The deal is for $1.1 million in base salary and includes performance bonuses.
Alburquerque, 29, was not tendered a contract by the
He had a career record of 17-6 with a 3.20 ERA in five seasons with the Tigers and lifetime per-nine-innings rates of 11.0 strikeouts and 5.0 walks, the latter figure high for any pitcher, starter or reliever. His career swing-and-miss rate of 14.1% is strong.
The average velocity of Alburquerque's fastball has also declined steadily, but not precipitously, throughout his career, from a high of 95.4 mph as a rookie in 2011 to a low of 93.1 mph last season, according to Fangraphs. That may have contributed to a drop in his strikeout rate to 8.4 per nine innings in 2015.
Alburquerque will provide depth to a bullpen that lost hard-throwing seventh-inning man Trevor Gott, who was traded to Washington for third baseman
He is expected to join right-handers