Kenny Rogers might have folded 'em

With three weeks before pitchers and catchers report to most Spring Training camps, Kenny Rogers is still a free agent. Moreover, there have been no signs of him signing with any team.

The 44-year-old Rogers has kept quiet this offseason, leaving emails from reporters unanswered. Even Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who received a voicemail from Rogers thanking him for his time in Detroit, doesn’t know Rogers’ plans. The one person in the organization who has had a discussion with him, team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said, isn’t disclosing the nature of their talk.

Still, when asked about Rogers’ status by a fan during a question-and-answer session at TigerFest on Saturday, Dombrowski hinted that Rogers probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

“At this time, I don’t think he’s on the verge of signing with any club,” Dombrowski said. “I think he’s in a position where he’s content where he is right now. But it’s more up to him on what he decides to do with his life, and I don’t know if he’s made that decision 100 percent.”

If Rogers does pitch again, it probably won’t be in Detroit. Dombrowski said the Tigers are not looking for any more starting pitching, preferring to leave the fifth spot open to competition among Zach Miner, Nate Robertson and Dontrelle Willis.

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Sorry to hear of your loss Stacy.
The jigsaw puzzle for 2009 is just about complete. Our bullpen still looks fragile for the late innings pressure situations – Lyon can’t do them all. It would be nice to think we can find a spare million with incentives for Cordero – he should be back from injury around June, about time to replace likely breakdowns.
The new season is almost on us and time to start making some fearless predictions, with more than an ounce of hope.
We will compete far better than last year – OK not a hard prediction!! Despite saving $$, the changes fix the glaring flaws in defence and they look good team players. We also have depth in all positions with Thames, Larish, Santiago, Hessmann, Raburn and Clevlen waiting in the wings.
I think Lyon will be respectable and prove a good low cost acquisiition saving in the low 80’s, similar figures to Todds. A concern is he won’t be a bullpen leader which is sadly lacking with the departures of Jones and Rogers.
I think Knapp will make big improvements to the pitching and the starters will not cause problems – nice to have choices for a change. Nate will have a turnaround year and Willis will also surprise provided he keeps the X’mas pudding off and doesn’t start thinking too much. Whether management is game to give him another go as a starter will be interesting – to me he definitely would not work in relief unlike Nate or Miner.
Inge seems to be reinvigorated and putting in the hard yards. He will have a good 2009 and hit .260 – .270 with 75RBI’s.
I think we can win the division with the keys being:
1. The bullpen functioning without experienced leadership provided previously by Jones.
2. We acquire one more low cost rear end relief like Cordero to provide insurance from mid year with likely injuries to Zoom and Rodney;
3. JV grows up enabling a bounce back year – he is our one starter management is unlikely to replace with good backups waiting in Nate and Miner;
4. The club handles Sheff early if he doesn’t show some serious offence. I hope he can hit .28 with 80RBI’s but I doubt it. I would then like to see Carlos, Maggs and Marcus sharing the DH role enabling Larish to also get regular playing time.

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