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.
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms a report from Daniel Álvarez Montes of EVTV Miami that the Braves are calling up outfield prospect Ronald Acuña from Triple-A Gwinnett.
The move is obviously much anticipated and expected, as Acuña is considered the top prospect in baseball among those who hadn’t been called up to the majors yet. Acuña has had a slow start with Gwinnett, as he’s batting only .215/.301/.277 in 73 plate appearances. However, he has turned things around somewhat in recent days, batting .379 with a double and a homer since April 17.
Acuña should be in Wednesday’s starting lineup against the Reds and he should be a lineup regular going forward. The expectations are high for Acuña, who signed with the Braves as an international free agent in July 2014.