Tigers avoid arbitration with Porcello, Coke

Expect most of the Tigers’ arbitration cases to get settled this week, and Rick Porcello and Phil Coke are the first, agreeing to terms on one-year deals.

Porcello will be paid $3.1 million. Coke gets $1.1 million, with another $50,000 possible in bonuses — $25,000 each for 65 or 70 games pitched, or $25,000 each for 15 or 25 games started. Don’t read anything into the starting bonuses.

Porcello was eligible for arbitration for the first time as a super-2 player, not getting the three full seasons to be eligible under traditional rules but having enough time short of three seasons to qualify. He has four more seasons before he’s eligible for free agency, so the motivation to sign him to a long-term deal was minimal. Recent history shows those deals usually get done when a pitcher is two years away from free agency, though Gio Gonzalez’s recent deal with the Nationals makes you wonder if the Tigers would’ve done the same thing with him had they pulled off a trade for him.

The Tigers have four arbitration cases left with Phil Coke, Max Scherzer, Delmon Young and Don Kelly. Young’s case figures to be the most intriguing, being eligible for a third time and coming off a season that had a rough start but a strong finish, with a trade in between.


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i would have though DK’s case would be the most interesting because he played all 9 positions. :p
Nice to see Porcello getting some money, now I’d like to see some consistency out of him – as well as getting a few lefties out.

Max and Delmon. Now, those two ought to be interesting.

Delmon needs to develop consistency from first half to second half and Max needs to develop consistency from start to start.
No doubt Mr. Dave will get them done this week. He’s not about to start going to arbitration after all these years.

Cespedes. Two hits. Replaced by a pinch runner after the second hit.
His team needs to win today and tomorrow to go to the final ( if Tigres lose tomorrow , if not will be a tie)
I did not see it, the broadcaster said it was a strong hit: ” un tablazo”
He has not played since april so it is normal that he is cold. Still , he will need time in the Minors

More than one scout agrees with you on Cespedes needing time in the minors, maybe more than just a little stint to start the year.

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