Tigers ink Zimmermann to five-year deal

Al Avila’s first offseason as Tigers general manager featured baseball’s first major signing off the deep free-agent starting-pitching market. Detroit announced Monday that it inked right-handed starter Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year contract and introduced him at an afternoon news conference.

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Zimm a great fit for Tigers' plans

In a free-agent market where the vast majority of clubs seek arms, the Tigers have landed a pitcher who is no worse than the third-best available starter. And Al Avila’s move to bring on Jordan Zimmermann was good work done quickly.

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