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The two sides are just $600 Ryan Zimmerman Jersey ,000 apart in their salary negotiations."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers NewsTigers, Michael Fulmer may be headed to an arbitration hearing because the team is being cheapNew,64commentsThe two sides are just $600,000 apart in their salary negotiations.ESTShareTweetShareShareTigers, Michael Fulmer may be headed to an arbitration hearing because the team is being cheapKen Blaze-USA TODAY SportsThe Detroit Tigers have not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since Dave Dombrowski first came to town as the team’s new president (and eventual general manager) in 2002. While we can’t say for certain, it’s probably safe to call this the longest streak in Major League Baseball.And it may be at jeopardy in 2019. Michael Fulmer and the Tigers are still $600,000 apart in their negotiations for his salary for the upcoming season. According to Bob Nightengale of the USA Today, Fulmer filed for a $3.4 million salary, while the Tigers filed at $2.8 million. Matt Swartz of MLB Trade Rumors projected Fulmer to receive a $3 million salary in 2019.If this sounds like the team is being cheap, that’s because they are. The Tigers have historically paid their arbitration eligible players at or slightly above Swartz’s projections, and have thus avoided arbitration hearings for the past 17 years. There have been close calls before — and Fulmer and the Tigers can still work out a deal in the meantime — but even going past the filing deadline with a player is uncommon for Detroit.This year is different, though. Even before the team agreed to terms with five of their six arbitration eligible players, including Matthew Boyd and Nicholas Castellanos , those connected to the team suspected that the Tigers’ streak of avoiding arbitration hearings could come to an end this year.We have already seen the differences between Westhoff and the new regime in practice. Each of the five players the Tigers already settled with will earn less than the amount they were projected to receive, a rarity in previous years. Castellanos’s salary, in particular, came in more than $1 million lower than originally forecasted.So why is this so important? Arbitration hearings can get rather personal, as the club often has to openly disparage their own player in order to argue for a lower salary for the upcoming season. We have seen several instances of players on other teams getting upset over what was said. New York’s Dellin Betances was one of the more recent examples.Personally, I would hate to see similar comments from Fulmer after an arbitration hearing, especially since the two sides are so close in their negotiations.Again, there is time for the two to come to an agreement. The Tigers have gone right up to the last minute in a few cases in previous years, so it’s not time to hit the panic button. But the optics aren’t great right now, and we would hate to see the Tigers anger one of their stars over a fraction of their 2019 payroll. NEW YORK (AP) — Jed Lowrie would rather talk about wine than whine.The infielder visited Citi Field on Wednesday after finalizing a $20 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets, likely less money and a shorter term than he would have gotten before the free-agent market for solid-but-less-than-stellar veterans buckled a year ago.“I think that argument could be made,” he said. “But you deal in reality Bryce Harper Jersey , and so I’m excited to be a Met.”A switch-hitter who turns 35 in April, Lowrie and is coming off his first All-Star appearance. In his 11th major league season, Lowrie set career highs last year for Oakland with 23 homers, 99 RBIs, 78 walks and 128 strikeouts, hitting .267.“He’s a big wine connoisseur. He gets better with age like many of the wines that he collects,” said new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, Lowrie’s former agent.Lowrie, wife Milessa, daughter Saige and son Miles likely will live in New York City, possibly in Brooklyn. They have homes in Houston and his hometown of Salem, Oregon, where he keeps his wine collection of several hundred bottles.“Mostly reds. I’ve got California. I’ve got a lot of good Oregon pinot noir Stephen Strasburg Jersey ,” he said. “Got some whites for my wife. Not a lot — some French.”Lowrie spent the last three years as a second baseman but played all around the infield before that. Van Wagenen plans for him to back up 36-year-old second baseman Robinson Cano, 23-year-old shortstop Amed Rosario and third baseman Todd Frazier, who turns 33 next month. Rookie Peter Alonso, Frazier, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith are possibilities at first.“We have a veteran club and we want to make sure that we’re not overtaxing the players that we have,” Van Wagenen said. “We don’t want to feel like anybody has the need to play 162 games, but if we can manage the workload to get the maximum performance out of each guy, there’s more than enough playing to play time to go around.”Lowrie likely will hit second in the order behind right fielder Brandon Nimmo and ahead of Cano.“He’s going to be in our lineup virtually every day,” Van Wagenen said. “We’ve talked a lot about this offseason of making sure that we are covered in the event that the inevitable adversity happens to our club.”Lowrie will wear No. 4 with the Mets — he was No. 8 on the Athletics, but the Mets have not given out that number since 2001 and seem likely to retire it in honor of Gary Carter.In signing with New York, Lowrie said he is willing to move around the infield.“If you look at look at a lot of teams that have had recent success, they’re very deep, and I think that’s what it takes to win at the major league level at this point ,” he said.Van Wagenen has been reshaping the Mets roster, acquiring Cano, closer Edwin Diaz and catcher Wilson Ramos and reacquiring reliever Jeurys Familia. Jeff McNeil will see time in the outfield, and Keon Broxton was obtained to back up Juan Lagares in center.While making these moves, Van Wagenen reads his Twitter feed “every day throughout the day” and is aware Mets fans are clamoring for a big-name acquisition such as Bryce Harper or Manny Machado.“I’m really happy that this fan base is not apathetic, and some of their ideas make more sense than others,” Van Wagenen said. “But they’re all interesting content, for sure.”He thinks the Mets are in position to win the NL East and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.“I think that we’re a good team. I think that we’re a complete team. I think that we’re a balanced team,” Van Wagenen said. “We’ve got veterans. We’ve got youth. We’ve got a hunger and a desire to win. And I look forward to showing people that that we’re a team to be reckoned with.”