It’s now time for the yearly updates on Detroit’s favorite utility man, Omar Infante. For the third year in a row, Tigers MLB press has decided to make sure we all know how Omar is faring in the Venezuelan Winter League. The quote below from a 2005 article seems to ring true year after year:
Omar Infante’s winter season is going a little like his Major League season, an offensive roller coaster with plenty of promise but not enough consistency.
Articles like these from the past few years remind us all how boring the offseason is:
- 2004 – Infante heats up Venezuelan League
- 2005 – Infante filling big role for Oriente
- 2005 – Tigers surge into winter playoffs (PeÃ±a and Infante swing their way into postseason)
- 2006 – Infante rolling in Winter League (Shortstop leading way for Tigers’ top prospects in Venezuela)
- 2006 – More up than down for Infante (Infielder proving ability at plate in Venezuelan Winter League)
One question these brought to mind is: How long do you play in the MLB before you aren’t a prospect? At least somewhere between 0 and 428 games played over 5 years. How about one thousand four hundred and twenty six at bats? Much has been talked about around various Tiger blogs this off season about the trade prospects of Marcus Thames (or the outright release of one Neifi Perez), but what about Omar Infante as trade bait?
I’ve been around enough to know that Omar has many supporters here in Detroit, but it’s reality that Omar is not going to break into a starter role with the Tigers. With the resigning [EDIT] last year of Santiago, I don’t see the Tigers and Omar into the future. I don’t see Santiago as the answer either, however Omar isn’t. At the very least an Omar trade could help the Tigers strengthen their farm system where they need it most in the infield and catching.
I hope to hear your thoughts and opinions on Infante and the Tigers future together.