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Mesa agrees to one-year deal with Tigers

DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers agreed to terms on a $2.5 million, one-year
contract with veteran reliever Jose Mesa on Monday.

The Tigers also announced that the club has agreed to terms on a
four-year contract extension with third baseman Brandon Inge.

Inge, who told The Associated Press on Friday that he had
reached a deal, will earn $4.9 million next year, $6.2 million in
2008, $6.3 million in 2009 and $6.6 million in 2010.

Mesa, 40, had a 1-5 record and a 3.86 ERA with the Colorado
Rockies this year. The right-hander was ninth in the National
League with a career-high 79 appearances.

"He brings a veteran presence and a wealth of experience in a
variety of roles to help strengthen our bullpen," Tigers president
and general manager Dave Dombrowski said.

Mesa has been in the major leagues for 18 years. He has a 78-106
record, a 4.27 ERA and 320 saves in 966 appearances, which is
second among all active pitchers.

Inge was one of the holdovers from the 2003 Tigers team that
lost an AL record 119 games, then surprised the baseball world this
year by winning the AL pennant before falling in five games to St.
Louis in the World Series.

Inge recorded career highs in 2006 with 83 runs scored, 27
homers, 83 RBI and a .463 slugging percentage while batting .253
in 159 games.