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Tigers, Don Kelly avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Dec 2, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

Don Kelly AP

Jim Leyland is no longer managing the Tigers, but his favorite player will be staying in Detroit for another year.

Don Kelly and the Tigers have avoided arbitration (and a possible non-tendering) with a one-year, $1 million deal, according to Jason Beck of

Kelly hit .222 with a .652 OPS, failing to reach a .700 OPS for the sixth time in six seasons as a big leaguer, yet found his way into the starting lineup 52 times at age 33. Presumably new manager Brad Ausmus won’t have quite the same infatuation with Kelly as Leyland did, although who knows exactly how manager/utility man love blossoms.

You love who you love, you know?

  1. phillysports1 - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    In my country when a guy can’t hit , we say ” si la defensa esta buena , el puede entrar Los ultimos innings para segurar el juego”

    • lisaggamino - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:26 PM

      my friend’s step-aunt makes 82 usd an hour on the laptop. She has been out of work for six months but last month her paycheck was 20264 usd just working on the laptop for a few hours. go to website.//-…

  2. dluxxx - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Historio is going to be so happy about this…

  3. historiophiliac - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM


    Gah. M%$*%(^&(*&)(*_)&*^*&^%$&$^&*&^*&)_(_)HG*&^%*&^$*TY()*&!!!!!!!!!!

    • dluxxx - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      See? I told you so. Look at all those exclamation points. That’s gotta be pure bliss…

    • frank433 - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      First Donnie Baseball, then reports are Dog Fister is traded to Washington. Better hide the exclamation points.

  4. pwshrugged - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Fine with it. Guy can play any position on the diamond, although his emergency catcher skills aren’t as important with the Tigers typically carrying two catchers and V-Mart. At any rate, he adds multi-positional depth in a year where the Tigers aren’t going to be spending much in that regard.

    Come to think of it, I could definitely see Kelly coaching down the road someday.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Perhaps you missed the post earlier today about how much our bench hurt us last season.

      • pwshrugged - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        Kelly wasn’t the worst part of the Tigers’ bench, though… and I’d argue that his ability to play anywhere on the diamond is part of why his salary is more than the average depth infielder or outfielder.

        Still, won’t lie, I’m shocked he’s going to outlast Leyland with us.

  5. papacrick - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Classy guy and jack of all trades. He may not be able to hit but he can field every position on the diamond and can even pitch in a blowout. Baseball is not just hitting and there’s value in a guy like that who allows tons of flexibility on a roster in a long baseball season, hence the 6 seasons he’s spent in the big leagues. Quit sounding like a jealous, condescending tool. He’s not batting cleanup behind Cabrera or starting anywhere except in an emergency situation.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Also see response above.

  6. maikoch - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:44 PM


  7. spudchukar - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Well, the Tigers all but cinched the 2014 WS with the Kelly signing. All contenders might as well mail in the next campaign.

    Somebody better check on Histo, the news might be too much for her.

  8. dtigergirl - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I’m sure he is a lovely individual but I had so hoped with leyland gone we had seen the last of him. He may not be the worst player around but after watching Leyland put him in for someone who had been hitting the ball to many times to count the past couple years, I puke a little in my mouth every time I hear his name. Off to gargle now.

  9. weaselpuppy - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Look, he’s pretty much what a 25th man is supposed to be.

    The fact that Ramon Santiago was the 25th man non-withstanding…..and he’s really what a 26th man should be, if you know what I mean…

    He’s a lefty, he plays 3 spots really quite well and a few others as a stopgap. He can still run. He’s cheap. The club is top heavy on payroll

    Perfect fit. Just keep him down to 150 PA or less. Jimmy would give him 250-280 and his lack of hitting hurt the club.

    In a perfect world, Dirks soaks up a lot of his PA as the 4th OF after they sign a LF and Kelly is mainly a DR at 3b for Castellanos as the Victory Cigar.

    • dtigergirl - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      I agree, he just seen way more playing time than was necessary, and 75% of the time it was the wrong time. I hope the new skipper doesn’t love him as much as the old.

  10. thepittsburghkid - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    He’s a Pittsburgher, he’s worth it.

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