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AP: Rondell White Signs With the Tigers

December 14, 2003 GMT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ The Detroit Tigers kept up their free-agent spending Saturday night, agreeing to a $6 million, two-year contract with outfielder Rondell White.

White, 31, started 2003 with the New York Yankees, was traded to the San Diego Padres on March 19, then was dealt to the Kansas City Royals on Aug. 26.

Detroit refused to confirm or deny the deal, but said White was a player the team was interested in. The agreement was revealed to The Associated Press by a baseball source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The Tigers also had been talking with the agent for outfielder Reggie Sanders.

After losing an American League-record 119 games last season, the Tigers have opened their wallets during the offseason.

On Wednesday, Detroit agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract with two-time Gold Glove second baseman Fernando Vina. Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski also said the team is interested in free-agent shortstop Miguel Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP.

A .300 hitter in each season from 1998 to 2001, White slumped in New York the following year, battling injuries for most of the season. He wound up hitting .240 with 14 homers and 62 RBIs.

He rebounded to make the National League All-Star team this year. White batted .278 with 18 homers and 66 RBIs for the Padres, then hit .347 with four homers and 21 RBIs in 75 at-bats down the stretch with the Royals.