Detroit — Two down, four to go.
The Tigers on Thursday signed James McCann to a one-year deal worth $2.375 million, thus avoiding arbitration with their starting catcher.
Last month they signed arbitration-eligible reliever Blaine Hardy to a one-year deal ($795,000). That leaves four players who could go to arbitration — shortstop Jose Iglesias, right fielder Nick Castellanos and relievers Shane Greene and Alex Wilson.
Friday is the deadline for both teams and players to submit salary numbers. According to estimates done annually by MLBTradeRumors.com, Iglesias could get awarded as much as $5.6 million, Castellanos $7.6 million, Greene $1.7 million and Wilson $2.1 million.
The Tigers historically have signed players ahead of arbitration.
McCann, 27, had his best offensive season last year, hitting .253 with a .415 slugging percentage and a .733 OPS. In the second half of the season, he hit .291, getting on base at a .345 clip with a .414 slugging percentage.
He produced a career-high in homers (13) and RBIs (49).
He finished sixth in the American League throwing out 18 base stealers. His 29.6 percent caught stealing percentage ranked eighth.
Earlier on Thursday, the Tigers claimed right-handed reliever Johnny Barbato off waivers from the Pirates.
Barbato, 25, pitched in 24 games for the Pirates last season (0-1, 4.08 with 23 strikeouts in 28.2 innings).
The Tigers 40-man roster is now full.