Outfielder J.D. Martinez told Chris Iott of MLive.com that he and the team are discussing a long-term extension.
"It's definitely something we're still talking about," Martinez said. "It's something I think both sides are still interested in. We haven't come to something where we both feel comfortable yet."
"I would love to be a Tiger for life."
Martinez, 28, would not become a free agent until after the 2017 season. He is arbitration eligible this winter. The Tigers and Martinez filed for the process last week, with Detroit filing at $6 million and Martinez filing at $8 million.
The Tigers are not a file and trial team, so an agreement between the two sides for 2016 could come before a hearing in February. A long-term agreement could also come during that time.
Martinez established himself as a cornerstone in the Tigers' lineup this past season, hitting .282/.344/.535 with 38 home runs and 102 RBIs in 657 plate appearances. He was named to the American League All-Star team and was worth 5.0 fWAR.
A former 20th round pick by the Astros, Martinez was never thought of a big league star until 2014. Houston actually released the outfielder after three below-average offensive seasons with the club. When picked up by the Tigers, though, Martinez shined.
As for details on a possible extension between the two sides, Martinez could look at Alex Gordon's and Adam Jones' past extensions, each coming while those players were between four- and five-years of service times.
Gordon signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Royals ($12.5 million per year) and Jones signed a six-year, $85.5 million deal with the Orioles ($14.25 million per year). The total guarantee of a future Martinez contract will go up the more free agent years he decides to surrender.