Four members of the Detroit Tigers have filed for salary arbitration, prior to the deadline on Tuesday.
David Price, JD Martinez, Alfredo Simon, and Al Alburquerque all believe they are due a raise from their current salaries. Each player and the Tigers are to submit a proposed salary number by Friday, and if no agreement can be reached then an independent arbiter will give a final number next month. GM Dave Dombrowski has never gone to salary arbitration with a player in his days with the Tigers.
David Price is signed for $14 million next season, but MLB Trade Rumors is projecting him to make upwards of $19 million for next season alone. Price is a free-agent after next season, so how things go in arbitration could go a long way in determining his future with the Tigers
JD Martinez is coming off a monster breakout season in which he found an everyday job manning the Tigers outfield. MLB Trade Rumors is projecting Martinez could get up to $3 million in salary arbitration, which sounds about right. Can JD follow a great 2014 with an equally as good 2015? Logic says no, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
New Tigers Alfredo Simon was paid $1.5 million by the Cincinnati Reds last season, but could command over $5 million in salary arbitration for 2015. Simon was brought over to the Tigers in order to be a starting pitcher, whereas he’s been mostly a relief pitcher in the past. A salary increase like that is assuming he’ll be the Tigers 4th or 5th starter in the rotation.
Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque is the 4th and final Tiger player filing for salary arbitration. Al Al was paid just over $800,000 for his services in 2014, but that amount could double in salary arbitration. Good value for the team.
Lastly, the Tigers announced the signing of Daniel Schlereth to a minor league deal on Wednesday.