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Price gets $19.75 million as 95 in MLB arbitration settle

January 17, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Detroit Tigers pitcher David Price set a record for the highest one-year contract for a player in salary arbitration, agreeing to a $19.75 million deal Friday as 95 players reached agreements on the busiest day of baseball’s offseason.

Several other pitchers got big salaries, including Washington’s Doug Fister ($11.4 million) and Stephen Strasburg ($7.4 million), Boston’s Rick Porcello ($12.5 million), San Diego’s Ian Kennedy ($9.85 million), and Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago White Sox ($9.8 million).

Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis, with one game left to serve on a 25-game suspension for using the banned stimulant Adderall, got the largest deal among position players Friday at $12 million. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, coming off season-ending elbow surgery in June, agreed at $8,275,000, and New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy at $8 million.

Of the cases still to be determined, Houston outfielder Dexter Fowler asked for the most at $10.8 million, with the Astros offering $8.5 million.

Baltimore outfielder Steve Pearce presented the biggest difference: He asked for $5.4 million and the team offered $2 million. Orioles pitcher Bud Norris also had a big gap, requesting $10.25 million as the team offered $7.5 million.

Cases that don’t settle will be scheduled for hearings next month.

Price’s deal topped pitcher Max Scherzer’s $15,525,000 agreement with Detroit last year. Scherzer is now a free agent, and Price can go on the open market after this year’s World Series, when he will be 30.

Price went 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA last season, when he made $14 million. He led the major leagues with 271 strikeouts and also set a career high with 248 1-3 innings pitched.

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