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The Detroit Tigers tendered contracts to six arbitration-eligible players for the 2023 season: Austin Meadows, Gregory Soto, Joe Jiménez, José Cisnero, Tyler Alexander and Rony García.
Tigers' new president of baseball operations Scott Harris speaks during his introductory news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.
Detroit Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris, center, stands with Tigers owner Christopher Illitch and president and chief executive officer of Ilitch Sports and Entertainment Chris McGowan during Harris' introductory news conference Sept. 20, 2022 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.
Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris speaks during his introductory news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.
Detroit Tigers' new president of baseball operations Scott Harris, center, speaks during his introductory news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. He is flanked by Tigers owner Christopher Ilitch (left) and Ilitch Sports and Entertainment president Chris McGowan.
Tigers new president of baseball operations Scott Harris, center, speaks as Ilitch Sports president Chris McGowan sits nearby during Harris' introductory news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.
The Detroit Tigers' president of baseball operations Scott Harris speaks during his introductory news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.
Scott Harris during a news conference at Oracle Park Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in San Francisco. The Giants hired Scott Harris from the Chicago Cubs to become general manager, filling a void of more than a year after the club had gone without a GM during president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi's first season in the position.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Then-Giants general manager Scott Harris, right, speaks on a phone alongside manager Gabe Kapler after their baseball game against the San Diego Padres was postponed Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, in San Diego. The game was postponed minutes before the scheduled first pitch after someone in the Giants organization tested positive for COVID-19.
Scott Harris gestures during a news conference after his introduction as Giants general manager at Oracle Park Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in San Francisco.
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler is given a new cap from general manager Scott Harris, right, as president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, left, looks on during a news conference at Oracle Park Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in San Francisco.
Miami Marlins general manager Kim Ng, left, talks with San Francisco Giants general manager Scott Harris before a baseball game between the teams in San Francisco, Saturday, April 24, 2021.
Giants general manager Scott Harris smiles during a news conference after his introduction at Oracle Park Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in San Francisco. The Giants hired Harris from the Cubs to become general manager, filling a void of more than a year after the club had gone without a GM during president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi's first season in the position.
Tigers owner Christopher Illitch shakes the hand of Scott Harris during a news conference about Harris' new role as the Tigers' president of baseball operations at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris is interviewed after his introductory news conference Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit.
Third baseman Jeimer Candelario, infielder Harold Castro and utility player Willi Castro were non-tendered and officially became free agents at Friday's 8 p.m. tender deadline. Earlier this offseason, the Tigers cut ties with four arbitration-eligible players: right-hander Drew Hutchison, outfielder Victor Reyes, righty reliever Miguel Díaz and righty reliever Kyle Funkhouser.
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The Tigers, led by new president of baseball operations Scott Harris, started the offseason with 13 arbitration-eligible players. The Tigers' 40-man roster is currently at 38 players.
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Salaries for the 2023 season aren't locked in, but tendering contracts is the first step in the process. Arbitration-eligible players have until mid-January to negotiate salaries with their team. If the two sides can't agree, an arbitration hearing will be scheduled in February.
The Tigers already avoided arbitration with two players: Alexander (one year, $1.875 million) and Meadows (projected by MLB Trade Rumors to earn $4 million). Meadows' salary for next season is unclear, but he earned $4 million in 2022.
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To keep the four others, the Tigers likely will pay roughly $9 million. Soto is projected to earn $3.1 million; Jiménez $2.6; Cisnero $2.2 million; and García $1 million.
Players on the 40-man roster with less than six years of MLB service time must be tendered contracts each winter. For a player to be arbitration-eligible, he must have accrued three or more years of MLB service (or receive Super Two status).
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Meadows, 27, only played 36 games for the Tigers last season. The left-handed power hitter, an All-Star in 2019, failed to record a home run. The Tigers acquired him from the Tampa Bay Rays in April 2022, but he missed most of the season with vertigo, COVID-19 and bilateral Achilles strains before sitting out September for mental health reasons. He hit .250 with 16 walks and 17 strikeouts.
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In 2023, Meadows projects as a starter in the outfield. He is under team control through the 2024 season.
"I've talked to Austin a couple times and had really good meetings with him," Harris said Nov. 8 at the general manager meetings in Las Vegas. "I think there are some things we can do to help Austin. I know Austin is working really hard down in Florida right now. When he's right, he rakes. It's important for us to provide him the support to help him get back to the version that we've all seen." © Mitch Stringer, Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports Tigers pitcher Gregory Soto greeted by catcher Eric Haase after earning a save in the ninth inning of the Tigers' 3-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, in Baltimore.
Soto, who turns 28 in February, pitched 64 games for the Tigers and served as the closer for the entire season, earning 30 saves in 33 chances despite a miserable 2-11 record. He had a 3.28 ERA in 60⅓ innings with 5.1 walks per nine innings, 9.0 strikeouts per nine and an inflated 1.376 WHIP. He is under team control through the 2025 season.
Jiménez, who turns 28 in January, becomes a free agent after next season. In 2022, he logged a 3.49 ERA in 56⅔ innings over 62 appearances with career bests in strikeout rate (33.3%) and walk rate (5.6%). Unless the Tigers trade Jiménez this offseason, he will return to his role as a high-leverage reliever and could get an opportunity as the closer.
West Des Moines Valley 22, Dowling Catholic 21: Tigers comeback in 4th quarter in upset win
Dowling football led Valley in the Iowa state semifinal until the final 30 seconds, when Ayden Price and Xzavion Robinson put the Tigers on top.Valley beat Dowling, 22-21, and will play the defending state champions, Southeast Polk, in the title game on Friday.
Cisnero, 33, wasn't at his best in 2022. A shoulder injury in spring training (and a subsequent Achilles issue) held him out until late July. Upon his return, he logged a 1.08 ERA with 19 walks and 23 strikeouts in 25 innings across 28 outings. His fastball velocity eventually returned, but his command wasn't sharp during his three months in the big leagues. Cisnero, the oldest member of the Tigers' bullpen, becomes a free agent after the 2023 season.
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Alexander, 28, gives the Tigers versatility out of the bullpen. He started 32 of his 68 games over the past two seasons. In 2022, the left-hander posted a 4.81 ERA with 25 walks and 61 strikeouts in 101 innings over 27 games (17 starts). When he isn't in the rotation, he can pitch multiple innings in low-leverage situations. He is known for throwing strikes, but his 14.3% strikeout rate and 17.0% swing-and-miss rate were career-worst marks last season.
García, who turns 25 in December, limits walks and owns a dynamite curveball. Opponents hit .140 with three extra-base hits and 21 strikeouts against his curveball last season. His season, though, was cut short again because of an injury. He has pitched just 33 MLB games in the past three seasons. The former Rule 5 draft pick, who suffered back-to-back shoulder injuries in June and July, made his final appearance July 24. He had a 4.41 ERA with 13 walks and 48 strikeouts in 51 innings across 16 games (eight starts).
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Tigers' 40-man roster
Pitchers (20): Tyler Alexander, Beau Brieske, José Cisnero, Angel De Jesus, Alex Faedo, Jason Foley, Rony García, Garrett Hill, Joe Jiménez, Alex Lange, Matt Manning, Casey Mize, Eduardo Rodriguez, Tarik Skubal, Gregory Soto, Reese Olson, Spencer Turnbull, Will Vest, Joey Wentz, Brendan White.
Catchers (2): Eric Haase, Jake Rogers.
Infielders (10): Javier Báez, Miguel Cabrera, Kody Clemens, Andy Ibáñez, Ryan Kreidler, Andre Lipcius, Wenceel Perez, Jonathan Schoop, Zack Short, Spencer Torkelson.
Outfielders (6): Akil Baddoo, Kerry Carpenter, Riley Greene, Bligh Madris, Austin Meadows, Parker Meadows.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers tender contracts to six arbitration-eligible players for 2023 season
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