The Detroit Tigers and right-handed pitcher Alex Wilson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.175 million contract, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.
Wilson, 30, struggled twice in the month of May, but was successful overall in the 2016 season. Even though his strikeouts came with more walks and fewer groundballs, the reliever still bumped up his strikeout rate.
Right-handed pitcher Bruce Rondon will make $850,000 in 2017, according Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Also, shortstop Jose Iglesias will make $4.1 million during the 2016 season, per Fenech. The two came to terms with the Tigers on Friday. Rondon was projected to earn $900,000 and Iglesias $3.2 million.
Rondon tossed in 37 games for the Tigers in 2016, posting a 2.97 ERA, 0.963 WHIP, and 3.70 FIP. He struck out 45 batters in 36.1 innings of work. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound relief pitcher has been in Detroit since the Tigers signed him as an amateur free agent in 2007.
Iglesias, 27, slashed .255/.306/.336 in 2016 with four home runs and 32 RBI in 137 games. The shortstop and third baseman was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 2009, then made the move to Detroit as part of a three-team trade between the Tigers, Red Sox, and Chicago White Sox. To get Iglesias, the Tigers gave away outfielder Avisail Garcia to Chicago and Brayan Villarreal to Boston.
Meanwhile, utilityman Andrew Romine and the Tigers agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million deal for 2017.
Detroit had two other players, Nick Castellanos and Justin Wilson, avoid arbitration. According to MLBTradeRumors.com, Castellanos is projected to get $2.8 million, while Wilson should get $2.7 million. Wilson is in his second year of arbitration, while Castellanos is in his first.
Since 2002, the Tigers have never gone to an arbitration hearing with another player. Since hearings are scheduled throughout February, there is still a lot of time for Castellanos and Wilson to strike a deal to stay in the Motor City.null