Kelly, Tigers agree to one-year deal
Today’s the day when arbitration-eligible players are scheduled to exchange figures with their teams, which makes it the day a lot of deals get done to avoid arbitration. You can add Don Kelly to the list.
A source confirms that the Tigers have avoided arbitration with Kelly, settling on a one-year deal worth $900,000. Credit Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and MLB Network with the scoop.
Kelly made his case with two years of solid utility work, playing in 231 games combined over the last two seasons. He batted .245 (63-for-257) last year with eight doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 28 RBIs and a .672 OPS. He also pitched in a game, as you may have heard.
Kelly’s contract shows the value of versatility on the market. For comparison’s sake, Ramon Santiago received $825,000 his first season after becoming arbitration-eligible.
Kelly’s deal leaves Max Scherzer and Delmon Young as the remaining arbitration-eligible Tigers who have yet to reach a deal. Once the figures are released, we should get an idea how far apart they are.