The Detroit Tigers agreed on a $10.6-million, three-year contract with Tony Phillips, avoiding salary arbitration with their leadoff hitter.
Since joining Detroit as a free agent from Oakland after the 1989 season, Phillips, 33, has started at second base, third base, shortstop, designated hitter and all three outfield positions, ranking near the top of most offensive categories.
Hitting in front of a lineup that included Cecil Fielder, Mickey Tettleton, Travis Fryman and Rob Deer, Phillips led the major leagues in runs last season with 114.
He was third among Tigers with a .276 average, second with 606 at-bats and a personal-best 167 hits and tied for fifth with 64 runs batted in. He hit 10 home runs, down from 17 in 1991, which was the best in his career.