tigers agree to terms with Inge

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with third baseman Brandon Inge on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2013 season.

Inge hit .247 with 13 homers and 70 runs batted in over 144 games for the Tigers last season. He led all American League third basemen with a fielding percentage of .977 during the campaign.

"The Tigers organization is pleased to announce the signing of Brandon today," said Tigers president, CEO and general manager David Dombrowski. "Brandon is one of the top defensive third basemen in the game and a quality individual we are proud to have as a representative of the organization."

Inge is the longest-tenured current Tiger with 1,297 games played and his 898 games at third base is fourth in franchise history, behind only Aurelio Rodriguez (1,236), Don Wert (1,036) and Tom Brookens (979).He is a career .237 hitter with 136 homers and 564 runs batted in.

The 33-year-old veteran, who began his career as a catcher, was set to become a free agent after completing a four-year deal that he signed after Detroit's 2006 World Series run. He was an All-Star in 2009, when he had his most productive season with a career-high 84 runs batted in and career best-tying 27 home runs.


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