DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers have signed three pitchers to minor-league deals, with invitations to MLB spring training.
It might not be the free agent pitching news Tigers fans have been waiting for since the lockout ended, but the organization is looking to build some depth behind a young starting rotation and bullpen.
Right-handers Miguel Diaz, Drew Hutchison and Ramon Rosso agreed to terms Monday morning (March 14) and will join the Tigers in Lakeland this week.
Diaz, 27, posted a 3.64 ERA, 4.81 FIP and 1.190 WHIP in 42 innings for the San Diego Padres last season. He struck out 46 batters and walked 19.
Hutchison, 31, made nine appearances for the Tigers last season, including two starts. He allowed just five earned runs in 21.1 innings, but did so while posting a 4.39 FIP and 1.453 WHIP, and walking more batters (11) than he struck out (10).
Rosso, 25, has 17.2 innings of MLB experience under his belt across the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. He owns a career 6.11 ERA, 5.39 FIP and 1.698 WHIP, and has struck out 18 batters while walking 11. Thirteen of his 14 appearances have come out of the bullpen.