DETROIT -- The Tigers avoided arbitration with four players by agreeing to one-year contracts with outfielder Craig Monroe, left-handed starter Nate Robertson, righty reliever Fernando Rodney and utility infielder Omar Infante on Tuesday, one day before teams and players exchange salary figures.
Monroe hit .255 with 28 home runs and 92 RBIs in 147 games for the American League-champion Tigers in 2006. He tied for second among all AL outfielders with 12 assists.
Robertson compiled a 13-13 record and 3.84 ERA in 32 starts for Detroit during the 2006 season. He established career highs with 13 wins and 208 2/3 innings pitched.
Rodney, who agreed to a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the club, was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter after barely missing out on the service time required to qualify last offseason. He had battled injuries and inconsistency for much of his career, but found a late-inning role in Detroit's bullpen last year in his first full Major League season.
The Dominican native led Tigers pitchers with 63 appearances in the regular season, filling in for injured Todd Jones as closer for the first month and a half before settling in as a setup man. He went 7-4 with seven saves in 11 chances and posted a 3.52 ERA, allowing just 51 hits over 71 2/3 innings. His .196 batting average against ranked sixth-lowest among American League relievers with at least 54 innings pitched. He made $385,000 last year.
Infante saw action in 78 games with the Tigers in 2006, batting .277 with 11 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 25 RBIs.
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