PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 18: Jordy Mercer #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws over to first base on a ball hit by Alcides Escobar #2 of the Kansas City Royals (not pictured) during the fifth inning at PNC Park on September 18, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
(WXYZ) — The Tigers have found their shortstop for 2019.
Jordy Mercer, who has spent his entire seven-year career with the Pirates, agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.25 million on Wednesday. The contract was reported first by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Mercer is 32 and hit .251 last season in 117 games. A hand injury limited him. He hit six home runs with a .696 OPS.
The Tigers chose not to bring back Jose Iglesias, opening up the starting shortstop job in the midst of the rebuild.
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