The Tigers exercised their option on Jamie Walker and they’ll retain the services of the left hander in 2006. He’ll make $1.25 million next year, which is a pretty good bargain for a quality left handed arm.
Walker does his job, and that’s get left handers out. His split stats are a little extreme. In 26 2/3 innings against lefties, he has 23 strikeouts. In 22 innings against righties, he has had seven strikeouts. He led the team in games pitched (66) and I envision Jim Leyland using Walker similar to how he’s been used the last three years.