According to Detroit Tigers’ media relations director Brian Britten, the Detroit Tigers and starting pitcher Max Scherzer have come to an agreement on a one-year deal that will prevent an arbitration hearing from taking place.
Tigers have agreed to terms on a contract for the 2013 season with Max Scherzer, avoiding arbitration with him. #tigers
— Brian Britten (@BBritten_Tigers) February 4, 2013
The Tigers had previously come to terms with their other six arbitration eligible players before even exchanging salary figures. Scherzer remained unsigned with the deadline to exchange figures arrived, and we learned that Max was looking for $7.4 million. The Tigers countered with an offer of $6.05 million. Jon Heyman is reporting that the two sides agreed on a salary smack dab in the middle.
scherzer’s agreement at $6.725M was the midpoint between his $7.4M request and tigers $6.05M bid
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 4, 2013
Scherzer is the only player of the Tigers’ seven arbitration players that will make less than was estimated by MLB Trade Rumors at the beginning of the offseason. Altogether though, the Tigers will pay just over $1 million more than was estimated for these players.