January 17th, 2014

Arbitration updates: Dirks, Porcello, Jackson, Scherzer, Alburquerque sign

The Tigers were talking all the way up to and past the 1 p.m. deadline for arbitration-eligible teams and players to exchange numbers. Before that, they were able to get three of their six cases out of the way, and they’ve reached two more deals after that.

  • The biggest case, Max Scherzer, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $15,525,000. That’s huge for the Tigers, who didn’t agree to terms with Scherzer last year until early February, just before a scheduled hearing.
  • First-time arbitration eligible outfielder Andy Dirks agreed to terms on a $1.625 million deal for 2014. That’s right around the $1.7 million estimate MLB Trade Rumors had posted earlier this offseason.
  • Right-hander Rick Porcello, eligible for the third time, agreed to an $8.5 million contract. MLB Trade Rumors had estimated him around $7.7 million. He made $5.1 million last year.
  • Outfielder Austin Jackson agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $6 million.
  • Reliever Al Alburquerque agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $837,500. That’s a bump from the $700,000 projection MLB Trade Rumors had on him earlier this offseason.

That leaves catcher Alex Avila, who exchanged arbitration figures with the Tigers later Friday. Avila filed for $5.35 million, while the Tigers countered at $3.75 million. If the two sides can’t agree before hearings in February, an arbitrator will decide between one or the other. The Tigers haven’t gone to an arbitration hearing since Dave Dombrowski took over as president and GM in 2002.

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