The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year deal with Shane Greene, avoiding arbitration with their 30-year-old closer.
Greene will earn $4 million in 2019.
Friday is the deadline for teams to exchange salary figures, meaning there could be a flurry of signings still to come today.
The Tigers have five arbitration-eligible players unsigned for 2019: outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and pitchers Michael Fulmer, Matthew Boyd, Daniel Norris and Blaine Hardy.
MLB Trade Rumors had projected Greene’s value at $4.8 million, although he’s coming off a shaky year in which he posted a 5.12 ERA in 63 1/3 innings. He struck out 65, walked 19 and earned 32 saves. Home runs were his biggest issue. He allowed 12 in 2018 after surrendering just nine over 128 innings in the previous two seasons.
Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire has said Greene will be the Tigers’ closer in 2019. Ideally, the Tigers would love to see Greene get off to a hot start so he can be flipped before the trade deadline. Joe Jimenez, the Tigers’ lone All-Star in 2018, would probably be next in line for the closer’s job if Greene departed.