Tigers avoided arbitration with OF Austin Jackson by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
He receives a nice bump in salary as a first-time arbitration-eligible player. It's a well-deserved raise, as Jackson bounce back with a big 2012, batting .300/.377/.479 with 16 home runs while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense in center field.
Tigers avoided arbitration with RHP Doug Fister by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million contract.
It's a big raise for Fister, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time. The tall right-hander posted a 3.45 ERA in his first full season with the Tigers in 2012 after putting up a 2.83 mark the season before. He'll be a key cog in the Detroit rotation again in 2013.
Tigers avoided arbitration with C Alex Avila by agreeing to a one-year, $2.95 million contract.
Avila was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter. The backstop hit a disappointing .243/.352/.384 with nine homers in 2012 while dealing with knee issues. He could bounce back in 2013 if he stays healthy.