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Tigers avoid arbitration with Blaine Hardy

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The Tigers avoided arbitration with reliever Blaine Hardy and signed the left-hander to a one-year deal, per a team announcement on Saturday. This is Hardy’s first year of arbitration eligibility. The exact terms of the deal have yet to be publicized.

The 30-year-old lefty completed his fourth campaign with the Tigers in 2017, supplementing a career-worst 5.94 ERA and -0.2 fWAR with a 3.5 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 through 33 1/3 innings. Despite his struggles at the major league level, he managed to turn things around in Triple-A Toledo, where a 3.10 ERA and low walk and home run rates skewed more toward the respectable career averages the Tigers are accustomed to seeing from him.

Hardy wasn’t the only one to cut a deal with the Tigers this weekend. Right-handers Kevin Comer and Mark Montgomery are also set to join the club on minor league contracts in 2018, as are outfielder/first baseman Chad Huffman and outfielder/second baseman Niko Goodrum.

Twins sign Fernando Rodney

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Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Twins have signed Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Rodney, who will turn 41 before he season begins, went 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA and converted 39 of 45 save chances last season with the Diamondbacks. For his career he’s sitting on an even 300 saves over the course of 15 big league seasons in which he’s played for eight different teams, four of which lasted a single season or less.

The Twins make number nine.