Projected arbitration salaries for Detroit Tigers in 2017

Anthony Fenech
Detroit Free Press
Detroit Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos runs out a double against the Cleveland Indians on Sept. 27, 2016.

The Detroit Tigers have six arbitration-eligible players this off-season: third baseman Nick Castellanos, shortstop Jose Iglesias, utilityman Andrew Romine, right-handed relievers Bruce Rondon and Alex Wilson and lefty reliever Justin Wilson.

This morning, published its list of projected arbitration salaries. The website is considered the industry’s authoritative source on arbitration figures.

The Tigers’ expected arbitration salaries are as follows: Castellanos, $2.8 million; Iglesias, $3.2 million; Romine, $1.2 million; Rondon, $900,000; Alex Wilson, $1.2 million, and Justin Wilson, $2.7 million.

The Tigers are expected to offer one-year contracts, worth no less than 80% of this past season’s salary, to their arbitration-eligible players by the January deadline. Often times, the players will decline those offers, opting to negotiate for more money. The Tigers have not had a player’s salary determined through arbitration since general manager Al Avila joined the organization under former GM Dave Dombrowski in 2002.

None of the six players are nontender candidates. (Teams can nontender an arbitration-eligible player if they would rather risk losing him to another team than potentially pay him more than they want in the arbitration process.)

Iglesias, Romine and Justin Wilson are in their second years of arbitration. Castellanos, Rondon and Alex Wilson are in their first.

Castellanos figures to be the most interesting arbitration case. He broke his left hand on a hit-by-pitch Aug. 6 and missed seven weeks. At that point, Castellanos was putting together a breakout season offensively, hitting .286 with a career-high 18 home runs. He returned for the final four games of the season.

His arbitration raise likely will be the biggest on the team. He made $536,500 this past season. Iglesias made $2.1 million, Romine $900,000 and Justin Wilson $1.52 million.

Final grades for 2016 Detroit Tigers: Team finishes with 2.36 GPA

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