DETROIT -- The Tigers added a veteran outfielder for depth, but not one to compete for the center-field job. Former Royals and Orioles outfielder David Lough has agreed to terms with the team on a Minor League contract.The Tigers officially announced the deal on Wednesday, along with a similar Minor
DETROIT -- The Tigers added a veteran outfielder for depth, but not one to compete for the center-field job. Former Royals and Orioles outfielder David Lough has agreed to terms with the team on a Minor League contract.
The Tigers officially announced the deal on Wednesday, along with a similar Minor League contract for left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski. Neither include an invite to Major League camp. Lough will make $650,000 if he reaches the Major League club, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, and will report to Minor League minicamp before the full organization arrives in March.
Lough, who turned 31 last month, is a left-handed hitter who has played all three outfield spots in his five-year Major League career. He's most familiar to Tigers fans for his two seasons with the Royals, who drafted him in 2007. He hit .286 (90-for-315) with a .724 OPS for Kansas City in 2013, hitting 17 doubles to go with four triples, five home runs and 33 RBIs.
After two seasons as a part-time outfielder with the Orioles, Lough spent last season in the Phillies organization. He played 30 games for Philadelphia, batting .239 (16-for-67) with three doubles, a triple and four RBIs. He batted .270 (34-for-126) at Triple-A Lehigh Valley with one home run, nine RBIs and a .696 OPS.
Though most of Lough's outfield work has been in the corners, he has played 61 games in center field in his big league career, including 35 starts.
Lough most likely will open the season back in the International League at Triple-A Toledo, where he could play alongside JaCoby Jones, the Tigers' center fielder of the future, if Jones doesn't crash the Tigers' Opening Day roster.
Zagurski, who turned 34 last month, has 89 career Major League appearances, but none since 2013 stints with the Pirates and Yankees. He spent the last two seasons pitching in Japan.
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