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Tigers, Don Kelly avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Don Kelly

Detroit Tigers’ Don Kelly (32) celebrates with Omar Infante after scoring the winning run on a Alex Avila ground out to first base against the Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. Detroit won 5-4. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


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?

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