Robertson, Tigers agree to 3 yr $21.25M deal

January 16, 2008 at 1:44 pm 9 comments

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Pitcher Nate Robertson and the Detroit Tigers avoided salary arbitration when they agreed Wednesday to a $21.25 million, three-year contract. Robertson was 9-13 with a 4.76 ERA in 30 starts with Detroit last season. He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2009 season.

“Nate has been a quality starter during his time with the Tigers,” Tigers president Dave Dombrowski said. “We are excited to sign Nate to a long-term contract, and we look forward to him being part of our rotation for years to come.”

Robertson gets $4.25 million this year, $7 million in 2009 and $10 million in 2010. His salary in the final season would increase to $11 million if he pitches 200 innings in 2009 or 400 innings combined in 2008 and 2009.

Acquired by the Tigers from the Florida Marlins in a five-player deal in January 2003, Robertson is 42-54 with a 4.53 ERA in 136 games with Detroit.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    Sounds like a deal that they will try to dump at the end of this season or the next.

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  • 2. Aaron Boynton  |  January 16, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    7 mil a year for this guy? What a stupid deal.

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  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 16, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    $4.25 for the first year isn’t bad. That’s why I think they will try to dump him next year.

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  • 4. erik  |  January 16, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Hmm I have a problem with this deal and the signing of Dontrelle Willis. I think the tigers are going to regret this deal and D-trains deal and they’ll try to find suckers on both.

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  • 5. Aaron Boynton  |  January 16, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Erik, That’s why I have a hard time crowning Detroit as the AL Central favorite even though they loaded up on offensive power. Weak overall pitching outside of Bonderman, Verlander, and….nobody.

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  • 6. Erik  |  January 17, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    I think Detroit and Cleveland are the only ones in contention for the AL Central crown. I think for 1yr deals detroit may do it based on their offense upgrades.

    But after this year they are in a world of hurt.

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  • 7. Chris  |  January 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Robertson is a bum. He cant even go 4+ IP on a given start and with their bullpen they need innings eaters. They have one pitcher they can count on, Verlander. 2008 will be a mirror image of 2007, great offense average defense with the burden resting on 2 quality starters and ‘AAA’ quality bullpen.

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  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  January 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Robertson also has gotten worse as the season goes on. You are right about him only lasting a few innings down the stretch and the bullpen needs his help badly.

    The offense is improved and the defense is better too.

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  • 9. Charlie Nehl  |  January 18, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Yeah, I dont think this is a good deal. The Tigers will have to dump him later.

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