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Tigers GM: Inge doesn't want to be a backup

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers are prepared to deal Brandon Inge after the third baseman told the club he would rather start
for another team.

"He's loved his time here," president and general manager Dave
Dombrowski told the Detroit Free Press on Friday. "He loves the
city. He loves the organization. But at this point in his career,
he would like to continue playing third base on an everyday
basis."

The 30-year-old Inge will yield the third base job he has had
since 2005 to All-Star Miguel Cabrera, obtained by Detroit earlier
this week in a trade with the Florida Marlins. Inge joined the
Tigers in 2001 as a catcher, but doesn't want to go back to that
position, Dombrowski said.

Detroit will try to trade Inge to a club that expects him to be
its regular third baseman, Dombrowski said, adding, "For as much
as he's done for us, and as hard as he's played, it makes a lot of
sense for us to do that."

Inge signed a four-year, $24 million contract extension after
having a career season in 2006, when the Tigers won the American
League pennant. Detroit is reluctant to assume any of the $19.1
million remaining on Inge's contract if he is traded, the Free
Press said.