Tigers Sign Reliever Seay

It wasn't the move many were hoping for, but the Tigers finally made an offseason signing, coming to terms with former Colorado reliever Bobby Seay on a one year, minor league deal.

The Tigers were hoping to add a closer through free agency, but with B.J. Ryan, Billy Wagner, and now Kyle Farnsworth all coming to terms with other teams, options had become limited.

The Tigers aren't hoping to turn Bobby Seay into their closer, but hope he can give the team depth in the bullpen, and possibly be the second left hander out of the bullpen behind Jamie Walker.

"He has good stuff, and we really like the year he had at the minor league level," Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "He will have a chance at spring training to make our club out of the bullpen."

Seay struggled while pitching for Colorado last season(who doesn't), but was very successful for their AAA affiliate, Colorado Springs. In 17 appearances, he was 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA and 3 saves. In 17 appearances for the Rockies, he posted an 8.49 ERA.

That big league ERA may scare some, but take away his appearances at the dreaded Coors Field, and he actually posted a very reasonable 4.26 ERA in eight appearances.

If Seay makes the big league club, he'll make $375,000 next season. If he doesn't, he'll be entitled to $100,000.

So, not the move many were hoping for, but, it's a start.

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