Tigers, Casey Mize avoid arbitration
The Tigers and right-handers have avoided arbitration with right-handers Casey Mizfor every Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The righty will make $840,000 this year and there is a $3.1 million club option for 2025. Even if that option is declined, he will remain under the club’s control via arbitration. It will be an $830,000 salary and a $10,000 buyout on the option, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. The Tigers have now announced those details.
Mize, 27, spent all of 2023 on the injured list after undergoing Tommy John surgery and back surgery in the summer of 2022. Players on the major league injured list continue to accrue service time, so Mize was able to qualify for arbitration. This is off season. Since he missed so much time, MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz expects Mize to get a modest raise of $1.2 million, not far from the $740,000 minimum salary next campaign.
The arbitration submission deadline was last week, and passed without an agreement being reached between Miz and Tigers, with an absurdly small gap between the two sides. The right provided $840,000 and the club $815,000. Clubs and players are allowed to continue negotiating and reaching a settlement after filing, but many clubs apply a “file and go to trial” strategy. This means that for negotiation purposes, they will not talk to players after the application deadline except for a multi-year agreement.
The Tigers are one of the ‘file and try’ clubs but have found themselves in a bit of a pickle after last week’s deadline. Going to a hearing for more than $25,000 is a bad look for public relations purposes and is likely a significant waste of resources, when taking into account the time required for staff to prepare for the hearing. But they also probably didn’t have much interest in signing Mayes long-term because of his struggles, both in terms of results and health. In the end, they were able to get out of the bind by agreeing to this option structure, which brings Mize’s guarantee up to his deposit number without committing the Tigers to any real future dollars.
The 2024 season could be an important one for Mezzi. A former first overall pick, he has had average results so far in his big league career. He threw 188 2/3 innings with a 4.29 earned run average, 18.7% strikeout rate, 7.1% walk rate, and 45.8% ground ball rate. After pitching just 10 innings in 2022 and none at all last year, he may face workload limitations.
The club signed Kenta Maeda And Jack Flaherty This winter to join the rotation mix that should be up front Scobal withdrawal It also includes Matt Manning, Reese Olson, Sawyer Gibson Long, Wilmer Flores And others. Mize has a full list of options if he is unable to secure a rotation job and/or the club wants to monitor his workload. He could be arbitrated two more times before becoming a free agent after 2026, though optional assignments could affect that path.
22 players were scheduled to go to hearings, but this deal reduces that number to 21.