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Tigers agree with Michael Fulmer on contract, avoid salary arbitration

The former Rookie of the Year will miss part of the 2020 season.

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The Detroit Tigers have come to terms with pitcher Michael Fulmer on a one-year contract for the 2020 season, avoiding arbitration. Fulmer was projected by MLB Trade Rumors to receive the same salary of $2.8 million for the upcoming season that he received in 2019, and that is indeed what he will receive, according to Mlive’s Evan Woodbury.

Fulmer missed the entire 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery, and will miss part of the 2020 season. He became the first Tigers player to have an arbitration hearing in 16 years last winter. The pitcher asked for a $3.4 million salary, but the arbitrators opted for the club’s offer instead.

Since being acquired from the New York Mets for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes in July of 2015, Fulmer has made 75 starts for Detroit, with a 3.81 ERA, striking out 7.03 batters and walking 2.53 per nine innings. He has amassed 8.2 fWAR over three seasons in that span.

Teams and arbitration eligible players will exchange salary figures on Friday, January 10, if they have not come to terms for a salary by that time. The Tigers have four other players eligible for arbitration: pitchers Daniel Norris, Buck Farmer, and Matthew Boyd, and outfielder Jacoby Jones.