Detroit — So, with Don Kelly gone to Miami, who is going to fill his multi-positional roles? Who, in other words, is going to wear all his gloves?
The options include, as manager Brad Ausmus suggested Thursday, Andrew Romine and Hernan Perez.
"We need someone that can do similar to what Donnie did, in terms of versatility," Ausmus said. "I've talked to (them) about it. They are all in."
With Jose Iglesias injured last season, Romine emerged as the starting shortstop down the stretch. But he and Perez, another infielder by trade, will work with third base coach and outfield instructor Dave Clark during spring training.
"I'll play wherever they want me to play," Romine told reporters. "I don't care where it is, as long as I get a chance to be out there on the field."
Both Romine and Perez are out of options and it's unlikely both would make the 25-man roster. And they aren't the only players fighting for that utility job. The Tigers have invited 33-year-old journeyman Josh Wilson to spring training and have signed former Brewers third baseman and outfielder Josh Prince to a minor league contract.
"It could be a very tough decision," Ausmus said.