Afterwards, Inge asked the Tigers to trade him, but thanks to his recent contract extension, there aren't many teams around willing to pay that kind of money for a .236 hitter. Even one that plays Gold Glove defense. Now for the first time since the Cabrera deal, Inge is speaking publicly about how he feels, and he doesn't sound all that happy.
"They're still trying to trade me, but I need to get ready for the possibility that I'm going to spring training with the Tigers," Inge said Monday, speaking for the first time since the trade. "People have said or written, 'Take your $6 million and be happy sitting on the bench.' But money doesn't make me happy -- playing baseball does."But the $6 million has to help, right?
"The only reason I'm bitter, mad and frustrated is that I'm probably not going to play as much as I have in the past," he said.
Inge isn't going to get as much playing time as he's used to this season, but thanks to his versatility, he's still going to find himself on the field often enough. Aside from the fact he'll be reporting to camp with pitchers and catchers, hoping to earn a job as Ivan Rodriguez's backup, he also has experience playing all the outfield positions in his career, and played shortstop in college.