Tigers sign Bonderman, Spurling, and Pena

Detroit signed Jeremy Bonderman, Chris Spurling and Carlos Pena to one year deals, thus avoiding arbitration. Craig Monroe remains the lone arbitration eligible player not under contract.

The only mild suprise is that Bonderman re-upped for a single year instead of working out a long term contract.

I don’t have terms of the contracts, and will be away from the internet the bulk of the day. So if you hear the terms, please post them.

UPDATE: As mentioned in the comments, Bonderman got $2.3 million, Pena received $2.8 million, and Spurling signed for $725,000. Of the 3, Spurling’s offer is the closest to what I would have expected. My guess would have been the contracts for Pena and Bonderman would have been reversed.

I’m surprised to see Maroth and Bonderman getting the same salary next year, especially with Maroth getting $5.25 million guaranteed.

And I’m not sure how Carlos Pena played a horrible April and May, a coule months in the minors, and a spectacular 7 week finish to the season into a raise. I expected him to be back at the same amount as last year. I’m not bemoaning his contract by any means, I’m just surprised he got a raise.

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  1. Tucson Tiger

    January 17, 2006 at 6:50 pm

    I think there is no harm in inking BONDO for one year. Let’s see what he does in 2006 before thinking about long-term deals.

  2. Brett

    January 17, 2006 at 8:46 pm

    Bonderman got 2.3 million

    Pena got 2.8 million

    Spurling got 725,000

  3. Steve

    January 17, 2006 at 10:10 pm

    Bondo will get big bucks anyway, this may be a way to double check last years numbers and see what we can line up for the future based on progress.

    Pena needs to make progress off last year and show he can do all year long what he did at the end of the season.

    All things considered, Spurling is a good 700K pitcher that can give us a few options,


  4. Joey

    January 18, 2006 at 12:23 pm

    How is Pena earning more for a single season than Bonderman? 2.8 isn’t that much money in baseball these days, but in my oppinion, Pena isn’t worth a million. Maybe he’ll surprise me.

  5. Jeff K

    January 20, 2006 at 10:17 am

    How is Pena earning more for a single season than Bonderman?

    It’s pretty simple, really… Pena is in his 2nd year of arbitration eligibility (and his 1st year came after his .241-27-82 performance in ’04), and Bonderman is in his first.