That changed Friday evening when the long-awaiting, and expected, deal was signed.
Avila signs for 2014 with a 2015 option with #Tigers. Gets $4.15M in ’14. Opt for $5.4M or $200K buyout.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 31, 2014
Sherman, of the New York Post, also stated that there is a 2015 vesting option for $5.4 million. If he becomes an All-Star, in the top 15 in MVP voting or is awarded the Silver Slugger in 2014, the option will kick-in. There is also a $200,000 buy-out.
This means only Andy Dirks received less than was estimated via MLB Trade Rumors for the Tigers arbitration candidates.
With Alex’s signing, no Detroit players are eligible for arbitration, but 26 remain unsolved throughout MLB.