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Tigers avoid arbitration with Wilson

Detroit agrees to terms with lefty on 1-year deal
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DETROIT -- The Tigers, who have not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player in 15 years, began their effort to continue that streak Wednesday. Detroit agreed to terms with lefty reliever Justin Wilson on a one-year contract, the club announced. The contract is reportedly worth $1,525,000.

Wilson, acquired last month from the Yankees for two prospects, presented an interesting case once he joined Detroit's bullpen. A first-time arbitration-eligible player, he has been an effective southpaw for the better part of three seasons between Pittsburgh and the Bronx. Left-handed hitters have batted .235 (58-for-247) with three home runs, 24 walks and 59 strikeouts against Wilson in his Major League career; right-handed batters have hit him for just a .209 (100-for-478) average with eight home runs and 134 strikeouts.

DETROIT -- The Tigers, who have not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player in 15 years, began their effort to continue that streak Wednesday. Detroit agreed to terms with lefty reliever Justin Wilson on a one-year contract, the club announced. The contract is reportedly worth $1,525,000.

Wilson, acquired last month from the Yankees for two prospects, presented an interesting case once he joined Detroit's bullpen. A first-time arbitration-eligible player, he has been an effective southpaw for the better part of three seasons between Pittsburgh and the Bronx. Left-handed hitters have batted .235 (58-for-247) with three home runs, 24 walks and 59 strikeouts against Wilson in his Major League career; right-handed batters have hit him for just a .209 (100-for-478) average with eight home runs and 134 strikeouts.

Wilson allowed 49 hits over 61 innings last season with 20 walks and 66 strikeouts, recording 29 holds against two blown saves.

The Tigers also avoided arbitration with infielder Andrew Romine, agreeing to a one-year deal on Thursday.

Detroit now has two arbitration-eligible players left to sign, including first-time eligible infielder Jose Iglesias. J.D. Martinez is eligible for a second time as the Tigers try to work out a long-term contract with the slugging right fielder. The two sides could settle on a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, then work on a longer-term contract without the pressures of a deadline.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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