Over the past three seasons, Austin Jackson has led the American league in Defensive Runs Saved with 47. He ranks fifth in the American League in runs scored, ninth in plate appearances, 13th in hits, 13th in stolen bases, and twelfth in Wins Above Replacement (12.4). And he has earned a salary that is at or near the major league minimum.

That is about to change. The salary part. That's because Jackson is eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career this winter, and he stands to get a nice raise for the 2013 season.

Since coming to the Tigers in the trade that sent Curtis Granderson to New York after the 2009 season, Jackson has been all that the Tigers could have hoped for, and more. With the exception of a couple of weeks spent on the disabled list early in the 2012 season, he has played almost every game in center field for the past three seasons. He has been the catalyst in the Tiger offense since his arrival.