Earlier this offseason, the Tigers gave a three-year contract extension to Dontrelle Willis, who had just been acquired from the Florida Marlins in the blockbuster eight-player deal that came to fruition back in December.
That left Nate Robertson as the only member of the Tigers' rotation unsigned, which the Tigers changed on Wednesday, when they signed Robertson to a three-year extension worth a reported $21.25 million. Robertson, who had two years remaining before free agency, will now be signed through 2010. For '08, Robertson will make $4.25 million.
The deal also helps avoid an arbitration hearing with Robertson, a process general manager Dave Dombrowski has worked to avoid with all of his arbitration-eligible players.
The 30-year old Robertson went 9-13 with a 4.76 ERA in 2007.
Double-A to Remain in Erie: The Tigers also announced that the Erie SeaWolves would remain their Double-A affiliate through the 2010 season, signing a three year extension with Erie.
And in turn, the SeaWolves extended their lease with the Erie County Convention Center Authority through 2010.
“We are very pleased to make this announcement today. It really shows a great commitment to a great community by all parties involved,” SeaWolves General Manager John Frey said, “The Tigers have been a big part of the success of the SeaWolves for the past seven seasons and we look forward to continuing that relationship. A big part of the thanks also goes to Casey Wells and the entire ECCCA for their continued improvements to the ballpark and commitment to the club.”