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Tigers Sign 6 to Minor League Contracts


Add the well-traveled Felix Heredia to the list of candidates for the Tigers' left-handed relief opening. The 10-year, six-team veteran, who pitched for Jim Leyland on the 1997 World Series champion Marlins, was among those signing Minor League contracts with the Tigers as free agents.
Also agreeing to Minor League contracts were left-hander Jason Davis and right-hander Jason Karnuth, both members of the Mud Hens' International League Governors' Cup championship team in 2006, as well as former Nationals outfielder Brandon Watson, longtime Reds catching prospect Dane Sardinha and former Padres reliever Dennis Tankersley.

Heredia is the biggest name on this list, as he has had stops in Florida, Chicago, Cincinatti, Toronto and the two New Yorks since 1996. His latest stop was in the Indians organization last season.

Here are some of the numbers for these minor league signings from last season:

Player G W-L ERA Ks BB BAA
Heredia 9 1-0 6.00 4 7 386
Karnuth 62 2-7 4.29 41 25 258
Davis 37 5-6 4.64 65 21 302
Tankersley 29 4-15 4.35 123 60 271

Position Players:
Watson (min) 65 284 328 648 0 21 23 15
Watson (maj) 10 179 207 385 0 0 3 1
Sardinha 71 175 231 462 2 10 64 15

Watson played 10 games in the big leagues last season for the Nationals and Reds organizations.

Overall there is not much to say about this group, based on the numbers. There are a few guys with extremely unimpressive numbers at the minor league level, but you never know. Guys signed to minor league contracts usually don't make a huge splash, but they add to the organizational depth - which is never a bad thing.