Don Kelly, Tigers agree to one-year, $1 million contract

Don Kelly, Tigers agree to one-year, $1 million contract

Zach Libby

Detroit Tigers’ utility man Don Kelly has avoided arbitration and has resigned with the Tigers through next season for $1 million, according to Tigers beat reporter, Jason Beck of

The deal was confirmed by Kelly himself via text message Monday afternoon. Detroit also confirmed the news via a press release, per’s Chris Lott.

In 112 games played with the Tigers last season, Kelly batted .222 with 6 HR and 23 RBI. He failed to reach.700 OPS for the sixth time in six seasons of his career with a .652 OPS in 2013.

“It’s a great team with passionate fans and I’m looking forward to being a part of that in 2014,” Kelly said via text message.


The Tigers have nine players from the current roster that are eligible for arbitration.  The list includes Max Scherzer, Phil Coke,Doug Fister, Rick Porcello, Austin Jackson, Kelly, Alex Avila, Andy Dirks and Al Alburquerque. Kelly and Coke have already signed with the team. Coke has also agreed to a one-year contract.

Detroit has until midnight Monday night to offer the players who are eligible for arbitration a contract offer, or else they will become free agents.