The Detroit Tigers have signed outfielder David Lough to a minor league contract, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Lough will probably get an invite to major league spring training, but that is not confirmed yet. It is known, however, that he has experience at all three outfield positions and will be useful depth to have on the bench or in Triple-A Toledo.
Detroit currently has outfield starters in Justin Upton, Tyler Collins, and J.D. Martinez. The backup options at going deep into the minor league organizations include JaCoby Jones, Steven Moya, Mikie Mahtook, Alex Presley, Juan Petez, and Jim Adduci, to name a few.
The 31-year-old was drafted in the 11th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. He has played for the Royals (2012-2013), Baltimore Orioles (2014-2015), and the Philadelphia Phillies (2016). With the Phillies last season, Lough slashed .239/.342/.313 with 16 hits, three doubles, one triple, four RBI, and nine walks across 30 games.
Philadelphia released Lough on June 2, 2016 after struggling to produce. The Miami Marlins signed the outfielder to a minor league deal in late August, but he never got to produce on the field. Lough is a versatile outfielder and could impact the Tigers at the major league level, but only time will tell.null