TIGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH SHORTSTOP JORDY MERCER
The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with shortstop Jordy Mercer on a one-year Major League contract.
“One of our priorities this offseason was to sign a shortstop, and Jordy is a solid addition to our ball club. He was one of the players we targeted heading into the offseason, and we’re really drawn to his consistency, both on the field at a premium position and in the clubhouse as a player that is a true veteran leader.”Tigers Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, Al Avila.
Mercer, 32, played in 117 games with the Pirates in 2018, hitting .251/.315/.381 with 43 runs scored, a career-high 29 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 39 RBI. He led all National League players with 86 hits from the eighth spot in the batting order and ranked second with 33 RBI. Mercer ranked sixth among National League shortstops with a .977 fielding percentage last season.
Originally drafted by Pittsburgh in the third round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Mercer has played all seven of his Major League seasons with the Pirates, batting .256/.316/.383 with 291 runs scored, 150 doubles, 15 triples, 55 home runs and 277 RBI. Since the start of the 2014 season, he ranks second among all National League shortstops with 646 starts and 2,701 total chances, trailing only Brandon Crawford over that span.
A native of Taloga, Oklahoma, Mercer played three seasons at Oklahoma State University, while he was a three-time All-Big 12 selection. Mercer was a two-way player for the Cowboys, finishing his collegiate career as the school’s all-time saves leader with 17. He won silver medals as a member of Team USA at the Pan-American Games in Brazil in the summer of 2007 and in Mexico in 2011. Mercer and his wife, Kasey, currently reside in Edmond, Oklahoma, and have three children, Maverick, Maddon and Manning.
With the signing of Mercer, the Tigers 40-man roster is now at 40.