The Detroit Tigers clubhouse took a sigh of relief this weekend as they were able to keep three keys pieces to their roster for the 2014 season. Center fielder Austin Jackson, reliever Al Alburquerque, and starter Max Scherzer have all signed new one-year contracts and avoid the need for arbitration.
Jackson is a 3rd year lead-off hitter who just came off a .272/.337/.417 season in 552 at-bats. He notched 12 homers and 49 RBIs. The 26 year old signed a one year deal for $6 million.
Alburquerque is a right handed mid-reliever with two years of experience. In 2013 in 49 IP he posted a 4-3 record with a 4.59 ERA and 70 strikeouts, a 1.49 WHIP, and 10 holds. He signed a one-year deal worth $837,000.
The most important sign was starting pitcher and 2013 AL Cy Young award winner, Max Scherzer. While a long-term deal wasn.t able to happen, Scherzer signed to stay for at least one more season with a $15.525 million deal. The ace posted career numbers in 2013 with a 21-3 record and posting a 2.90 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, and 240 strikeouts.
Spring training for the Tigers is slated to start on February 25th.
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