Sign­ings give Tigers added depth

Windsor Star - - SPORTS - JIM PARKER jp­parker@post­media.com Twit­ter.com/win­starparker

Two play­ers who ap­peared briefly with the Detroit Tigers last sea­son were among 12 play­ers signed to mi­nor-league con­tracts by the club on Fri­day.

In­field­ers Pete Kozma and Harold Cas­tro, who were both out­righted off Detroit’s 40-man ros­ter on Oct. 24, agreed to oneyear deals and given an in­vite to at­tend the Tigers main camp in spring train­ing along with for­mer Hous­ton Astros’ right-han­der Jose Cis­nero.

The 30-year-old Kozma was a first-round draft pick by the St. Louis Car­di­nals in 2007. Kozma has also had stops with the New York Yan­kees and Texas Rangers. Known for his de­fence, Kozma ap­peared in 27 games for the Tigers in 2018 and bat­ted .217 with one home run and eight runs driven in.

The 23-year-old Cas­tro made his MLB de­but with the Tigers in 2018 with a Septem­ber call-up that saw him bat .300 (three-for-10) in six games with two runs scored and a stolen base. He split much of this past sea­son with Class AA Erie and Class AAA Toledo.

The 29-year-old Cis­nero ap­peared in 11 games for Hous­ton in 2013 and one in 2014 be­fore he was side­lined by el­bow prob­lems. Detroit also signed right-handed pitch­ers Chris­tian Bin­ford, who started last sea­son with the Bal­ti­more Orioles’ or­ga­ni­za­tion be­fore be­ing ac­quired by the Tigers. He spent the re­main­der the sea­son with Erie. Right-han­ders Jo­han Belis­ario, who played for Class A West Michi­gan and Class A Lake­land last sea­son, An­thony Cas­tro, who played for Lake­land and Erie, Fer­nando Perez, who was with Lake­land and Erie, and An­drew Sch­waab, who was signed out of the New York Yan­kees’ sys­tem and pitched with Erie, also agreed to one-year deals. As well, the club signed left­handed pitch­ers Liarvis Breto, who pitched with Lake­land and Erie, Eudis Idrogo, who was with West Michi­gan and Lake­land, and Caleb Thiel­bar, who pitched with Erie and Toledo.

The Tigers also agreed to terms with 26-year-old catcher Chace Nu­mata, who was in the Yan­kees’ sys­tem last sea­son where he reached Class AA.

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For­mer Car­di­nal Pete Kozma was among 12 play­ers signed to mi­nor league con­tracts by the Tigers.

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