Starting pitcher Kenny Rogers does want to play next season, but he's going to keep his options open and test the free agent waters, according to a published report.
Rogers' agent, Scott Boras, told the Tigers on Tuesday that while the veteran hurler is "ready for another season," he hasn't decided on where he'd like to pitch in 2008, according to the Detroit Free Press.
That message apparently contradicts earlier discussions between Rogers and the Tigers.
"It's different than what Kenny told us," Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski told the paper Wednesday, "but that's what Scott has expressed."
Boras added in a later interview with the paper that Rogers would like to remain with the Tigers, but "he wants to be properly placed in the current market. As long as the Tigers are willing to do that, they will remain his first choice. If anything other than that were to happen, that would be grounds for him to look at this differently."
Rogers had an injury-plagued season in 2007 and started the year on the DL after having surgery March 30 to remove a blood clot from his left shoulder and repair arteries. He finished the year with a 3-4 record and a 4.43 ERA.
Rogers won 17 games in his first season with the Tigers in 2006, helping Detroit reach the World Series. He had 13 or more victories in each of the past five campaigns prior to last season, including 18 wins in 2004 for Texas. He left the Rangers following the 2005 season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.