Robertson, Tigers Reach Deal

Nate Robertson and the Detroit Tigers avoided salary arbitration Wednesday, settling on a $21.25 million, three-year contract.

The 30-year-old lefty, who has helped the Tigers become serious contenders over the last few years, was 9-13 with a 4.76 ERA in 30 starts last season. His best year came in 2006, when he went 13-13 with a 3.84 ERA, aiding in Detroit's trip to their first World Series since 1984.

Robertson is pretty pumped about the new deal, considering he and his wife, who live in the Detroit area during the offseason, are expecting their first child.

"The timing has been perfect," he said.
Motown's established rotation already includes youngsters Justin Verlander and Jeremy Bonderman, veteran Kenny Rogers, and new-comer Dontrelle Willis, who was acquired along with third baseman Miguel Cabrera by way of trade with the Florida Marlins this winter.

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Wendy said...

I love me some Nate. He had a pretty good year in 2005 as well, but suffered thanks to a total lack of run support. Last year was a wash, but I like to think his dead arm was a fluke brought on by the 2006 post season run. I expect him to return to form this season.....

And last I knew, he was the only Tiger who lives in Michigan during the off-season.