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Inge is out

Scratch Brandon Inge off the Cardinals' Christmas list -- if he was ever actually on it. The Tigers announced today that they have resigned the versatile Inge to a two-year deal. Terms were not immediately disclosed.

Inge was a guy that caught my eye as a good fit for the Redbirds' need for a utility player. He's basically a .250 hitter with some pop. But the guy has a great glove -- or should I say gloves. Inge can play basically play anywhere with experience at third base, all three outfield positions and behind the plate.

That would come in handy for the Cardinals who have been burned the last two years by the health of David Freese. Neither Joe Thurston nor Felipe Lopez were able to carry the water when Freese missed three-quarters of the last two seasons with ankle problems.

I speculate that Inge would have hit better in the National League and in a home park that was more fair to hitters than the Tigers' spacious home field. And he would have got plenty of playing time -- even if Freese was healthy -- because of his ability to move around.

Hopefully the club has someone similar in mind.