The Detroit Tigers and starting pitcher Max Scherzer have agreed on a one year contract, avoiding arbitration.
Scherzer had asked for $7.4 million, the Tigers countered with $6.05 million. The contract amount has yet to be announced by the team, but CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports the deal is near the mid-point, at $6.725 million. Scherzer made $3.75 million in 2012.
The 28 year old Scherzer is coming off the best season of his career, posting a 16-7 record and 3.74 ERA in 187.2 innings. Post All-Star break, Scherzer was spectacular, pacing the Tigers' starting rotation with an 8-2 record and 2.69 ERA. He led the majors in strikeouts per nine innings at 11.1 and was second in the American League in strikeouts with 231.
With Scherzer coming to terms, all seven arbitration eligible players have agreed to contacts. Dave Dombrowksi's streak remains intact, never having gone into arbitration during his tenure as Tigers' general manager.