Oct 18, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws a pitch against the New York Yankees in the first inning during game four of the 2012 ALCS at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Max Scherzer and Detroit Tigers Come To Agreement, Avoid Arbitration

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.

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 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.

Player Estimate Actual
Max Scherzer $7.50M $6.73M
Rick Porcello $4.70M $5.10M
Doug Fister $3.80M $4.00M
Austin Jackson $3.10M $3.50M
Alex Avila $2.50M $2.95M
Brennan Boesch $2.10M $2.30M
Phil Coke $1.70M $1.85M
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