Once again, the Tigers avoided going to the arbitration table as they signed their arbitration eligible players. The big signing was a one year (yes, I the bet with myself when I said they’d sign a five year deal) contract for third baseman Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers will pay him $11.3 million. They must have thought with another year (Cabrera can’t file for free agency until after the 2009 season) that they could put off a longer term deal. Still, $11.3 million is one of the healthier deals for a player two seasons away from free agency.
The Tigers also signed Bobby Seay but I couldn’t open the press release to see how much they signed him for. Seay will join Tim Byrdak as left handers coming out of the pen in 2008.