Max Scherzer could be Tigers’ first arbitration hearing since 2002

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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.