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Max Scherzer could be Tigers’ first arbitration hearing since 2002

Feb 1, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

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Detroit hasn’t gone through with an arbitration hearing since Dave Dombrowski took over as general manager in 2002, settling with every player during that time, but the streak may be in jeopardy.

Max Scherzer requested $7.4 million and the Tigers countered at $6.05 million, and Jason Beck of writes that “they continue to talk, but they still have a distance to gap, and they’re running out of time.”

Hearings begin next week, but plenty of deals are struck to avoid arbitration at the last minute and in fact there are some instances of agreements literally seconds before the two sides enter a hearing.

Scherzer made $3.75 million last season while throwing 188 innings with a 3.74 ERA and 231/60 K/BB ratio in his first year of arbitration eligibility.

  1. evan5 - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Surprise anyone that Max is a Boras client?

  2. historiophiliac - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Do it, DD!!!!! Keep rockin’ that heterochromia iridum!

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    That’s a big pay raise for the guy.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 1, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Look at his numbers for last year. He was 1 & 2 w/ Verlander in SO’s. He was on fire the second half of the season. We would not have made it as far as we did without him. Sanchez is getting, what? — $8mil? His record was stronger.

  4. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    max has all the leverage here, IMO. he’s better off standing pat and going to a hearing unless the tigers meet his demands.

  5. joerymi - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Tigers should offer 6.4, with an additional million if he is top 5 in Cy Young voting. Solved.

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