REPORT: Tigers come to terms with Alburquerque, avoiding arbitration
Just like that, the Detroit Tigers are apparently through another offseason without an arbitration case going to a hearing.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Tigers and Al Alburquerque settled on a deal for $1.725 million, with an incentive clause of an additional $12,500 for reaching the 75-appearance plateau.
For reference, last year was the closest he’s come to that mark, appearing in 72 games.
The two sides met just slightly north of the midpoint between the numbers they’d exchanged. Heyman reported a week ago that Alburquerque’s camp filed for $2.05 million, and the Tigers countered with an offer of $1.375 million.
Previously, the Tigers came to terms with their three other arbitration-eligible players — David Price ($19.75MM), Alfredo Simon ($5MM) and J.D. Martinez ($3MM) — giving them yet another year under Dave Dombrowski without appearing in front of an arbitrator.