The Tigers settled with two arbitration eligible players today as both Marcus Thames and Fernando Rodney signed one year deals. Marcus Thames got a $1 million raise and he’ll make $2.275 million Rodney got a raise as well and he’ll make $2.7 million.
That leaves five guys left to sign, with of course Justin Verlander leading the list. If an arbitration eligible player isn’t signed by Monday, then the two sides exchange figures and if a deal isn’t reached by the early February, it goes into an arbitration hearing. It’s likely it’ll go that far though because Dave Dombrowski hasn’t let a player reach actual arbitration since he took over in 2002.