Six Minor League free agents signed

Six Minor League free agents signed

DALLAS -- The Tigers announced a half-dozen Minor League free-agent signings, including a potential handful of Spring Training invitations.

Some of the signings are meant to infuse some speed into camp. Quentin Berry, a 27-year-old outfielder from the Phillies' and Reds' farm systems, stole 42 bases in 49 tries between Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville this past season. He has 242 stolen bases over his six-year pro career, including a pair of 50-plus steal seasons.

Matt Young, who spent the last seven years as an outfielder in the Braves' system, stole 99 bases over the last three years at Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. The 29-year-old made Atlanta's Opening Day roster this past season, but hit just 10-for-48 (.208) in 20 games as a Brave.

Also brought into the organization was former Cleveland Indian Jerad Head, who hit .284 with 24 homers and 70 RBIs at Triple-A Columbus before getting 10 games in the big leagues.

The Tigers also re-signed a handful of their own Minor League free agents. One of them, Omir Santos, served as the Tigers' backup catcher in September and then in the postseason. He'll provide insurance for the Tigers in case of injury, while likely serving as the regular catcher at Triple-A Toledo.

Other re-signings included infielders Audy Ciriaco and Argenis Diaz, as well as left-hander Ramon Garcia.