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Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Tigers re-sign Maroth for two years, Inge for one

Associated Press

DETROIT -- Mike Maroth agreed Wednesday to a $5.25 million, two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers and third baseman Brandon Inge signed off on a $3 million, one-year deal.

Maroth was 14-14 with a 4.74 ERA last season, when he had 115 strikeouts and 51 walks in 209 innings. The 28-year-old left-hander went 9-21 in 2003, becoming the first pitcher since 1980 to lose 20 games. He bounced back the next year with an 11-13 record and a 4.31 ERA.

Detroit will pay Maroth $2.3 million this year and $2.95 million in 2007.

Inge, who also is 28, batted .261 with 16 homers and 72 RBI last year. Primarily a catcher during his first four seasons in Detroit, he played 160 games at third base last season, the most by a Tiger at that position since Aurelio Rodriguez's 160 in 1973.

Detroit has five players remaining eligible for salary arbitration: right-handers Jeremy Bonderman and Chris Spurling; outfielder Craig Monroe; and first baseman Carlos Pena.