By Ashley Dunkak
DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) – Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration Friday, settling on $15.525 million for 2014. Scherzer will be a free agent after the upcoming season, so even that significant amount of money is likely a bargain for Scherzer compared to what agent Scott Boras will demand for him long-term.
Scherzer had a banner year in 2013. He won 21 games and finished the season with a 2.90 ERA. He started the All-Star Game for the American League, won the AL Cy Young Award and entered the playoffs as Detroit’s number one starter.
Prior to that spectacular season, Scherzer’s career ERA was 3.88, and he had won 52 games.
In March 2013, the Tigers paid fellow ace Justin Verlander $180 million for seven years. Just recently, Los Angeles Dodgers phenomenon Clayton Kershaw received $215 million for seven years. Where in that range – or how far below it – Scherzer’s next deal will fall has yet to be determined, though Kershaw’s massive contract could influence it.