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Tigers agree with Castellanos, Greene, Wilson

Iglesias only arbitration-eligible Tigers player yet to sign
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DETROIT -- The Tigers whittled their potential arbitration cases down to one on Friday by signing right-handers Shane Greene and Alex Wilson and right fielder Nicholas Castellanos to one-year contracts.

The Tigers announced the deals Friday evening. Wilson will make $1,925,000, according to a source, while Greene will make $1,950,000. Castellanos will make $6.05 million.

DETROIT -- The Tigers whittled their potential arbitration cases down to one on Friday by signing right-handers Shane Greene and Alex Wilson and right fielder Nicholas Castellanos to one-year contracts.

The Tigers announced the deals Friday evening. Wilson will make $1,925,000, according to a source, while Greene will make $1,950,000. Castellanos will make $6.05 million.

That left Jose Iglesias as the lone arbitration-eligible Tiger still unsigned. Detroit exchanged salary figures with the shortstop later Friday. Iglesias filed at $6.8 million, while the Tigers countered at $5.6 million. The two sides can negotiate up until a hearing, which would be scheduled for February.

The Tigers avoided arbitration with catcher James McCann on Thursday with a one-year contract worth $2,375,000. Blaine Hardy and the Tigers avoided arbitration with a one-year contract in November.

The 29-year-old Greene was a first-time arbitration-eligible player with a unique history as a starter and a closer, both of which were taken into account. After working in a variety of roles in 2016, Greene began last year as a setup man before becoming the Tigers' closer after Justin Wilson's trade to the Cubs at the end of July.

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Greene went 4-3 with a 2.66 ERA and nine saves in 71 games, striking out 73 batters over 67 2/3 innings. His 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings marked the best ratio of his career, tempered by 4.5 walks per nine innings.

The 31-year-old Wilson was eligible for arbitration for a second consecutive season, having agreed to a $1,175,000 contract last year. He posted a 2-5 record with a 4.50 ERA and two saves in 66 appearances before his season ended with a broken right fibula in late September.

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Like Wilson, Castellanos was arbitration-eligible for the second time in his career, having made $3 million last year. He's coming off his most productive offensive season, having set career highs with 36 doubles, 10 triples, 26 home runs and 101 RBIs while batting .272 with an .811 OPS. Not only did he lead the AL in triples, he became the first Tiger since Curtis Granderson a decade ago to post 30 or more doubles, 10 or more triples and 20-plus homers in the same season.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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

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