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Tigers acquire Kyle Farnsworth from Chicago Cubs
02/09/2005 12:50 PM ET
DETROIT --- The Detroit Tigers today acquired righthanded pitcher Kyle Farnsworth and a player to be named later from the Chicago Cubs for righthanded pitcher Roberto Novoa, third baseman Scott Moore and outfielder Bo Flowers.

Farnsworth, 28, appeared in 72 games for the Cubs last season and posted a 4-5 record with a 4.73 ERA (66.2IP/35ER). He fanned 78 batters, finishing seventh among National League relievers with 10.53 strikeouts per nine innings.

"Kyle Farnsworth is an established major league relief pitcher," Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. "He can pitch in many roles out of our bullpen and is a quality addition to our pitching staff."

In six seasons at the major league level with the Cubs, he went 22-37 with a 4.78 ERA (478.2IP/254ER). He departs Chicago third all-time on the Cubs list for appearances with 343.

Novoa split time between Detroit and Double A Erie in 2004. In 16 games with the Tigers, he was 1-1 with a 5.57 ERA (21.0IP/13ER). He finished 7-0 with a 2.96 ERA (79.0IP/26ER) in 41 outings at Erie.

Moore batted .223 (87x391) with 14 home runs and 56 RBI in 118 games at Single A Lakeland in 2004.

Flowers played the majority of the season at Single A Oneonta, hitting .280 (69x246) with four home runs and 26 RBI in 66 games. He joined Single A West Michigan for six games late in the season and batted .273 (6x22) with a home run.

Additionally, the Tigers have agreed to terms on minor league contracts with righthanded pitchers Jason Grilli and Mike James. Both pitchers will be invited to major league camp.

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