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Rogers wants to return to Detroit, but will also test market

11/7/2007 - MLB Kenny Rogers Detroit Tigers + more

DETROIT -- Kenny Rogers has decided he wants to pitch next
season, and his agent said Wednesday talks have started with the
Detroit Tigers.

The Tigers, though, said the left-hander is interested in
finding out if other teams are interested in him.

Rogers was 3-4 with a 4.43 ERA in an injury-shortened season for
the Tigers after helping them reach the 2006 World Series. He turns
43 on Saturday.

"Kenny will pitch in 2008 and we are currently in negotiations
with the Tigers," agent Scott Boras said.

Detroit president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said the
team has expressed an interest in having Rogers return.

"At this point, he and his agent want to explore other
options," Dombrowski said from the GM meetings in Florida.

An e-mail seeking comment was sent to Rogers.

Over 19 seasons, Rogers is 210-143 with a 4.43 ERA and is a
four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner.

For the first time since 2001, he did not win at least 13 games.

Rogers was limited to just 11 starts after having surgery before
last season to remove a blood clot from his left shoulder and
repair arteries. He went back on the DL later in the year with
inflammation in his elbow.

"Playing for the Tigers again is by far my first preference --
if I play next year," Rogers said toward the end of the season.
"My family and I will not discuss the possibility of me playing
next year, though, until I feel the itch."

Some snickered when Detroit gave Rogers a $16 million, two-year
contract before the 2006 season, but he and the team were
validated. He put together a third straight season with an All-Star
appearance and a Gold Glove award, helping the Tigers reach the
World Series for the first time since 1984.

After going 17-8 with a 3.84 ERA during the regular season,
Rogers held the New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics and
St. Louis Cardinals without a run in October. He became the first pitcher to have three scoreless
starts in one postseason since Christy Mathewson in 1905.

But just when people stopped talking about him pushing two
cameramen in 2005 -- a videotaped tirade that led to a suspension
while he was with Texas -- Rogers was at the center of another media
circus.

Cameras showed a brown substance on his left hand in the first
inning of Game 2 of the World Series, and St. Louis manager Tony La
Russa brought it to the umpires' attention. Rogers' hand was clean
when he came out for the second inning, and he went on to pitch
shutout ball in Detroit's only victory of the Series.