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Tigers sign left-handed pitcher Wil Ledezma

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The former Detroit lefty is returning to the Tigers to fill a minor league role.

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

Friday evening the Detroit Tigers announced they had signed former Tigers left handed pitcher Wil Ledezma, who had just come off a year in Japan, to a minor league deal according to Baseball America's Matt Eddy.

MLB.com reporter Jason Beck confirmed the report stating that Ledezma will report directly to Toledo and does not include a spring training roster invitation.

Ledezma was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2002 as part of Rule 5 and remained with the team until he was traded on June 20, 2007 to the Boston Red Sox for Macay McBride.

In the five years he was with Detroit, Ledezma posted a 5.15 ERA and a WHIP of 1.551. He also spent time in the Tigers minors system on three separate occasions.

While assigned to the Double-A Erie SeaWolves, Ledezma pitched in 17 games and posted a 2.42 ERA . In 2005 Ledezma had a 5.29 ERA in 11 games with the AAA Toledo Mud Hens but in 2006 he posted a 2.52 ERA in 12 games.

In 2012 the Dodgers released Ledezma and the lefty headed to Japan where he pitched with the Chiba Lotte Marines during the 2013 season and posted a 3.69 ERA. In 26 games he struck out 22 batters and allowed 31 hits.

The 33-year-old pitcher is returning to the Detroit Tigers to fill a rotational role in the minors with the Toledo Mud Hens to add depth to the rotation.