The Detroit Tigers and catcher Mickey Tettleton have agree on a three-year contract, club president Bo Schembechler said yesterday.
Terms were not disclosed.
Tettleton, who could have become a free agent, played in 154 games this season. He had career highs in batting average (.263), home runs (31), RBI (89) and runs (85).
Tettleton was traded to the Tigers from the Baltimore Orioles in January for pitcher Jeff Robinson.
* DODGERS: Bob Ojeda (12-9, 3.18 ERA) reportedly will file papers with the National League next week that will force the club to trade him.
Tom Selakovich, Ojeda's agent, told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday that the Dodgers had rejected his request to extend his contract, which expires at the end of next season.
Ojeda can force a trade because he was traded last season amid a multiyear deal. The Basic Agreement stipulates that such players can demand a trade or become a free agent on March 15 if a trade is not completed.
* A New York appeals court has upheld the drunken-driving conviction of William Reedy, the Detroit bar owner who was driving during the Christmas Day 1989 accident that killed former major-league manager Billy Martin.
* American League umpire Steve Palermo left the Dallas Rehabilitation Institute, where he had been undergoing therapy for a gunshot wound he sustained in July while trying to break up a robbery.
Palermo will continue to recuperate at home.