The deal is a Minor League contract including an invitation to Spring Training. Kelly spent six out of his seven Major League years with the Tigers, batting .234 with 23 home runs.
Scherzer turned down an offer from Detroit last March that would have paid him $144 million from 2015-20.
With the completion of the deals, right-handed relief pitcher Al Alburquerque remains the only arbitration-eligible player the Tigers have yet to settle with.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Tigers have expressed interest in veteran starting pitcher Justin Masterson, who spent time with the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals in 2014.
With four straight division titles to their credit — but no World Series championship since 1984 — the boldness is understandable.
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reported on Wednesday night that the Tigers have traded for outfielder Anthony Gose, sending top prospect Devon Travis to Toronto in return.
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said that the team’s number one priority would be to re-sign Silver Slugger Award-winning designated hitter Victor Martinez.
The Tigers did not announce a decision on catcher Alex Avila’s future, who has had a history of concussion issues stemming from the beatings he takes from foul balls while behind the plate.
With the offseason officially upon us, we say goodbye to the 2014 teams that we loved and hated and to the players on those rosters. I say this because the free agency period begins on Tuesday and there are many, many big-time players and MVP caliber athletes who can make an impact wherever they sign and cause chaos to the team they leave.
Robinson’s death was confirmed Monday by both the Tigers and the Kansas-based Natural Baseball Academy, where he served as a pitching director, coach and instructor.