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Tigers avoid arbitration with Matthew Boyd, Daniel Norris, 2 others

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Detroit will have no arbitration hearings in 2020 after agreeing to contracts with its remaining eligible players.

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The Detroit Tigers agreed to contract terms with their four remaining arbitration-eligible players for the 2020 season on Friday afternoon. Matthew Boyd, Daniel Norris, Buck Farmer, and JaCoby Jones agreed to deals with the club before the deadline.

Daniel Norris, in his second season of arbitration eligibility, agreed to a salary of $2,962,500 for the 2020 season. That’s just a bit higher than the $2.9 million projection made by Matt Swartz at MLB Trade Rumors. Norris, who earned $ 1.275 million in 2019, has one more season of arbitration eligibility remaining before he becomes a free agent after the 2021 season.

Matthew Boyd settled with the team on a salary of $5.3 million for the 2020 season. He was projected to earn a salary of $6.4 million in his second season of arbitration eligibility. He earned $2.6 million as a Super Two eligible player in 2019, when he made the American League All-Star team before his performance tailed off in the second half of the season. Boyd is still a strong trade candidate, and a player who could be in for a multi-year contract extension. He will be eligible for free agency after the 2022 season.

The Tigers agreed with outfielder JaCoby Jones on a salary of $ 1.575 million for the 2020 season. Jones barely squeezed in as a Super Two eligible player with two years and 125 days of service time. He was projected to receive a salary of $1.4 million.

Buck Farmer agreed with the team on a salary of $1.15 million for next season in his first season of arbitration eligibility. He was projected to receive $1.1 million. Farmer will be eligible two more times before reaching six years of service time. Both Jones and Farmer earned salaries just above the major league minimum in 2019.

Earlier this week, the Tigers earlier agreed with Michael Fulmer on a salary of $2.8 million, which is the same salary that he earned in 2019, when he spent the entire season on the injured list. He will miss the start of the 2020 season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Fulmer has two more seasons of arbitration eligibility remaining, and will be eligible for free agency after the 2022 season.

Fulmer became the first Tigers player to have his case go to an arbitration hearing in 15 years last winter, when the arbitrators ruled in the team’s favor by giving him $2.8 million instead of the $3.4 million that he had requested.