Scherzer, Davis reach deals, 39 in arbitration
NEW YORK (AP) — Detroit pitcher Max Scherzer and major league home run champion Chris Davis of Baltimore reached lucrative new deals on Friday as Major League Baseball players and teams swapped proposed figures in salary arbitration.
Of the 146 players who filed for arbitration earlier in the week, 91 reached agreements Friday, leaving 39 headed toward hearings next month.
Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers reached a one-season deal for $15.525 million while Davis and the Orioles agreed at $10.35 million.
Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski said Friday the short-term agreement with Scherzer, who won the 2013 Cy Young award as the American League’s top pitcher, does not preclude a lengthier deal before opening day.
The National League’s Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers formally announced their $215 million, seven-year contract, a record for a pitcher and at $30.7 million the highest average salary in baseball history.
Among the players still in arbitration, Cleveland pitcher Justin Masterson asked for the most at $11.8 million, with the Indians offering $8.05 million. The $3.75 million gap is the largest among the pending cases.
Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey had the second-highest request at $11.6 million, with the Reds offering $8.7 million.
Other large numbers were submitted by Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrell ($9 million to the Braves’ $6.55 million), Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters ($8.75 million to the Orioles $6.5 million) and Washington pitcher Doug Fister ($8.5 million to the Nationals’ $5.75 million).
San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner has the smallest gap among the remaining players, asking for $125,000 more than the Padres’ offer of $2,275,000.
Among the settlements, Washington agreed to a $24 million, two-year deal with pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and a $17.5 million, two-year contract with shortstop Ian Desmond.
AP Sports Writers Beth Harris and Noah Trister contributed to this report.