The Tigers and left-handed reliever Blaine Hardy have agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration, the team announced Saturday.
The deal is worth about $750,000, a slight raise from last season. He made barely above the league minimum last year, about $520,000.
Hardy, 30, has been a member of the Tigers bullpen the last four years, though he’s coming off his rockiest season. In 2017, he posted a 5.94 ERA and a 1.770 WHIP, and spent much of the year trying to figure things out at Triple-A Toledo. He allowed seven homers, more than his first three years total.
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His first three seasons, he appeared in 129 games and posted a 3.00 ERA and 1.381 WHIP.
Hardy will enter spring training competing with the likes of Chad Bell, Jairo Labourt and Daniel Stumpf for the situational lefty spots.
Hardy is a former 22nd-round pick by the Kansas City Royals. He signed with the Tigers in April 2013.
The following arbitration-eligible players are still unsigned for 2018: shortstop Jose Iglesias; outfielder Nicholas Castellanos; relievers Alex Wilson, Bruce Rondon and Shane Greene; and catcher James McCann.
The Tigers waived three arbitration-eligible players last month: utility man Andrew Romine, outfielder Alex Presley and catcher Bryan Holaday.
Romine was claimed by the Seattle Mariners; Presley and Holaday cleared waivers and are now free agents.
Players with more than three but less than six years of Major League service time are eligible for arbitration. Hardy is among a small number of “Super 2” players who have less than three years of service but are still eligible for arbitration.
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