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The Detroit Tigers avoided attending arbitration salary hearings for the 17th consecutive year. They agreed to terms with shortstop Jose Iglesias, who was the last arbitration player left. The Tigers and Iglesias reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $6.275 million.
Iglesias’ days in the Motor City are numbered as it is, per Bless You Boys, who quoted General Manager Al Avila saying:
“He’s one of those guys that, quite frankly, he probably will not be with us in the long run,” Avila said in an appearance on the January 4th edition of 97.1 The Ticket’s TigerTalk radio program. “We have to make sure that we develop a good shortstop in our system for our future.”
Detroit Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris is known for living the van life. And according to Bless You Boys, the van has its very own Instagram account. James McCann also shared a picture of his twin sons on Instagram.
The Detroit Tigers have been impressed with prospect Dawel Lugo so far. Lugo was acquired last summer in the trade that sent J.D Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the Dominican League this winter, Lugo has hit .324 four doubles, and six RBIs while striking out just seven times in 19 games.
Another strong prospect for the Detroit Tigers is Jake Rogers. Rogers is ranked as a top ten catcher in the minor leagues according to MLB.com. Rogers came to the Motor City via the trade that sent Justin Verlander to the Astros. While he wasn’t the biggest prospect of the trade, he’s the best defensive catcher prospect per MLB Pipeline.
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