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Tigers Roundup, 1/5

I figured I'd throw out some recent news coming from the Tigers (and the rest of the MLB) over the last couple of days. Staying awake during these extremely slow days of the offseason is always a problem, but there has been some stuff to discuss lately.

...Former Tigers utility OF Alexis Gomez has signed a one-year deal to play for the Colorado Rockies, pending a physical:

Outfielder Alexis Gomez, who hit .333 in the playoffs last season for the World Series runner-up Tigers, will become the left-handed hitter off the bench once he passes a physical and his one-year deal becomes official.

Purple Row, the SB Nation's Colorado Rockies Blog, is not a huge fan of this move:
That left-hand reserve hitter is none other than, wait for it, Alexis Gomez of the 2006 AL Pennant-winning Tigers. So much for Erstad or Mabry, but outside of Gomez's playoff performance I'm not looking forward to him as a reserve.

The Denver Post stated that Rockies pinch hitters only batted .214 last season, so perhaps Alexis can help the team improve in that aspect, and maybe be an efficient defensive replacement as well.

...Since we are on the subject of Alexis Gomez, news coming from the Free Press today is that the Tigers have signed a couple of players to minor-league contracts - OF Timo Perez and RP Bobby Seay.

While neither of these players jump out at you as impressive, both are suitable for minor-league contracts. With OFs like Clevlen (and maybe Maybin?) in the organization, I don't believe we will Perez see too much action on the big league roster this season - even though the fact that he has some PAs in the majors could be a positive. Same with Seay, although he's a left-handed reliever with major league experience.

...Cameron Maybin is being invited to Lakeland for the Tigers 2007 Spring Training:

The invite is expected to be a learning experience for Maybin rather than a chance to make the Tigers roster, which already appears set with at least four outfielders. He's expected to begin the regular season at Class A Lakeland and have an opportunity to climb the developmental ladder later in the year.

I can't wait to hear reports on how he is doing - and I hope that this is a process that speeds along his track to being a productive player at the major league level.

That's all for now. Have a happy Friday!