Guillen signs extension, Thames called up

Big news out of Tiger camp on Wednesday, as one deal was completed, while one move was made, although it has yet to be completed. The first, and easily most important, involves Tiger Shortstop Carlos Guillen and a contract extension. The second, a call-up for Toledo Outfielder Marcus Thames.

Carlos Guillen came to Detroit with something to prove, after Seattle dumped him on the Tigers to sign Rich Aurilia. Well, Guillen is certainly showing the Mariners they gave up on a good one too early, as Guillen has exploded with the Tigers, hitting .322 with 10 Home Runs and 47 RBI through this past Sunday's game.

And on Monday, the Tiger front office rewarded him with a 3-year contract extension, believed to be worth $14 million. The extension will keep Guillen in a Tiger uniform until 2007, as opposed to seeing Guillen potentially leave as a free agent this upcoming offseason. The Tigers appear very pleased with the deal, as even if his tremendous hitting thusfar slows down, he's been an excellent member of the team in the clubhouse and a great defensive presence at Shortstop. All things considered, the Tigers see this as a bargain.

And the other big news; OF Marcus Thames will finally get his shot with the Tigers - although how long it will be is anyone's guess. And more importantly, the Tigers have still yet to announce who will be dropping off the roster (both 40 and 25) for Thames to be on it so that he'll be able to play tonight at Kansas City. There again is no confirmation, but common sense would lead one to believe that 3B/PH Greg Norton will be released, as he has not been the presence off the bench the Tigers were hoping for, and gets little playing time with Eric Munson and Brandon Inge already competing for playing time at the hot corner.

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