The Tigers have Kenny Rogers for one more year and that pretty much takes care of four of the five rotation spots. I haven’t seen the numbers yet so I’ll hold judgement as to how good of a deal it is but having Kenny Rogers in the rotation is a solid option and I’m glad they were able to get the deal done. The Tigers just need to decide on who their fifth starter will be but that probably won’t happen until spring training.
The Tigers also signed minor league pitcher Francisco Cruceta. The right hander put up solid numbers last year for the Rangers Triple A affiliate but he’s been lights out in the Dominican Winter League.
To make room, the Tigers made two kind of surprising moves. They designated both Chris Shelton and Timo Perez for assignment. Shelton I can see because if he clears waivers the Tigers can push him back down to Toledo but Perez I figured might make a solid fifth outfielder. They must be set on Ryan Raburn filling the super utility role and that pushes Perez out. Regardless, I’m sure Dave Dombrowski will try to swing a deal for one or both for a fringe minor leaguer or something.
The deal is for $8 million. A little high but if Rogers can come anywhere close to his 2006 production, it’ll turn into a bargain. There are some performances bonuses and you’d have to hope if he hits those, the deal will still be worth it.
That leaves on spot in the rotation left. Andrew Miller could be the guy as could Yorman Bazardo. It’ll also be interesting to see if there’s a darkhorse candidate who steps up in the spring like Dallas Trahern. Still, the rotation looks solid heading into 2008.
Listening elf power music and sitting against fireplaces is a great source of amusement. It’s a hobby of so many people to listen to songs in the warm environment of the bedroom with electric fireplace on. Music fans usually do arrange fireplace mantels around their living rooms.