The Tigers are within a single player of wrapping up their 2018 contracts after Nicholas Castellanos, Shane Greene and Alex Wilson all stayed clear of arbitration hearings when they signed one-year deals on Friday.
Castellanos, who moved to right field after earlier years at third base, had a $3 million salary in 2017. He'll draw in the vicinity of $7 million next season, according to a source familiar with negotiations.
The source requested anonymity because the Tigers did not disclose financial terms.
Greene, who was pushed into the closer's chute at midseason, and Wilson, a longtime, back-end bullpen stalwart, agreed on $1.9 million deals.
Jose Iglesias failed to settle on a new contract ahead of Friday’s 1 p.m. deadline for arbitration-eligible players to reach an accord with their teams.
However, the deadline does not preclude players and their club from securing a new contract ahead of a February arbitration hearing.
Castellanos was one of the Tigers’ heavy hitters last season with 26 homers and 101 RBIs. He will be a free agent at the end of the 2019 season and it appears Castellanos and the Tigers are not close to any long-term extension.
Greene was paid $550,600 in 2017 as he moved into the closer’s role and found comfort, as well as prowess, in shutting down ninth innings with his flaming fastball-slider combination.
Wilson’s salary was $1.175 million last year. One of the team’s most reliable relievers since he came to the Tigers in 2014, Wilson had a relative off-year in 2017, finishing with a 4.50 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 66 games.
Iglesias made $4.1 million in 2017 and is shooting for a considerably higher figure.
Not since 2001, when the Tigers beat Chris Holt at the negotiating table, have the Tigers had a contract impasse with a player go to the arbitrator.
The Tigers won against Holt in 2001 after a right-handed pitcher, who had come to the Tigers in a trade with the Astros, decided his $2.3 million demand was worth taking to a third party a year after he had been paid $1.2 million.
The Tigers countered with a $1.8-million package and persuaded the mediators that their salary was more in line with Holt’s performance.
The Tigers begin reporting Feb. 13 for spring drills at the site they have been training for more than 80 years, the TigerTown complex at Lakeland, Fla.