Montero has been in the limelight the last two years, but mostly for the wrong reasons. He was suspended for 50 games in 2013 for his ties to the the Biogenesis case. He then drew criticism from Zduriencik for showing up to spring training in 2014 out of shape. Finally, he missed the final month of the 2014 season following an altercation with a Mariners scout during a minor-league game.
Alas, the once-elite prospect seems to be turning the corner, as he is working out daily with Mariners strength and conditioning coach James Clifford.
"We should tip his hat to what he's done," Zduriencik said. "He's worked extremely hard. He's worked a lot of days to the point of absolute exhaustion. It was designed that way, to try to get him in a position where he went above and beyond anything he's ever done before. I think that goal has been accomplished. Everything they've told me about how he's approached this has been extremely positive."
Feliz registered a 1.99 ERA over 31 2/3 innings. Moreland's 2014 campaign was cut short by an ankle injury. He hit .246/.297/.347 in 167 at-bats.
Moreland is coming off ligament reconstruction and bone realignment surgery on his left ankle in late June.
Ogando missed the second half of the season due to elbow issues, but was cleared for action recently. Despite that, he will not pitch in winter ball. Ogando is entering his second year of arbitration.
Moreland's season was cut short by an ankle injury. He hit just .246/.297/.347 in 167 at-bats.
Feliz is the least surprising name on the list. The 26-year-old came back from arm issues, and managed to post a 1.99 ERA over 31 2/3 innings.
Butler, 28, reportedly will receive a $5 million signing bonus.
Martinez reportedly pulled general manager Dave Dombrowski aside late in the season to express his desire to remain a Tiger. Dombrowski confirmed the two sides had the conversation, but said he wanted to wait and see how the season concluded before negotiating a deal.
Owner Mike Ilitch also felt strongly about retaining Martinez. Ilitch told Martinez, "Victor, you had a fantastic year. You displayed great sportsmanship, you never seem to lose your cool and I'm going to take care of you next year."
Martinez brushed off questions about how many other teams attempted to sign him during his press conference. He said he was "just happy to finish my career here in Detroit."