Kenny Rogers is representing himself as a free agent, the Detroit Tigers confirmed Saturday.
The move seems to be a sign that the left-handed pitcher is closer to returning to Detroit and not letting agent Scott Boras shop his services to the highest bidder.
“I still hope to be in a Tiger uniform in 2008,” Rogers wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press earlier this week before reports surfaced that he fired agent Boras.
The Tigers have been busy since the season ended, exercising the option on Ivan Rodriguez’s contract to keep him behind the plate, trading for shortstop Edgar Renteria and outfielder Jacque Jones and re-signing closer Todd Jones.
Detroit wanted to include bringing back Rogers in the flurry of deals, but Boras informed the ballclub that he and Rogers were going to explore other options.
That conflicted statements Rogers made throughout the season about wanting to pitch for the Tigers, if the 43-year-old starter chose not to retire.
Rogers was 3-4 with a 4.43 ERA in an injury-shortened season for the Tigers. Over 19 seasons, Rogers is 210-143.