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 Posted: Sat Jan 18th, 2014 09:06 pm
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DETROIT -- 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.

Detroit announced Scherzer's deal along with one-year agreements with right-handers Rick Porcello and Al Alburquerque, and outfielders Andy Dirks and Austin Jackson. All had filed for arbitration.

Porcello agreed at $8.05 million and Alburquerque at $837,500.

Catcher Alex Avila is Detroit's only remaining player who filed for arbitration without an agreement. He asked for a raise from $2.95 million to $5.35 million and was offered $3.75 million.

The 29-year-old Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts last season, and the Tigers advanced to the AL championship series against Boston. He made $6,725,000 last year, and another stellar season could put the right-hander in position for a contract similar to those of teammate Justin Verlander ($180 million for seven years) and Seattle's Felix Hernandez ($175 million for seven) or even the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw ($215 million for seven).

Porcello went 13-8 with a 4.32 ERA and a career-high 142 strikeouts in 2013. Alburquerque appeared in 53 games, posting a 4-3 record and a 4.59 ERA.

Dirks hit .256 with 16 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 37 RBIs. Jackson batted .272 with 30 doubles, seven triples, 12 homers and 49 RBIs.

Detroit freed up some money by trading first baseman Prince Fielder and right-hander Doug Fister, but the Tigers also signed closer Joe Nathan. With Verlander and right-hander Anibal Sanchez already earning big money, Detroit faces a challenge trying to keep together an impressive core.

Scherzer's deal was announced a day after David Price's one-year agreement with Tampa Bay. Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young winner, agreed at $14 million.

Verlander had core muscle repair surgery earlier this month, but he's expected back during spring training. If healthy, he and Scherzer form perhaps the best starting duo in baseball, with Sanchez, Porcello and Drew Smyly rounding out the rest of the rotation.

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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with home run king Chris Davis for $10.35 million, avoiding arbitration.

Davis led the majors last season with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs, both career highs. He earned $3.3 million.

The 27-year-old Davis played in 160 games, batted .286, had 167 hits and scored 103 runs.

The Orioles also reached an agreement Friday with arbitration-eligible pitchers Tommy Hunter, Bud Norris, Brian Matusz and Troy Patton.

Hunter was 6-5 with a 2.81 ERA in a career-high 68 games for the Orioles last year. He will earn $3 million in 2014, a solid increase from the $1.82 million he received last season.

After coming to Baltimore in a trade with Houston, Norris went 4-3 in 11 games. The right-hander agreed to terms on a $5.3 million contract.

Matusz and Patton, both left-handers, pitched out of the bullpen. Matusz will earn $2.4 million in 2014 after receiving $1.6 million last season, and Patton will receive $1,275,000 next season, up from $825,000 in 2013.

The Orioles have exchanged arbitration figures with catcher Matt Wieters, offering $6.5 million while he's seeking $8.75 million.

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All-Star pitcher Jordan Zimmermann avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $24 million contract with the Washington Nationals on Friday.

Shortstop Ian Desmond also agreed to a two-year deal with the Nationals before Friday's deadline for submitting arbitration figures. Other Nationals players agreeing to contracts included former closer Drew Storen, catcher Wilson Ramos and left-handers Ross Detwiler and Jerry Blevins.

Right-handed starter Doug Fister, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a trade this offseason, and right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard filed for arbitration.

The extension buys out the final two years of arbitration for Zimmermann, who will be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season. The Nationals had been talking with Zimmermann and his agents about a longer extension, but the sides were unable to reach agreement before Friday's deadline.

Zimmermann, 27, went 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA in 2013, and finished seventh in National League Cy Young Award balloting. He was one of 10 Nationals players who were eligible for arbitration entering this offseason. Pitcher Stephen Strasburg recently avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.975 million contract for 2014.

Desmond hit .280 with 20 homers and 80 RBIs in 2013, along with a career-best .971 fielding percentage. He was an NL All-Star in 2012, when he hit 25 homers and helped Washington win its division.

Ramos hit .272 with 16 homers in only 287 at-bats, missing time because of leg injuries.

Storen was 4-2 with three saves and a 4.52 ERA in 61 2/3 innings in 2013, when he also was sent to Triple-A Syracuse in July for a brief stint in the minors. He had 43 saves in 2011, missed the first part of 2012 because of right elbow surgery, then was switched to a setup role last season after Washington signed Rafael Soriano.

Detwiler was 2-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 2013, splitting time between the rotation and bullpen.

Washington got Blevins from the Oakland Athletics in a trade last month. He was 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA in a career-high 67 games in 2013.

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NEW YORK -- Outfielder Brett Gardner and pitchers Ivan Nova, David Robertson and Shawn Kelley have agreed to one-year contracts with the New York Yankees, raising the team's luxury tax payroll to about $181.5 million for 19 players with agreements.

Gardner gets $5.6 million under Friday's deal, while Robertson earns $5,215,000, Nova $3.3 million and Kelley $1,765,000.

New York, which settled with all its players in arbitration, hopes to be under the $189 million luxury tax threshold. It would appear the Yankees might go over the mark even if they don't sign Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

The Yankees' payroll was lowered by Alex Rodriguez's season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. While he would have counted for $27.5 million on the team's tax payroll, the suspension likely will lower his figure $3,155,738, pending agreement by Major League Baseball and the players' association.

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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have agreed to one-year deals with third baseman Chase Headley and infielder-outfielder Kyle Blanks to avoid arbitration.

Headley, whose performance dropped after a career-year in 2012, agreed to a deal worth $10,525,000. He made $8,575,000 last season.

Headley won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards in 2012 before struggling most of last year. He is eligible for free agency after this season. The Padres attempted to negotiate a long-term deal early last season but Headley said he didn't want to talk during the season.

Blanks' contract is for $987,500, a raise of $382,500.

The club agreed Thursday night with right-handers Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross, and shortstop Everth Cabrera.

Kennedy will make $6.1 million, Ross $1.98 million and Cabrera $2.45 million. Cabrera was suspended the final 50 games of 2013 for his relationship to Biogenesis of America, a closed anti-aging clinic in Florida accused of distributing banned performing-enhancing drugs.

Right-hander Andrew Cashner is San Diego's only player left in arbitration. He asked for $125,000 more than the team's offer of $2,275,000.

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MIAMI -- Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $6.5 million, one-year contract.

The team also reached one-year agreements Friday with relievers Steve Cishek for $3.8 million and Mike Dunn for $1.4 million. Both had been eligible for arbitration.

Stanton was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He made $537,000 last year and received a hefty raise despite a disappointing season interrupted by injury, batting a career-low .249 with 24 home runs and 74 RBIs.

Stanton is a frequent subject of trade speculation, and the thrifty Marlins haven't offered the right fielder a long-term deal. He has 117 homers in his four major-league seasons and is only 24.

Cishek had a career-high 34 saves in 36 chances last year with an ERA of 2.33.

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MILWAUKEE -- Infielder Mark Reynolds agreed to a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Reynolds would get a $2 million salary if added to the 40-man major league roster, and he can terminate the agreement announced Friday if he is not put on the big league roster by March 24.

If he makes the major league team, Reynolds could earn $600,000 in performance bonuses: $125,000 each for 200, 300, 400 and 500 plate appearances. There are additional award bonuses.

Reynolds is a .233 hitter with 202 homers, 568 RBIs, 459 walks and 1,276 strikeouts. He hit .220 last season with 21 homers and 67 RBIs for Cleveland and the New York Yankees.

The 30-year-old Reynolds can play first or third base. His most recent at-bat in the majors drew some attention: He hit a go-ahead home run in the 14th inning at Houston last September in the final game in uniform of Yankees teammates Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte.

Milwaukee also reached one-year agreements with its two players in arbitration, giving right-hander Marco Estrada $3,325,000 and infielder Juan Francisco $1.35 million.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals agreed to one-year deals Friday with first baseman Eric Hosmer, right-hander Luke Hochevar and utilityman Emilio Bonifacio to avoid going to arbitration.

Hosmer, who made just $528,250 last season, received the biggest bump to $3.6 million with a $50,000 bonus if he makes his first All-Star team. Hochevar will make $5.21 million while being eligible for up to $400,000 in incentives, and Bonificio will make $3.5 million.

The Royals agreed with left-handed reliever Tim Collins on a one-year deal worth $1,362,500 on Thursday. That leaves only All-Star closer Greg Holland, fellow relief pitcher Aaron Crow and outfielder Justin Maxwell as their unsigned arbitration-eligible players.

The deadline for teams and players to exchange contract figures was Friday. Arbitration hearings begin in February.

Hosmer, who endured an awful sophomore slump in 2012, is coming off a bounce-back year in which he hit .320 with 17 homers and 79 RBIs while playing in 159 games. He also won his first Gold Glove while helping Kansas City to an 86-76 finish, its best since the 1989 season.

The Royals control Hosmer for three more seasons through arbitration, but most people believe they will try to sign him to a long-term deal before he reaches free agency. General manager Dayton Moore has routinely declined to comment on the status of such negotiations.

Hochevar, who made $4.56 million, is due to become a free agent after this season. The first overall pick in the 2006 draft, Hochevar struggled as a starter but flourished in the bullpen last season, going 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA in 58 games.

Bonifacio, who made $2.6 million last season, arrived in a midseason trade from Toronto. While he hit just .243 for the year, Bonifacio hit .285 with the Royals, and his ability to play second, third and shortstop along with the outfield made him a valuable utility player.

Bonifacio was in line to become the starting second baseman until the Royals signed veteran Omar Infante to $30.25 million, four-year contract in December.

''I like our team,'' Moore said in a recent interview. ''I feel very good about the way we finished the second half last season, and the chemistry in the clubhouse is good.''

The Royals have been aggressive this offseason, signing left-hander Jason Vargas to a $32 million, four-year deal to make up for the likely loss of right-hander Ervin Santana in free agency, and trading reliever Will Smith to the Brewers for outfielder Norichika Aoki.

Those moves, along with raises given to arbitration-eligible players, will likely push the Royals payroll past $90 million for the first time. That's led to speculation that Moore would seek to cut payroll through a trade - designatred hitter Billy Butler, who is owed $8.5 million, has been bandied about in what Moore downplayed as ''hot stove rhetoric.''

''We're not under any directive to cut,'' Moore said, ''but at the same time you want to put together a team where players can be utilized well. My main focus is put the best team we can on the field, work to gel the current pool of players in a way that creates synergy and togetherness and a winning team, and we certainly have financial people who remind me of where we are.

''But right now, and it's been from Day One, our focus has always been putting the best team on the field. We've always tried to take advantage of opportunities that exist for us to do that.''

NOTES: Holland requested $5.2 million and was offered $4.1 million. Crow asked for $1.7 million and was offered $1.28 million; Maxwell submitted $1.7 million and Kansas City $1,075,000.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Neftali Feliz agreed to a $3 million contract with the Texas Rangers and Alexi Ogando accepted a deal worth $2,625,000.

The one-year agreements with the right-handed pitcher Friday left designated hitter Mitch Moreland as the only Texas player remaining in salary arbitration.

Feliz returned in August from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, and pitched 4 2-3 scoreless innings in six appearances. With the departure of Joe Nathan in free agency, Feliz could return to a closer role for Texas.

Ogando was 7-4 with a 3.11 ERA in 18 starts and five relief appearances last season, when he had three stints on the disabled list for right biceps tendinitis and then right shoulder inflammation. Ogando is expected to remain a starter.

Moreland asked for a raise from $502,700 to $3.25 million. Texas offered $2,025,000.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) 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.

Blanco's deal announced Friday is for $2,525,000, Abreu's is for $987,500 and Petit's is for $845,000.

First baseman Brandon Belt and infielder Joaquin Arias remain in arbitration. Belt asked for $3.6 million and the team offered $2.05 million; Arias is seeking $1.5 million to the team's $1.1 million.

Blanco batted .265 with three home runs and 41 RBIs last season. He has been a defensive specialist since joining the Giants two years ago, including making a diving catch to preserve Matt Cain's perfect game in 2012.

Petit went 4-1 with a 3.56 ERA in eight games last season with San Francisco. Abreu batted .268 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 53 games.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) 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.

Gregerson's deal announced Friday is worth $5,065,000, Lowrie's is for $5.25 million, Moss' contract is for $4.1 million and Gentry's is for $1,145,000.

The switch-hitting Lowrie 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.

Gregerson was acquired from San Diego on Dec. 3 for slugger Seth Smith after going 6-8 with four saves and a 2.71 ERA. And the A's got Gentry from Texas in a four-player trade on Dec. 3 after he batted .280 with two home runs and 22 RBIs.

The only Oakland player remaining in arbitration is right fielder Josh Reddick. He asked for $3.25 million and the A's offered $2 million.

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PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with reliever Joe Thatcher on Friday, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2,375,000.

The 32-year-old left-hander was 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 72 appearances with the Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres last season.

Arizona also swapped arbitration figures with outfielders Mark Trumbo and Gerardo Parra. Trumbo asked for $5.85 million, while the Diamondbacks were at $3.4 million. Parra asked for $5.2 million, compared to a $4.3 million proposal by the team.

Arizona acquired Trumbo from the Los Angeles Angels in a three-team trade in December. The slugger hit .234 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs last year.

Thatcher came to Arizona as part of the July 31 trade that sent right-hander Ian Kennedy to the Padres.

Since 2007, Thatcher ranks third among major leaguers in the percentage of inherited runners to score at 19 percent.

He has a career record of 8-12 with a 3.34 ERA in 309 games over seven seasons with San Diego and Arizona.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins and right-hander Anthony Swarzak have agreed to a $935,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

Swarzak went 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 48 games for the Twins last season. He made all of those appearances out of the bullpen for the first time in his four-year career.

In years past, Swarzak was often used as a spot starter when the rotation faltered or someone went down with an injury. The versatility makes him a valuable member of the staff, one that manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson trust to put out there in a number of situations.

The deal, which was announced on Saturday, means the Twins have reached contracts with all their arbitration-eligible players for 2014.

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NEW YORK (AP) Pitcher John Lannan and infielder Omar Quintanilla have agreed to minor league contracts with the New York Mets.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Lannan is expected to compete for the fifth starter's job at spring training. He was 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA last year in 14 starts for Philadelphia. He was sidelined from April 17 to June 17 by a strained tendon in his left knee and didn't pitch after Aug. 14 because of chronic tendinitis that needed surgery.

Lannan, who was born in Long Beach, N.Y., and attended Chaminade High School in Mineola, has a 45-58 record and a 4.12 ERA in seven big league seasons.

The 32-year-old Quintanilla hit .222 with two homers and 21 RBIs last year for the Mets, making 89 starts at shortstop.

New York also settled its arbitration case with right-hander Dillon Gee, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,625,000 - the midpoint between the $4.05 million he had requested and the $3.2 million he had been offered Friday.

First baseman-outfielder Lucas Duda is the last Mets player remaining in arbitration.

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers have signed Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract, making him the latest candidate for the team’s first-base job.

Milwaukee announced Monday that Overbay has an invitation to big league camp in spring training next month.

The left-handed Overbay hit .240 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs in 142 games last year for the Yankees. He returns to Milwaukee, where he played two seasons starting in 2004. His 53 doubles that year are a single-season franchise record.

Overbay joins Mark Reynolds and Juan Francisco as potential options at first for Milwaukee. Reynolds was signed to a minor league deal last week.

First base was a problem after Corey Hart missed the 2013 season following right knee surgery. Hart signed a free-agent deal this off-season with Seattle.

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