The Detroit Tigers and infielder Andrew Romine have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.3 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Romine made $900,000 last season and has picked up a nice raise in his second change at arbitration eligibility. He has earned a $400,000 raise.
During the 2016 season, Romine played every single position in the infield and outfield for the Tigers. The utility man should play all over the field once again this season. The switch-hitting 31-year-old played in 109 games last season and took 174 at-bats, managing to hit .236 with two home runs and 16 runs batted in.
Detroit has five players still eligible for arbitration in third baseman Nick Castellanos, shortstop Jose Iglesias, and pitchers Bruce Rondon, Alex Wilson and Justin Wilson. The Tigers will exchange proposed salaries with the players on Friday, unless an agreement can be made.
According to MLBTradeRumors, Castellanos is projected to earn $2.8 million, Iglesias projected at $3.2 million, Rondon projected at $900,000, Alex Wilson projected at $1.2 million and Justin Wilson projected at $2.7 million. Prior to signing his deal, Romine was projected to make $1.2 million in his second year of arbitration. Iglesias and Justin Wilson are in their second years of arbitration, while Castellanos, Rondon and Alex Wilson are in their first years.
The Tigers have not had a player's salary determined through arbitration since Al Avila joined the organization in 2002.null