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Tigers agree to terms with Maroth, Inge

Postby Dannomyte » Wed Jan 11, 2006 7:08 pm

DETROIT (AP) — Mike Maroth agreed Wednesday to a $5.25 million, two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers and third baseman Brandon Inge signed off on a $3 million, one-year deal.

Maroth was 14-14 with a 4.74 ERA last season, when he had 115 strikeouts and 51 walks in 209 innings. The 28-year-old left-hander went 9-21 in 2003, becoming the first pitcher since 1980 to lose at least 20 games. He bounced back the next year with an 11-13 record and a 4.31 ERA.

Detroit will pay Maroth $2.3 million this year and $2.95 million in 2007.

Inge, who also is 28, batted .261 with 16 homers and 72 RBIs last year. Primarily a catcher during his first four seasons in Detroit, he played 160 games at third base last season — the most by a Tiger at that position since Aurelio Rodriguez's 160 in 1973.

Detroit has four players remaining eligible for salary arbitration: right-handers Jeremy Bonderman and Chris Spurling; outfielder Craig Monroe and first baseman Carlos Pena.


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Postby mcqfesijiba » Thu Jan 12, 2006 4:21 pm

Maroth's a definite bargain. He's no stud, but you know he'll throw a bunch of quality innings and he seems to get marginally better every year. If there was more depth on this staff, he'd be a perfect #4 or #5 starter.

Inge? Here's the question of the month. Did Inge revert back to form in the second half or did he just get tired after starting EVERY game in the first half and then only sitting out 2 games the rest of the way? If it's the former then he is a bargain, too. I'll reserve judgement there until I see a little more from him.
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Postby moochman » Sun Jan 15, 2006 2:19 am

^^^^^^^^^^What him said. Maroth is a solid signing. He's a stable starter who eats innings and keeps the team in most games. May never be a winning pitcher, but still a solid contributor.

Inge isn't without some concerns. He did seem to tail off at the plate and in the field over the second half. I thought that was supposed to have been from him catching, but it appears that everyday play is more than he can tolerate. He need to be relegated to the role of a super-sub type in order to be of max benefit to the club.
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