Ramon Santiago has made it clear that he would like to remain a Tiger, but he also wanted an opportunity to be an everyday player. The veteran, switch-hitting infielder didn't get everything he wished for, but will still be wearing the Olde English "D" for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Santiago will make a little more than 4 million dollars over the 2-year deal, and will split time at second base with Ryan Raburn. Santiago is also expected to fill in for Jhonny Peralta at shortstop from time to time.
Santiago's role could still change if the Tigers make a trade or acquire another infielder via free agency. It is no secret that the Tigers need a legitimate leadoff hitter. Players with those credentials don't come cheaply. Santiago has spent the last six seasons with Detroit, and has hit .266. His ability to play multiple defensive positions well and hit from either side of the plate have made him valuable to the Tigers. His steady play and ability to come up with clutch hits have made him a fan favorite in Detroit. This Tiger fan is glad to have him back for two more seasons.