Detroit Tigers: Salary Relief and Sustainability Are Coming, Regardless of Trades
Detroit will likely have to shell out arbitration raises following next season.
However, the reality is that the money used on arbitration raises won’t be anywhere close to the potential salary coming off the books.
Jose Iglesias, Justin Wilson, Nick Castellanos, Andrew Romine, Bruce Rondon, Alex Wilson, Blaine Hardy, James McCann and Shane Greene will all be eligible for arbitration following the 2017 season.
Despite the long list of names, the group could change with time.
Iglesias and Justin Wilson’s names have come up often in the trade-rumor mill, while Detroit could eventually replace Romine.
The Tigers could trade the trio for pieces that will help the team sustain long-term success. In the meantime, the likes of Dixon Machado and Joe Jimenez can step in and provide similar production.
Notable Pre-Arbitration Names
While some key players will be eligible for arbitration following next season, the Detroit Tigers will still employ a significant number of players yet to be eligible for the process.
Michael Fulmer, Daniel Norris and Matt Boyd will be arbitration eligible following 2018.
According to Spotrac, Fulmer made $507,500 last season, while Norris and Boyd checked in at $514,500 and $507,500 respectively.
Joining the trio on the list of players yet to be arbitration eligible following the 2017 season are Kyle Ryan, Machado, Tyler Collins, Buck Farmer, JaCoby Jones and Steven Moya.