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MAR 26, 6:04p ET | DANA WAKIJI
StatsLLC: Jan 25 / 12:00a ET
News: Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year contract. The Tigers announced the deal Sunday. The right-handed reliever was the last Tigers player left in salary arbitration.
Impact: The 28-year-old Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games last year for the AL Central champions. He made $837,500 last season and asked for $2.05 million this year, with the Tigers offered $1,375,000.
Rotowire: Jan 24 / 4:13p ET
News: Alburquerque agreed to a one-year, $1.725 million contract with the Tigers on Saturday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Impact: Alburquerque cut his walk rate nearly in half last season (from 6.2 BB/9 to 3.3 BB/9), though the reduction came at the expense of his strikeout rate (9.9 K/9). While the right-hander finished with a 2.51 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 57.1 innings, his career-worst 3.78 FIP suggests he overachieved in his fourth major league season. Regardless, Alburquerque will receive a nice raise in his second year of arbitration, and should open the year as one of the Tigers' top right-handed setup men.