Arbitration deadline nears, here’s what it means for the Tigers


Arbitration for the Tigers opens on Friday. Currently, they have six players that are arbitration eligible, and according to Evan Woodbery of MLive, here is the breakdown:

Player Jose Iglesias Nick Castellanos Justin Wilson Andrew Romine Alex Wilson Bruce Rondon
2016 Salary $2.1 Million $536,500 $1.525 Million $900,000 $522,500 $507,500
Service Time 4 years, 36 days 3 years, 29 days 4 years, 35 days 4 years, 49 days 3 years, 38 days 3 years, 37 days
Proj. 2017 Arb. Salary $3.2 Million $2.8 Million $2.7 Million $1.2 Million $1.2 Million $900,000

The projected 2017 salaries are composed via MLBTradeRumors.

Here is a thorough breakdown of the arbitration process for MLB players via FanGraphs:

“They have at least three full seasons of MLB service time, and less than six. Players with six or more years of service time become free agents after their contracts have expired, while players with less than six seasons are under team-control. Up until players have acquired three seasons of service time, their salary is determined solely by their team. For years three through six, players can take their salary demands to an arbitration panel if they can’t reach an agreement with their team.

If they have less then three full seasons of MLB service time, but are within the top 22% of players with more than two years of service time. This is called the “Super Two” exception, and it often leads to top prospects being held down in the minor leagues until they have passed the Super Two threshold. For more on this, see our Super Two page.”

It is yet to be seen how each of these scenarios will be played out, but it looks as if each of these guys will garner a significant pay raise. And for a team that’s supposedly becoming much more stingy and careful with their spending this off-season, coupled with the new penalties for spending over the luxury tax threshold from the newly-signed collective bargaining agreement, it will be super interesting to see how this plays out.