Arbitration — four down, one to go
Another busy day for Tigers legal counsel John Westhoff, who was able to settle on one-year deals with all but one of the remaining arbitration cases. Gerald Laird gets a reported $2.8 million, Edwin Jackson a reported $2.2 million, Bobby Seay $1.3 million and Joel Zumaya $735,000.
That leaves Justin Verlander, whose agent exchanged figures with the team today and have a significant gap to cross before they can settle. Verlander asked for $4.15 million, while the Tigers submitted a figure of $3.2 million. In case you haven’t heard this already, the Tigers have not had an arbitration case to go to a hearing under Dave Dombrowski.