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Tigers, Michael Fulmer agree on one-year, $2.8 million contract

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MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports that the Tigers and starter Michael Fulmer have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.8 million for the 2020 season. It was Fulmer’s second of four years of arbitration eligibility.

Fulmer, 26, sat out the 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He won’t start this upcoming season on time, but he is expected to make his return prior to the All-Star break.

Across parts of three seasons in the majors, Fulmer holds a 3.81 career ERA with 356 strikeouts and 128 walks over 456 innings of work.

Jimmy Nelson to undergo back surgery

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Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times reports that Dodgers pitcher Jimmy Nelson will undergo lumbar surgery on his lower back on Tuesday.

Nelson, 31, signed with the Dodgers on an incentive-laden one-year, $1.25 million contract with a vesting 2021 option back in January. With incentives, Nelson could have pushed his 2021 option from $2 million to $9 million. The Dodgers can instead buy him out of his contract for $500,000.

At the beginning of spring training in February, Nelson was battling groin and lower back issues and ultimately exited a late-February bullpen session due to back issues, ending his chance to win a spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.

Nelson missed the entire 2018 season due to a shoulder injury and briefly pitched for the Brewers last season. Across 22 innings, the right-hander allowed 17 earned runs on 25 hits and 17 walks with 26 strikeouts.

David Price recently opted out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the Dodgers’ rotation appears to include Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Julio Urías, Alex Wood, and one of Ross Stripling, Dustin May, and Tony Gonsolin.