Jason Beck reports that while Kenny Rogers has decided to pitch at least one more year, he’s not dead set on coming back to Detroit and his agent (yes, Scott Boras) has said that he’ll test the free agent market. It’ll be interesting to see whether this is just Boras’ way to squeeze a little bit more out of Detroit or whether Rogers actually does go and talk to other teams.
In other news, the Tigers lost Matt Walbeck yesterday. He was hired by the Texas Rangers to be their third base coach. Walbeck led the West Michigan White Caps to a league title in 2006 and he put together a nice season in Erie as their coach last year. You hate to see these successful guys go but if you remember, Alan Trammell left the Tigers for a while before coming back to be their manager. It wouldn’t surprise me if, when Jim Leyland steps down, Matt Walbeck is on a list of guys being considered for the job.