The Tigers proved to the baseball community on Wednesday night that they weren't concerned about age when they signed 37-year old Todd Jones to a two-year deal. They re-affirmed that on Thursday, as reports have surfaced that the Tigers have come to terms with 41-year old Kenny Rogers on a two-year deal.
Rogers had an All Star season in 2005 when he went 14-8 and with a 3.46 ERA, but was better known for the pregame incident in which he shoved a cameraman on multiple occasions, resulting in a 20-game suspension (it was later reduced by an arbitrator to 13).
Despite his age though, Rogers has averaged over 200 innings over the past four seasons, in which he's pitched for the Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers will be Rogers' sixth team as he enters his 18th season as a big league pitcher.
In other news, the Tigers also added a player via a route that they've had a fair amount of success with, selecting right handed pitcher Chris Booker in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday morning (Ed. note: Booker was later sent to Philadelphia for cash considerations). Booker, who had signed as a free agent with the Washington Nationals, spent the last three years in the Cincinnati Reds organization, where he made three appearances with the Reds last year.
For his entire '05 season, Booker carried an 8-4 record with a 2.49 ERA in 59 relief appearances for AAA Louisville, and he didn't record a decision, but carried a 31.50 ERA in his three relief appearances for the Reds.
It's expected the Tigers hope he can challenge for a middle relief role in the spring.
With these three new additions, the Tigers could well be wrapping up their offseason activity for the year, but it's still possible that the Tigers could make a move for another pitcher, either Kevin Millwood or Matt Clement via trade.