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Tigers, Max Scherzer avoid arbitration for $15 million

Jan 17, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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What does a 29-year-old pitcher coming off a Cy Young-winning season get in his final year of arbitration eligibility? Well, in Max Scherzer‘s case Jon Heyman of reports that he’s avoided arbitration with the Tigers for $15.525 million.

That’s a huge jump from the $6.725 million Scherzer made last season, when he won an AL-best 21 games while throwing 214 innings with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts.

There’s been a ton of speculation about the Tigers possibly trading Scherzer before he can leave as a free agent next offseason and certainly a $15.525 million price tag for his final team-controlled season shows why Detroit may have trouble keeping him (and agent Scott Boras) off the open market.

  1. historiophiliac - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    His Heterochromianess, y’all!

    I see no Twitter or FB noise from either party on this yet. I’m happy they gave Max a good bump and hope they cough up more to keep him. If they trade him away, well…my boycott may have to become permanent. 😦

    Yea, Max!

    • historiophiliac - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Update: Tigers issued a blanket announcement that they had reached agreements with A-Jax, Dirks, Max, Porcello & Alburquerque. That’s kinda bland. Although it did come with a pic of Max. His grumpy wind-up face. I love that one.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Nice haul. By comparison, David Price only got $14 million. Of course, Price still has 1 more year of arbitration left.

  3. scatterbrian - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    So in their final years of arbitration, Max Scherzer got $15.525 million and Jim Johnson got $10 million.

    Over the last two season, Scherzer has pitched 401 innings, one more than Johnson has pitched in his career.

    Arbitration is just awful.

    • NYTolstoy - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      If awful you mean Johnson got paid to much then I agree.

      But if by awful you mean Shermer got to little then I disagree. much should he have gotten? 20 million? Geez

      • scatterbrian - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        By awful I mean Johnson and closers get paid too much, and that the arbitration process overvalues saves.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 17, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      What the hell does innings pitched have to do with anything? Seriously you are comparing a closer to a starting pitcher and using innings pitched to do so? By your formula, Adam Wainwright should be the highest paid player in baseball.

      Yes, Jim Johnson is getting paid too much money. So is half of baseball. But please don’t compare JJ with Scherzer.

      • scatterbrian - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:33 PM

        Innings pitched = 3 outs recorded, but however you want to view it, starting pitchers in general bring more value to a team than relief pitchers do. Scherzer is an elite starting pitcher, and elite starters bring a hell of a lot more value to even the most elite relief pitchers do.And Jim Johnson is not even an elite relief pitcher. He’s currently only the third or fourth best relief pitcher on his own team.

      • scatterbrian - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:40 PM

        I also personally don’t like saves, and don’t think relief pitchers should be getting evaluated by saves in arbitration. I don’t subscribe to the “proven closer” mentality. About a third of Opening Day closers lose their jobs during the season, often replaced by guys with little to no closer experience. Essentially, some guys don’t get the opportunity to prove they can close until some “proven closer” fails ahead of them.

  4. dawgpoundmember - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Al Al will be getting $837,500
    Jackson $6 million
    Porcello $8.5 million
    Dirks $1.625
    from James Schmehl of

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