Detroit hasn’t gone through with an arbitration hearing since Dave Dombrowski took over as general manager in 2002, settling with every player during that time, but the streak may be in jeopardy.
Max Scherzer requested $7.4 million and the Tigers countered at $6.05 million, and Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that “they continue to talk, but they still have a distance to gap, and they’re running out of time.”
Hearings begin next week, but plenty of deals are struck to avoid arbitration at the last minute and in fact there are some instances of agreements literally seconds before the two sides enter a hearing.
Scherzer made $3.75 million last season while throwing 188 innings with a 3.74 ERA and 231/60 K/BB ratio in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
This is more significant for basketball fans than baseball fans, but Magic Johnson is taking over basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Dan Feldman over at PBT has the full story on that.
For our purposes, you probably know that Johnson is part of the Dodgers ownership group. Anthony McCullough of the L.A. Times got comment from the Dodgers, saying that despite his new full-time job, his status with the Dodgers will be unchanged:
Maybe I’m alone in this, but I’m not entirely certain what Magic does with the Lakers, so the first clause in Kasten’s comment may be doing most of the heavy lifting here.
Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals are closing in on a deal with catcher Matt Wieters. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that it’s a two-year deal. UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is for two years, at $21 million. There is an opt-out for him after year one. He will get $10 million in 2017 and, if he returns in 2018, he’ll get $11 million.
Wieters was not expected to go this long without signing, but his market, which many thought would be robust, never materialized. The Nats had been rumored to be interested for months, but they were apparently waiting to swoop in late and get what one presumes will be a bargain.
Wieters, 30, finished last season hitting .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 464 plate appearances. The Nationals currently have Derek Norris and Jose Lobaton, so who falls where in the catcher fight in Washington is unclear, but one presumes that Wieters getting a two-year deal puts him at the top of the depth chart.