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|Posted: Sat Jan 17th, 2015 02:07 am||
|Pitcher David Price has agreed Friday to a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers for $19.75 million, according to multiple media outlets.
The agreement, which has yet to be announced, is the largest one-year deal for a player who filed for arbitration, topping Max Scherzer's $15,525,000 agreement with the Tigers last year.
Price, who avoided arbitration, went 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA and a league-leading 271 strikeouts in 2014 with the Tampa Bay Rays and Tigers, who acquired him in a three-team trade July 31.
The move paid dividends for the Tigers when Price held Minnesota scoreless in a division-clinching victory on the final day of the regular season. Detroit won the AL Central for a fourth consecutive year.
The left-hander, who will become a free agent after the 2015 season, made $14 million last season and was the AL Cy Young Award winner for the Rays in 2012.
Price will be a big part of Detroit's attempt to defend its spot atop the division, which looks increasingly tenuous after Kansas City went to the World Series as a wild card last year and the Chicago White Sox made a few significant moves this offseason. Cleveland could also be a threat with its promising rotation.
He is part of the Tigers' star-studded rotation that also includes Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez, although the Tigers traded Rick Porcello this offseason and may lose Scherzer to free agency.
Scherzer remains on the open market, and the Tigers have already shuffled their rotation a bit more. They acquired right-hander Shane Greene from the New York Yankees, and Alfredo Simon was traded from Cincinnati to Detroit last month.
Outfielder J.D. Martinez and right-handers Al Alburquerque and Simon were the other Detroit players eligible for arbitration.