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Tigers Near Two-Year Deal With Maroth

The Detroit Tigers and pitcher Mike Maroth are nearing an agreement on a two-year contract worth about $5.25 million.

Maroth was 14-14 with a 4.74 ERA last season, two years after being the first pitcher since 1980 to lose 20 games in one season.

Detroit are counting on the left-hander to be in their rotation, perhaps behind Kenny Rogers and Jeremy Bonderman and ahead of Nate Robertson and one of their prospects.

If the team and Maroth complete the deal -- which would pay him about $2.3 million this season and $2.95 million in 2007 -- they would avoid arbitration.

"We've had conversations, but I can't say more at this point," Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday night.

Via AP

Tigers To Play Team Italy

The Detroit Tigers will have some European guests at spring training -- the Italian national baseball team.

Italy will play the Tigers in an exhibition game in Lakeland, Fla., on March 4 in preparation for the World Baseball Classic, the Italian baseball federation said Monday. The Italians will train in the Tigers' spring training home from March 3-6.

Tigers pitcher Jason Grilli is being considered for Italy's roster for the March 3-20 tournament.

Italy will play its opening-round games at Kissimmee, Fla. It faces Australia on March 7, Venezuela a day later and the Dominican Republic on March 9.

Via AP

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