The writing, as they say, was on the wall for Danny Worth.

With the 40-man roster at full capacity, the Tigers designated the 28-year-old utility infielder for assignment Friday to make room for veteran right-hander Joba Chamberlain.

The move was necessary as the Tigers needed to create an open spot for Chamberlain, who agreed to a one-year deal with the club early Friday.

"We felt we had some depth there and had to make a decision," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said during Chamberlain's introductory teleconference.

With the recent addition of utility player Steve Lombardozzi, Worth -- who was out of options -- was considered a long shot to make the Tigers' 25-man roster out of spring training. Acquired in the deal that sent starting pitcher Doug Fister to Washington, Lombardozzi is expected to be the Tigers' primary backup to Jose Iglesias at shortstop.

"I thought it would be hard for (Worth) to make the club this spring," Dombrowski said.

Hernan Perez, who will likely open the season in Triple-A Toledo, and touted prospect Eugenio Suarez also provide the Tigers with depth at the position.

"We liked Danny, but with Lombardozzi coming on board, we felt we had some depth there and had to make a decision," Dombrowski said.

The Tigers have 10 days to put Worth through waivers or trade him. If he is not claimed on waivers or traded, the Tigers would be able to option him to the minor leagues.