Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – The Detroit Tigers reached a one-year, $15.525 million deal with 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, consequently avoiding arbitration next month.
It is the largest arbitration settlement for a player on a one-year deal in team history, passing Miguel Cabrera’s $11.3 million settlement in 2008.
Both the right-handed Scherzer and the Tigers have expressed interest in a long-term contract, but the team’s immediate concern was to avoid an arbitration hearing.
The Tigers haven’t gone to a hearing with a player since Dave Dombrowski took over as team president and general manager in 2002.
Scherzer, 29, came close to breaking that streak last year, agreeing to terms on a $6.725 million salary for 2013 just before a scheduled hearing in February. He was expected to at least double that coming off a breakout year that included a Major League-best 21-3 record, 2.90 ERA, 214 1/3 innings pitched and 240 strikeouts.
The Tigers have the coming weeks as well as Spring Training to seal a deal that will keep Scherzer off next winter’s free-agent market.
Ther team also made one-year deals with right-hander Rick Porcello, reliever Al Alburquerque and outfielders Andy Dirks and Austin Jackson.
The team announced the agreements Friday afternoon. Porcello will make $8.5 million. Alburquerque will make $837,500. Dirks and Jackson will make $1.625 million and $6 million, respectively.
The five agreements add just over $16 million to the Tigers’ payroll with Alex Avila still remaining as Detroit’s arbitration case.