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Wednesday, Feb. 20 11:49am ET
Tigers sign OF Jose Macias to two-year contract

LAKELAND, Florida (Ticker) -- The Detroit Tigers on Wednesday signed outfielder Jose Macias to a two-year contract.

With the departure of free agent outfielder Roger Cedeno, Macias will take over as the team's center fielder and leadoff hitter for the 2002 season.

The 28-year-old Macias spent his first full season in the majors last year, played all three outfield positions along with second base and third base and hit .268 with eight homers, 51 RBI and 21 stolen bases. However, he drew just 32 walks in 488 at-bats for a weak on-base percentage of .316.

Macias continued to work on his offensive skills in the offseason, capturing the Panamanian Winter League's batting crown with a .323 batting average.

The Tigers also agreed with pitchers Jeff Farnsworth, Kris Keller and Mike Maroth and outfielder Andres Torres on one-year contracts.