The Detroit Tigers came to terms all six of their arbitration eligible players on Friday, meaning that the streak of at least 16 seasons without an arbitration hearing remains intact.
The six players who agreed to terms are:
Jose Iglesias signed a one-year contract for $4.1 million in his second season of arbitration eligibility. The slick-fielding shortstop was projected to receive $3.2 million after earning $2.1 million for the 2016 season. Iglesias, who is represented by super agent Scott Boras, received a $6 million signing bonus coming to the Boston Red Sox from Cuba. He will be arbitration-eligible for the third and final time after the 2017 season, unless he signs a contract extension.
Nick Castellanos, UPDATE: in his first season of arbitration eligibility, settled with the club on a one year contract for 2017 for a $ 3 million salary. The former supplemental first-round draft selection and No. 44 overall pick has been the starting third baseman in Detroit for the past three seasons. He was projected to receive a salary of $2.8 million.
Justin Wilson came to terms with the club for a salary of $2.7 million, which is exactly the amount projected by Matt Swartz for MLB Trade Rumors. Also in his second year of arbitration eligibility, Wilson was a mainstay in the Tigers bullpen after coming over from the New York Yankees last winter. He led all Tigers’ relief pitchers with a 1.1 fWAR in 58 2⁄3 innings of work.
Andrew Romine settled with the Tigers for a $1.3 million salary for the 2017 season in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The Tigers’ super utility infielder played all eight positions on the diamond during the 2016 season, batting from both sides of the plate while posting 0.6 fWAR in 194 plate appearances over 109 games. He was projected to earn $1.2 million.
Alex Wilson agreed to terms on a $1.175 million contract, which is just slightly below the $1.2 million projection. Wilson, who is eligible for the first time in his career, led the team with 73 innings of work in relief, posting an fWAR of 0.9 for the season. He leads all Tigers in relief appearances, innings, and fWAR over the 2015 and 2016 seasons combined. He is under club control for two more seasons.
Bruce Rondon settled for an $850,000 contract with the team in his first season of arbitration eligibility. The hard-throwing right-hander was projected at $900,000. After signing with the Tigers as an international free agent from Venezuela in 2007, Rondon has been cast as a closer of the future. He will be under club control for at least two more seasons.
There may be some incentives in the terms of these contracts that have not yet been disclosed. The contracts are not fully guaranteed until Opening Day.
With the arbitration cases settled and the addition of Alex Avila, the Tigers have a projected Opening Day payroll of $198.8 million, and a total payroll for luxury tax purposes of just under $215 million. The six arbitration eligible contracts represent an increase of $ 7.3 million total.