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Tigers agree to terms with eight players

Tigers agree to terms with eight players

DETROIT -- The Tigers announced Tuesday they've agreed to terms on one-year contracts with eight more players on their 40-man roster.

Pitchers Eulogio De La Cruz, Preston Larrison, Humberto Sanchez, Jordan Tata, Mark Woodyard and Joel Zumaya, shortstop Tony Giarratano and outfielder Brent Clevlen all reached deals for the 2006 season. The signings were a procedural formality entering Spring Training; none of them were eligible for salary arbitration or free agency. Only Giarratano and Woodyard have any Major League experience.

All eight players will report to Major League camp later this month, though none of them are favorites to make the big club. Zumaya, one of the organization's top pitching prospects along with Justin Verlander, arguably has the best chance. He's among the candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation as well as a long relief role out of the bullpen.

The signings mean the Tigers have 25 members of their 40-man roster under contract for the season.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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