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Thursday, December 08, 2005
Tigers - Signed Rogers
Detroit Tigers - Signed P Kenny Rogers to a 2-year, $16 million contract.
Rogers is supposed to be the Gambler, not you, Dombrowski. This is why, when you’re going after pitchers on the open market, you should be willing to get Ryan at 9 or Burnett at 10. Because if you don’t, you might end up with Rogers at 8. Rogers was good last year, except for his busted cameras in play average, but he always seems to be that type of pitcher whose effectiveness is always balanced on the edge of a knife.
It’s funny the way things turn out sometimes. Kenny Rogers broke into the majors and spent 4 years as a middle reliever, not entering the rotation until 1993 at the age of turning 28. Whoever thought that a bullpen guy for the Rangers would end up with 200 wins, handily beating all of Wilson Alvarez, Andy Benes, Kevin Tapani, Ben McDonald, Jim Abbott, Kevin Appier, Alex Fernandez, Charles Nagy, Steve Avery, Pat Hentgen, Jeff Fassero, and Darryl Kile?
I think Rogers will be a league-average innings eater for the Tigers and way overpaid at $8 million per. There’s also a sizable chance that in one of those two years, Rogers will Go Leiter. He’s not the type of pitcher to slowly decline - when he goes, it’s going to be quick, ugly, and if his history is any indicator, loud.
On a side note, will teams please stop making moves tonight? It’s going to snow a lot tomorrow and I’d like to get some food here.
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