Report: Former Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer signs with Tigers
Jordy Mercer’s departure from Pittsburgh was considered all but a done deal Sept. 23. On that day, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle replaced Mercer in the middle of the eighth inning of the final home game, giving him the opportunity to trot off the field and say goodbye to fans at PNC Park.
So, it was no surprise when Mercer’s seven-year, 772-game tenure as the Pirates’ shortstop ended Wednesday as he agreed to contract terms with the Detroit Tigers, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Mercer will get a one-year, $5.25 million contract, $1.5 million less than he earned with the Pirates last season.
The Pirates brought Mercer to the major leagues in 2012 where he learned from veteran Clint Barmes before nailing down the starting job in 2014.
In seven seasons, Mercer hit .256, with 55 home runs and 277 RBIs. He has a career. 980 fielding percentage, with 60 errors over 3,072 chances.
At the end of last season, Mercer assumed Barmes’ role, serving as a mentor to Pirates rookie shortstop Kevin Newman. In Detroit, he will compete for playing time with less experienced players Ronny Rodriguez and Dawel Lugo.
The Pirates made no attempt to re-sign Mercer, 32. Instead, they acquired 27-year-old Erik Gonzalez on Nov. 14 in a five-player trade that sent Jordan Luplow and Max Moroff to the Cleveland Indians. At this point in the off-season, Gonzalez, who spent the past three seasons in Cleveland, and Newman will compete for the starting job at shortstop.
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