DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer agreed to a one-year contract that leaves his future with the Detroit Tigers as uncertain as ever.
The AL Cy Young Award winner’s deal for 2014 is worth $15,525,000, and it enables Scherzer and the Tigers to avoid arbitration with the right-hander’s 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 sign a long-term contract with him.
General manager Dave Dombrowski said Friday this one-year agreement doesn’t necessarily preclude a lengthier deal before opening day.
“We still have that desire,” Dombrowski said.
A’s sign Lowrie, Moss
to one-year deals
The Oakland Athletics have agreed to one-year contracts with four players in arbitration: infielders Jed Lowrie and Brandon Moss, outfielder Craig Gentry and reliever Luke Gregerson.
Lowrie’s deal Friday is for $5.25 million. The switch-hitter batted .290 with 15 home runs and 75 RBIs last year. Moss hit a team-leading 30 home runs and finished second with 87 RBIs while hitting .256.
Giants sign Blanco, 2 others
The Giants have agreed to one-year deals with three of their five players in salary arbitration: outfielder Gregor Blanco, right-hander Yusmeiro Petit and infielder Tony Abreu. The Giants announced the moves Friday. First baseman Brandon Belt and infielder Joaquin Arias remain in arbitration.
Kershaw finalizes deal
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even Clayton Kershaw has trouble contemplating the enormity of a $215 million, seven-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers that makes him baseball’s richest pitcher. Kershaw gets an $18 million signing bonus, payable in $6 million installments this April 15, July 15 and Sept. 15. He receives salaries of $4 million this year, $30 million next year, $32 million in 2016, $33 million in each of the next two seasons, $32 million in 2019 and $33 million in 2020.