11/30/2007 11:22 AM ET
Tigers agree to terms on one-year deals with Kenny Rogers and Francisco Cruceta
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Kenny Rogers and right-handed pitcher Francisco Cruceta.
Rogers posted a 3-4 record and 4.43 ERA (63.0IP/31ER) in 2007 as he was limited to 11 starts with the Tigers due to two stints on the disabled list. He finished 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA (204.0IP/87ER) in 34 games (33 starts) during his first season with Detroit in 2006.
"We are pleased to have Kenny back in a Tigers uniform for the 2008 season," Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. "Kenny is a veteran presence that stabilizes our starting rotation."
Rogers won all three of his starts during the postseason in 2006, tossing 23.0 scoreless innings as the Tigers captured the American League Championship. A four-time all-star selection, Rogers has compiled a 210-143 record and 4.19 ERA (3129.0IP/1458ER) in 732 appearances during his 19 seasons at the Major League level.
Cruceta, 26, spent the 2007 season with Triple-A Oklahoma in the Texas Rangers organization. In 25 outings (five starts), he compiled a 3-0 record, 3.02 ERA (65.2IP/22ER) and 70 strikeouts. Cruceta has appeared in 13 games with Cibao in the Dominican Winter League, posting a 1-1 record, 1.08 ERA (16.2IP/2ER) and 25 strikeouts. He is fourth in the league with 25 strikeouts.
"Cruceta has pitched very well this winter in the Dominican Republic," Dombrowski said. "He is a quality prospect and we expect him to compete for a spot in our bullpen in 2008."
Cruceta has compiled a 63-49 record and 3.77 ERA (943.2IP/395ER) in 214 appearances (145 starts) during his career at the Minor League level. He briefly saw action at the Major League level with the Cleveland Indians in 2004 and Seattle Mariners in 2006.
Additionally, the Tigers today designated the contracts of first baseman Chris Shelton and outfielder Timo Perez for assignment. Shelton spent the entire 2007 season with Triple-A Toledo, hitting .269 (134x498) with 14 home runs and 65 RBI in 139 games. Perez saw action in 29 games with the Tigers in 2007, batting .389 (35x90) with nine doubles and 13 RBI.