Tigers Sign SS Iglesias For 2018 Season
The Detroit Tigers announced yesterday that they signed shortstop Jose Igelsias to a one year deal, avoiding a possible salary arbitration hearing.
Iglesias' deal is worth a report $6.275 million and will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season is over with this contract signing. He was the last of six arbitration eligible free agents the Tigers had on the roster this offseason.
Iglesias' signing means the Tigers have now gone 17 straight offseasons without having a salary arbitration meeting. The last player the Tigers had an arbitration meeting on was RHP Chris Holt in 2001.
The reported value of the contract seems to fit right in the middle of where the two teams were at when the deadline for players to file to an Arbiter came around. At the deadline (January 12) Iglesias was seeking $6.8 million, while the Tigers were at $5.6 millions.
Iglesias hit .255 last year with 54 RBIs and six home runs. He is considered one of the premier defensive specialists at his position, last year he committed only seven errors in 130 games and had a fielding percentage of .987.