By Chris Mascaro
January 17, 2014

Max Scherzer (Mark Cunningham/Getty Images) Max Scherzer led the American League with a 0.97 WHIP last season.  (Mark Cunningham/Getty Images)

Reigning AL Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $15.525 million deal with the Tigers on Friday, according to Jon Heyman of

The 29-year-old, who is represented by Scott Boras, went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts in 214 1/3 innings last season. He will be eligible for free agency next year.

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Scherzer has improved his win total in each of his four seasons with the Tigers after a trade from Arizona, and has made at least 30 starts each of the last five seasons.

He has a 73-45 career record with a 3.67 ERA in 174 games (165 starts). In 11 postseason appearances, including nine starts, Scherzer is 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA.

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