Tigers sign INF Gio Urshela to one-year deal

Field Level Media

February 22, 2024 at 8:48 pm.

The Detroit Tigers signed free agent infielder Gio Urshela to a one-year, $1.5 million contract on Thursday.

The 32-year-old veteran batted .299 with 24 RBIs in 62 games with the Los Angeles Angels in 2023.

Urshela is a career .277 hitter with 64 homers and 280 RBIs in 664 games with the Cleveland franchise (2015, 2017), Toronto Blue Jays (2018), the New York Yankees (2019-21), Minnesota Twins (2022) and the Angels.

Defensively, he has started 471 games at third base, 23 at shortstop and 12 at first base.

He can earn up to $500,000 more in 2024 based on performance: $100,000 each for reaching 500, 530, 560, 590 and 620 plate appearances.

The Tigers also designated outfielder T.J. Hopkins for assignment to open up a 40-man roster spot. Hopkins was selected off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

Last season, Hopkins batted .171 in 25 games with the Cincinnati Reds. He was traded to the Giants in December.