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Tigers, Max Scherzer agree at $6.725 million

Feb 4, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

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The Tigers settled at the midpoint with arbitration-eligible right-hander Max Scherzer on Monday, agreeing to a one-year, $6.725 million contract.

Scherzer asked for $7.4 million in arbitration, while the Tigers proposed a $6.05 million salary. He had been Detroit’s only remaining arbitration case.

The 28-year-old Scherzer busted out in the second half of last season, going 8-2 with a 2.69 ERA to finish 16-7 with a 3.74 ERA and 231 strikeouts in 187 2/3 innings. Only Justin Verlander struck out more batters in the AL, and no qualified starter in either league had a higher strikeout rate (Stephen Strasburg would have, but he just missed the 162-IP mark). He also went 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in three postseason starts, fanning at least eight batters each outing.

Scherzer will be eligible for arbitration one more time next winter before hitting free agency following the 2014 campaign.

  1. elwaysmilehighdenver - Feb 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Tigers should have a dominant starting staff! Great to have Max signed.

  2. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 4, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    It just seems that all teams and players meet at the middle. So after they each give their figures just say meet you half way and done. No need to wait weeks or a month to discuss.

  3. historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:19 PM


    • historiophiliac - Feb 4, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      But I think they paid Sanchez too much and Max too little.

  4. Gamera the Brave - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    And Max Scherzer is a GREAT baseball player name!

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