Arbitration is usually a more cost-effective option than signing a player in free agency.
With Tigers starting pitcher David Price, however, the arbitration price tag was hefty. The Tigers and Price agreed to a record one-year, $18.75 million deal, according to CBSSports.com, avoiding going to an arbitration hearing and taking the two sides to when Price becomes a free agent after the 2015 season.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski also told the New York Post that it wasn't likely the Tigers would be re-signing free agent pitcher Max Scherzer, currently the biggest name left on the free agent market.
“I would say no, probably not,” Dombrowski responded when asked for a prediction on whether Scherzer would end up in Detroit.
Tigers feel set
With Price taken care of, the Tigers feel they are in good shape. After Scherzer turned down the Tigers' six-year, $144-million offer in the spring, it was clear he would go the free agent route.
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At that point, Price was brought in.
“We’ve been in a situation where we’re pretty well set with our starting pitching,” Dombrowski said. “We’ve got five starters that we’re comfortable [with]. I guess you never tell what happens, but we’re not in any type of active pursuit of any other pitching right now.”
Justin Verlander, Price and Anibal Sanchez are set atop the team's rotation while newcomers Shane Greene and Alfredo Simon are expected to fill the final two spots.
Rotations, however, rarely stay healthy and teams always want to have more arms around.
Green was 5-4 with a 3.78 ERA last year with the Yankees while Simon was 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA for the Reds.
The Tigers also added to their bullpen - which already had Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria, Bruce Rondon and Al Aburquerque – with Tom Gorzelanny and Ian Krol.