After leaving the Nationals in a trade to the Detroit Tigers in December, Steve Lombardozzi is coming back to the area. The Columbia, Md. native was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on Monday for veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez.
Lombardozzi will now join his third team in just a matter of months, but could earn a considerable role with the Orioles. Some are already projecting the 25-year-old to be the starting second baseman.
Lombardozzi was traded to the Detroit Tigers along with pitchers Robbie Ray and Ian Krol for starting pitcher Doug Fister. In 14 spring games with Detroit, Lombardozzi hit .231 with five runs, five RBI and six stolen bases.
In three career MLB seasons - all with the Nationals - Lombardozzi holds a .264 average with five home runs and 50 RBI. The Nats drafted him out of St. Petersburg College in the 19th round of the 2008 MLB Draft.