DETROIT (AP) _ Tigers pitcher Dave Mlicki, who had been eligible for salary arbitration, agreed Friday to a $15.5 million, three-year contract with the Detroit Tigers.

The 31-year-old right-hander, who went 14-12 last season with a 4.60 ERA, gets a $1.5 million signing bonus, $4 million next season, $4.8 million in 2001 and $5.2 million in 2002. If he gets traded, his salary increases by $500,000 per season.

The signing of Mlicki, who made $2.25 million this year, leaves five Tigers eligible for arbitration, including shortstop Deivi Cruz, outfielder Karim Garcia and left-handed pitcher C.J. Nitkowski.

Right-handed pitcher Danny Patterson and catcher Gregg Zaun, who were picked up Nov. 2 when Juan Gonzalez was traded to the Texas Rangers, also are eligible for arbitration.

In another move, the Tigers signed pitcher Nelson Cruz to a one-year deal that will pay the right-hander $250,000 if he pitches in the major leagues next season and $127,500 if he pitches in the minors.