OAKLAND, Calif. – Nearly 100 years ago, Oakland became the first city west of the Mississippi River to land an auto manufacturing plant. After that happened, some around the country called Oakland the "Detroit of the West."

If that's the case, former VCU baseball standout Brandon Inge will feel right at home after the 12-year veteran signed a free-agent contract with the A's on Sunday afternoon.

Inge, who was released by the Tigers after 12 seasons in Detroit last week, will join Oakland on Monday prior to the team's series in Boston.

The former Ram played all but two positions with Detroit over his 12 seasons, the majority of his time game at third base, where he is expected to play with the A's.

Inge's career highlight came in 2009 when he was named an American League All-Star after hitting 21 homeruns in the first half of that season. After hitting some offensive troubles, he seemed to turn a corner last September when he hit .324 during the Tigers' playoff push.

This year, he was shifted to second base and had just 20 at-bats for the Tigers before they released Lynchburg, Va. native.