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Locking up Max Scherzer might be next move for Detroit Tigers

After Justin Verlander was the talk of the 2012 season, Max Scherzer took the headlines in 2013. He was dominant, going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and striking out a career-high 240 hitters.

He also wore funny goggles.

Eligible for free agency after the 2014 season, Scherzer avoided arbitration with the Tigers last year. Jason Beck of writes that the sides will look to do the same this year and that a long-term deal for Scherzer might be in play as the team’s next move.

The Tigers’ history under Dombrowski suggests they’ll try to avoid arbitration before delving too deeply into long-term talks, though in some cases over the years the two have gone in hand-in-hand. A one-year extension could then be factored into a longer-term deal if the two sides can reach one.”

That has the potential to tie up quite a bit of money in two starting pitchers. Then again, when a team can afford to hand out these types of big money extensions, what better way than to lock up two Cy Young award winners?

The arbitration process starts on January 14th. Beck also notes that the Tigers will soon face a contract decision with Miguel Cabrera, so there will be plenty of work for the front office to keep their team in tact.

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