The Detroit Tigers and pitcher Max Scherzer agreed to a one-year deal on Monday, avoiding arbitration, the team announced.
The deal is worth $6.725 million. Scherzer requested about $7.4 million and the team offered $6.05 before the two sides settled.
Scherzer led all major league starting pitchers by striking out 11.1 batters per nine innings last season and finished with a 16-7 record, with a 3.74 ERA and and 1.27 WHIP.
Scherzer has one year of eligibility left before he can hit the first agent market. The 28-year-old has one more year of arbitration eligibility before reaching free agency.