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Tigers Work Deals With Castellanos, 4 Others; Still No Deal For Fulmer

January 11, 2019 - 9:36 pm

DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket) -- The Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with four players on Friday, including right fielder Nicholas Castellanos, who has signed a one-year, $9.9 million deal.

While the club also inked one-year deals with left-handed pitchers Matthew Boyd, Daniel Norris and Blaine Hardy, Detroit may be headed to its first arbitration hearing since 2001.

Right-handed starter Michael Fulmer remains the only arbitration-eligible Tiger without a contract. The club has until Feb. 1 to strike a deal with Fulmer; otherwise Fulmer and the Tigers will go before the arbitration board to settle on a contract.

Signing Castellanos may have increased the chances that the Tigers try to trade him at some point. Teams will likely be intrigued by Castellanos and his set salary. In his fifth full season with the Tigers, Castellanos posted a career-high .298 batting average in 2018, while posting 23 home runs and 89 RBIs.

The Tigers have reportedly been shopping Castellanos since the Winter Meetings, but the asking price has been pretty high. Perhaps the set salary will make it easier for the Tigers to complete a deal. Catellanos, who turns 27 in March, is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2019 season.

Boyd's deal, reportedly worth $2.6 million, comes after his third full season with the Tigers in which he finally stuck in the club's rotation. The 27-year-old went 9-13 with a 4.39 ERA and was arguably the bright spot in a rotation that struggled for most of the season.

Norris will make $1.275 million, according to reports, while Hardy is reportedly due $1.3 million.

The Tigers also previously struck $4 million a deal with Shane Greene on Thursday to avoid arbitration, settling the score with five of their six arbitration-eligible players.

Reports say Fulmer could be due as much as $3 million in arbitration.