Tigers avoid arbitration with Alburquerque with $1.725M deal
Al Alburquerque said at the start of the Tigers winter caravan that he expected to have a deal done next week to avoid arbitration. Instead, he left town Saturday with a deal in place and the Tigers’ streak of avoiding arbitration intact for another year.
A source confirmed a report from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com on the one-year contract with a base salary of $1,725,000. The 28-year-old reliever make an extra $12,500 if he pitches in 75 games.
The deal comes just over a week after the two sides exchanged numbers. Alburquerque and his representatives at Beverly Hills Sports Council filed for 2.05 million. The Tigers filed at $1,375,000.
Unlike some other clubs, the Tigers continue negotiating after exchanging numbers with players, often using the set of the numbers to find a middle ground. The midway point between the two figures was $1,712,500. Alburquerque made $837,500 last season, during which he set career highs with 72 appearances, 15 games finished, 57 1/3 innings and his first Major League save.
The Tigers have not faced an arbitration ruling since Dave Dombrowski took over team president/general manager duties in 2002. They had four cases to settle this month, including a record $19.75 million deal with David Price last week to avoid a hearing.