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Friday, January 17, 2014

Tigers sign Max Scherzer to one-year, $15.525 million deal to avoid arbitration

By on 1/17/2014 03:31:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has reported that the Detroit Tigers have reached an agreement with 2013 Cy Young-winner Max Scherzer on a one-year deal worth $15.525 million.

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Scherzer was up for arbitration and the roughly $15 million agreed upon by the team and Scherzer's agent is close to the projected figure he would have been awarded through the arbitration process.

The 29-year old Scherzer blew away the competition in 2013, en route to a Cy Young campaign. In addition to anchoring the Tigers' rotation all season long, Scherzer pitched to a 21-3 record with a 2.90 ERA, picking up 240 strikeouts in 214 1/3 innings pitched on the year.

With Scherzer set to hit free agency after the 2014 season, look for the Tigers to put forth a lot of effort in singing him to a long-term deal, something the team is said to be interested in - and with good reason, considering his emergence as one of the most reliable starting pitching options in the game.

Also, given the mammoth seven-year, $215 million deal the Los Angeles Dodgers handed to Clayton Kershaw this week, expect a potential long-term Scherzer deal to be somewhere around that ballpark, price-wise.

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  1. I remember when we freaked out about Dave Winfield, a star, getting $2 million a year. That's now a LOW salary for a marginal player..