Nathan said the work he has done so far this offseason has gone well, from building confidence in his new arm angle to refining pitches.
“I think the game is doing well,” Verlander said, “and you see that reflected in player salaries and also what the owners are taking in.”
Price names Martinez, not Cabrera, as the most difficult batter he has had to face.
“I feel better than I have in three or four years,” Verlander said. “I’m genuinely excited.”
Price would consider a contract extension with Detroit, but free agency does hold a strong appeal – and not just because of the money.
The deal is a Minor League contract including an invitation to Spring Training. Kelly spent six out of his seven Major League years with the Tigers, batting .234 with 23 home runs.
Scherzer turned down an offer from Detroit last March that would have paid him $144 million from 2015-20.
With the completion of the deals, right-handed relief pitcher Al Alburquerque remains the only arbitration-eligible player the Tigers have yet to settle with.
Major League Baseball will use a pitch clock this season in Class Triple-A and Double-A games.
Even limited by the injuries, the two-time MVP turned in a batting average of .313 and smacked 25 home runs and a career-high 52 doubles.