Tigers Avoid Arbitration With Joel Zumaya

THURSDAY, 11:34am: Beck says Zumaya will be paid $915K in 2010, a $175K raise.  There's also a $20K bonus for 35 games.

WEDNESDAY, 4:31pm: The Tigers avoided arbitration with reliever Joel Zumaya by signing him to a one-year deal, tweets MLB.com's Jason Beck.  Zumaya earned $735K in '09, his first arbitration year.  The 25-year-old posted a 4.94 ERA, 8.7 K/9, and 6.4 BB/9 in 31 innings.  He was limited by a shoulder injury all year, and had arthroscopic surgery in August.  Zumaya is the favorite to close for the Tigers in 2010, unless they bring in someone like Jose Valverde.

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