DETROIT -- Considering the open market, Tigers backup catcher Vance Wilson could've looked for a platoon job or even a more regular starting role as a free agent this season. But in his mind, he probably couldn't find the situation he has here.
So when the club came to him and gauged his interest in re-signing, Wilson was willing to listen. About a week later, he had a deal. The Tigers formalized it Thursday afternoon, inking him to a two-year contract worth $1.9 million.
"This group of guys, I wish I could play my whole career with them," he said Thursday afternoon.
That's a pretty good statement for someone whose playing time depends on a future Hall of Famer in front of him, who wants to play every day and keeps himself in the shape to do it. But as Wilson put it, "At this point in my career, there's a lot more important things than playing time."
Wilson will make $950,000 in both 2007 and 2008, with potential bonuses each year based on plate appearances.
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