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MLB notebook: Tigers, Scherzer agree for $15.5M

| Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, 7:54 p.m.

AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer agreed to a one-year contract with the Tigers for $15.525 million, setting himself up for an even bigger payday when he becomes eligible for free agency after the season.

Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts as the Tigers advanced to the AL championship series against Boston.

He made $6.725 million last year, and another stellar season could put him in position to gain a deal similar to those of teammate Justin Verlander ($180 million for seven years) and Seattle's Felix Hernandez ($175 million for seven) or even the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw ($215 million for seven).

General manager Dave Dombrowski said this one-year agreement doesn't necessarily preclude a lengthier deal before opening day.

“We still have that desire,” Dombrowski said.

Detroit also reached one-year agreements with right-handers Rick Porcello and Al Alburquerque and outfielders Andy Dirks and Austin Jackson.

Zimmermann signs

Right-handed starter Jordan Zimmermann, former closer Drew Storen and lefty Ross Detwiler agreed to contracts with the Nationals, avoiding arbitration.

Zimmermann signed a two-year, $24 million deal, reported. He will make $7.5 million in 2014 and $16.5 million in 2015.

Zimmermann went 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA in 213 13 innings last season.

ChiSox avoid hearings

The White Sox agreed to one-year contracts with infielder Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza and avoided arbitration with both players.

Beckham will receive $4.175 million in base salary, while De Aza will receive $4.25 million.

A-Rod suits stay split

Federal judges said two lawsuits Alex Rodriguez filed against MLB can remain on separate tracks for now.

U.S. District Judges Lorna G. Schofield and Edgardo Ramos issued a joint order in Manhattan granting a request by the Yankees' third baseman's lawyers.

MLB and the MLB Players Association had asked that they be combined before one judge.

Padres, Headley agree

The Padres agreed to a one-year deal with third baseman Chase Headley to avoid arbitration.

Headley, whose performance dropped after a career year in 2012, agreed to a deal worth $10.5 million.

Braves reach deals for 4

The Braves agreed to one-year contracts with pitchers Kris Medlen and Mike Minor, infielder Chris Johnson and outfielder Jordan Schafer.

The agreements left the Braves with three players in arbitration: closer Craig Kimbrel, first baseman Freddie Freeman and outfielder Jason Heyward.

Around the league

Outfielder Brett Gardner and pitchers Ivan Nova, David Robertson and Shawn Kelley agreed to one-year contracts with the Yankees. ... The Brewers agreed to a minor league contract with infielder Mark Reynolds. The 30-year-old hit .220 last season with 21 homers and 67 RBIs for the Indians and Yankees. … The Royals agreed to a one-year $3.6 million deal with first baseman Eric Hosmer. … The Cardinals agreed to one-year contracts with outfielders Jon Jay and Peter Bourjos. ... The Marlins reached an agreement with slugger Giancarlo Stanton. The outfielder, who currently makes $537,000 a year, will see his salary jump to $6.5 million in 2014, FOX Sports reported.

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