Zumaya, Tigers avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

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DETROIT (AP) — Oft-injured reliever Joel Zumaya and the Detroit Tigers have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The team announced the deal on Wednesday.

Zumaya, a hard-throwing right-hander, was 3-3 with a 4.94 ERA and one save in 29 appearances last year. His season was cut short by shoulder problems.

A key member of the 2006 Tigers team that reached the World Series, Zumaya has been plagued by injuries during his career. He is 11-11 with a 3.15 ERA and four saves in four seasons with Detroit. He has pitched in 140 games, compiling 176 strikeouts in 171 1-3 innings.

Zumaya made $3,675,000 last year.

The Tigers have four players still eligible for arbitration: pitcher Justin Verlander, catcher Gerald Laird, right-hander Zach Miner and lefty Bobby Seay.