Orioles acquire utility man Lombardozzi from Detroit

March 24, 2014 | WNST Staff

The Orioles announced Monday that they have acquired infielder Steve Lombardozzi from Detroit in exchange for minor league infielder Alex Gonzalez.

Lombardozzi, 25, is a .264/.297/.342 hitter in 755 plate appearances since 2011 with Washington, and a career .298/.369/.411 hitter in four minor league seasons. Acquired by Detroit with two other players in exchange for right-handed pitcher Doug Fister on December 2, 2013, Lombardozzi has played second base, third base, shortstop and the outfield for Washington. He was born in Fulton, MD and attended Atholton HS in Columbia, MD.

Gonzalez, 37, was signed by the Orioles as a free agent to a minor league contract on February 1.

To make room for Lombardozzi on the 40-man roster, catcher Johnny Monell has been designated for assignment.