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Max Scherzer, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers for $15,525,000, avoiding arbitration with free agency still looming less than a year away.
Scherzer could have an even bigger payday coming soon — one way or another. He is eligible to go on the market after the season, although the Tigers would love to avoid that by signing him to a long-term contract.
General manager Dave Dombrowski said Friday this one-year agreement doesn’t necessarily mean the Tigers are any less likely to sign Scherzer to a lengthier deal before opening day. Teams faced a Friday deadline to exchange figures with arbitration-eligible players.
Scherzer, 29, went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts last season. He made $6,725,000.